What should I wear?

Our headshot photographers give you the scoop


Sending the right message

Before each session, our professional photographers work with clients to learn about their goals and ideas for the photographs.  We help you craft images that send the best message for you and guarantee the right first impression.  Clothing that reflects who you are as a person is encouraged. Capturing your personality is very important in headshot photography that is modern and fresh. The sessions at Francesca Photographers are highly personalized and custom looks that reflect your style are important.

Options and variety are key

Many clients need to use their headshots across a variety of platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, business cards, website, etc.  To keep things fresh, and to tailor your image to each different platform, many people are looking for headshot photography sessions that give them a range of options.  To achieve this goal clients typically choose to be photographed in a variety of different outfits. Please arrive at your session dressed in your favorite outfit, but bring additional clothing selections to change into. Your photographer will consult with you to pair the best outfits with various locations and backgrounds.

Clothing for group portraits

Many offices use their time at a headshot photography session to capture a few group portraits as well.  If there is more than one person in the session we recommend coordinating the clothing colors to make the portrait the best it can be. The clothing does not have to be matching, but a harmonious color scheme can make the difference between a good session and a great session. Some popular color palettes are as follows:

Logos, bold stripes and wild patterns are not recommended because they tend to distract.


Our headshot photographers agree it is important to arrive at your session with your hair and makeup camera ready.

When styling your hair and makeup please keep environmental factors in mind. If you will be photographed outdoors you may want to think about the wind and heat. These elements can cause your hair to blow unflatteringly or shine to form on your face.

Hairspray, hairstyling that showcases your face and anti-frizz products are all helpful when creating the best portrait possible. Remember to smooth down any distracting flyaways.

Makeup is important to consider as well. To avoid additional retouching we typically recommend matte makeup that is free from sparkles and shine. The lighting used by professional photographers can create shinny spots when it reflects off sparkly makeup.

With the right planning, your headshots will give a great presentation and take your image to the next level.

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