What Do I Wear for My Headshot Session?

How important is your wardrobe for your session? Let's Discuss!

10/23/20232 min read

Wardrobe rack for actor headshot session
Wardrobe rack for actor headshot session

Choosing the right wardrobe can make a significant difference in the outcome of your photos. The goal is to showcase a range of looks and versatility in your headshots. What are the types of roles you are looking to play? How would those characters dress? Keep in mind we are looking for the vibe of a character, not a costume.

  1. Keep It Simple:

    • Simplicity is key when it comes to headshot wardrobe. Opt for solid colors and classic styles. Avoid busy patterns or overly trendy outfits that may date your photos or be a distraction.

  2. Colors Matter:

    • Consider the colors that complement your skin tone and eye color. Jewel tones like deep blues, greens, and purples can make your features pop, while neutrals like black, gray, and white convey professionalism. Keep in mind the types of roles you are going for here.

  3. Choose Necklines Wisely:

    • V-neck or scoop-neck tops are generally flattering as they elongate the neck and draw attention to your face. Avoid high necklines, which can make your neck appear shorter.

  4. Layer Smartly:

    • Layers can add depth and dimension to your outfit. A blazer, cardigan, or well-fitted jacket can help you achieve a wider variety of looks during your session.

  5. Reflect Your Characters:

    • This is worth repeating... Go all in on the types of roles you typically audition for. If you often go for business professional roles, wear attire that reflects that. If you're a character actor, consider outfits that convey different personalities. That doesn't mean you can't branch out of these looks, but we want to capitalize on what you are already doing.

  6. Avoid Logos and Branding/Graphics:

    • Logos and branding can be distracting and date your photos. Stick to clothing without visible logos, prominent branding or graphics. There can be exceptions if you plan on layering over them for a specific character.

  7. Accessorize Thoughtfully:

    • Minimalistic accessories like small earrings or a simple necklace can add a touch of personality without overwhelming the shot. Avoid large or distracting accessories that steal the focus.

  8. Bring Wardrobe Options:

    • Once you've got your key looks, it's a good idea to have 2-3 options for that look. For example if professional was your look, we can get more specific. Creative professional might look different than corporate lawyer which could look different than public defender.

Remember that the goal of your headshot wardrobe is to sell you as an actor that can provide range and convey your versatility.

By keeping it simple, considering colors, necklines, and character representation, and avoiding distracting elements, you can ensure that your headshots effectively capture your unique qualities as an actor and get your noticed.