What Should a Woman Wear for a Professional Headshot?

Headshot Corporate Los Angeles – by Vanie Poyey

So you’ve been called in for a professional headshot and you’re not sure what to wear. Don’t worry, I’ve got you! In this post we’ll give you some tips on what clothing is best for women to wear for a business headshot, as well as how to style your hair and makeup.

  • Dress appropriately for your industry. Lawyers and doctors tend to the more formal side, for example. If you’re in tech or a more creative field and typically dress casual for work, consider stepping it up a bit for your headshot— nothing overly formal, but just a bit more dressed up. This will help you feel more confident and shows viewers you’re a professional.
  • Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Your clothes should fit well without being too loose or restrictive. Otherwise, you risk looking unprofessional, and if you’re uncomfortable (either physically or mentally), that’s going to come through in your shots. Wear what makes you feel good!
  • Opt for solid colors or simple patterns. Bold colors and patterns tend to distract the viewer from your face. Unless it clarifies your brand, stay away from logos for the same reason. Keeping color theory in mind can help as well! For example, dark colors are often perceived as being more formal and authoritative, while light/muted colors tend to make you appear friendly and approachable.
  • Keep your hair and makeup light and natural. It may go without saying, but your business headshots should be an accurate representation of yourself. If, in your photo, you’re all glammed up, that’s what prospective clients or employers will expect to see when they meet you in person. Aside from that, it can make you look unprofessional. Keeping the makeup light will give you a polished look that helps reduce fine lines, shine, and even out skin tones, without appearing overdone.

So, what should a woman wear for her professional headshot? The answer is simple– something that makes you look like the best version of yourself! That could mean wearing your favorite blazer or dress, styling your hair in your go-to style, or even sporting a smile that feels authentic to you. If you’re not sure where to start, many studios (like mine!) offer wardrobe guides and insight to help you out. After all, these images will represent your profession for years to come, so it’s important to be prepared!

Got any tips of your own? I’d love to hear them.


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