Six Tips Demystifying Wardrobe for Headshots

With all the insight I provide during our consultation, the wardrobe guideline I send upon booking a headshot session, the wardrobe tips with samples, and all the sample photos underneath my blog articles, the subject of wardrobe still seems to mystify actors. So here it is, the much needed blog about wardrobe.

1. Below are some basic do’s and don’ts. But first, your wardrobe should include only items from your closet that you like. It seems obvious, but it’s truly surprising how many people bring wardrobe they don’t like, and when I choose that item to photograph them in, they object.

  • Do bring lots of vibrant primary colors.
  • Stay away from black unless for a suit, leather jacket or hoodie for an edgy look.
  • Unless choosing for kids, stay away from large patterns. Small patterns, plaid and polka dots are okay for certain looks.
  • Bring white only as a layer; perhaps under a sweater, suit, or an open shirt. Never bring white as a primary option because it will reflect and become a distracting hot spot in your photo.
  • Avoid pastels because similar to white, they tend to wash out.
  • Graphic Tees are okay for certain looks but generally avoid logos and distracting writing on T-shirts.
  • Do bring accessories, including hats, scarfs, glasses and jewelry that define you. You never know what look might be enhanced or expressed with a touch of your personality.

2. Don’t simply bring whatever is in your closet. Put thought into pairing your wardrobe with the marketing looks you’ve settled on and prepare about three to four options for each look.

3. DON’T bring your entire closet. It’s an indication you didn’t do your homework and is counter productive on the day of your session. It takes much longer to sort through a bunch of unusable random clothing items than it does to sort through a well thought out group of items for each look.  Plus, you may still be missing the right items because you didn’t bother to do the research.

4. Unless you’re doing a fitness or yoga look (frequently requested these days), don’t bother bringing the bottom half of your wardrobe. That means other than the comfy pair you come in with, no pants, no skirts and yes, no shoes. It’s called a headshot for a reason. Your reps expect your headshot to be photographed from the waist up, otherwise the thumbnail online makes your face appear too small. Fitness is the only exception to that rule. So really, dump the shoes from your selections before you leave your house!

5. Have all your clothes steamed and ironed the night before so that you’re not rushed the day of your session and be sure to bring them hanging in a garment bag. To prevent your clothing from wrinkling, DO NOT fold and pack your clothing in a suitcase.

6. Lastly, download my wardrobe tips and go through as many posts in my blog as you like and review the photos below each article. All my photos are labeled with the most requested looks from the industry. Find your looks, see what wardrobe is used to convey those looks, and select from your clothes accordingly.

Let us know what you think of these tips in the comment section below!

los-angeles-actor-headshotsAndrew Kane: Casual Dad / Doctor

los-angeles-theatrical-headshotsMark Sawyer: Suburban Grandfather / Middle Management

Douglas Hachiya: Upscale Business / Professor


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Ginny Hill: Hipster

la-headshot-photographersGinny Hill: Office, Love Interest, Heroine

la-child-headshot-photographersSame Fedele: Blue Collar Dad / Detective

hollywood-headshotsStephanie Tyler: Hipster / Love Interest

headshots-los-anglesCoty Nicoson: Backyard BBQ Mom / Computer Tech / Anti Heroine / Victim

great-headshots-los-angelesChristine Castanon: Grad Student / Urban


Ursula Maria: Lawyer / Casual Mom

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