In order to capture the character of you family, consider your unique style, and your session location carefully. Clothing complements who you are as a family, coordinates with the home setting where your final images will be displayed. We suggest you plan your outfits completely before your session.
Choose a palette including 3-4 colors and then mix it up. You can include both pants and dresses. Shoot for a cohesive look, but don’t feel the need to be overly matchy-match. Solid colors usually photograph best, but don’t be afraid of a little pattern either. Picture a page in a clothing catalog where everyone coordinates, but nobody stands out more than the rest.
Arrange your outfits ahead of time, including accessories. Make sure all clothes are clean & ironed. If clothes are prone to wrinkle, don’t wear to your to the session. Change when you arrive.
Don’t forgot shoes too!
high school SENIOR
What to wear to your senior photos…Match Your Personality! It is important that you wear clothing that is comfortable and your outfit selections should match your personality and your own personal style.
Dress for the season! Try to stick to colors that work with the season. If it is winter time stick to warm clothes so you will be comfortable in for your session and the same goes if it is summer time.
Bring Options: For seniors I always try to give them my thoughts on outfit choices but always tell them to bring a few options so we can pick and choose what we think will work best based on our location.
Be Yourself: For me, one of the biggest pieces of advice I give seniors is for them to feel comfortable and to dress like themselves and then let me do the rest.
Props: I definitely encourage seniors to bring any props that help illustrate their hobbies, personality, or even future plans.
Make sure all clothes are clean & ironed. If clothes are prone to wrinkle, don’t wear to your to the session. Change when you arrive.
Lastly, if you need to shave your beautiful face, please do so! It’s VERY difficult to retouch out later!!!
Preparation is everything when it comes to your headshot.
Deciding what to wear is a big part of that preparation. Getting it right will have you feeling positive and upbeat but getting it wrong can have you feeling uncomfortable, hesitant, and tentative.
First of all, think about the persona and tone you’d like to project. Depending on the culture of your company, you may want to convey an air of formality, knowledge, and trust. Or, maybe the look you want is creative, friendly, hip! Either way, decide the tone you’re going for before the day of the shoot to nail down the feeling you’d like to convey for your company.
Make sure the outfit you choose is something you love and feel completely comfortable wearing. Ill-fitting clothes can make you look heavier than you really are, especially if the fit is too loose or too tight. If the clothes are too loose, your shape will be lost in the photo. Even in a headshot, it will make a difference to the look of your shoulders and neckline. Too tight, and you risk showing button holes pulling and seams stretching.
Patterns or Plain? It’s of my opinion that strong patterns should be avoided on the day of the shoot. Most of the time, they only serve to distract. You want the viewer of the headshot to see your facial expression, not the expression of your clothing, so wear something that only adds to the tone you’re trying to convey.
Colours: MID-TONE PLAIN COLOURS are universally flattering and help the image stand out on a page. They convert well to black and white as well.
BLACK is sombre, guarded, and safe. It probably doesn’t portray the traits you are wanting to project. If you usually wear a lot of black, try substituting it for richer, more neutral colours. Colours such as navy, chocolate, maroon, or dark green.
PASTEL COLOURS, cream or beige, are often similar to flesh tones and can look week, washed-out, and unflattering to your skin.
Jacket on, jacket off? It’s an easy way to create 2 different looks — Jacket on or jacket off.A crisply ironed shirt by itself will give you a look that works well across many different sectors and looks great under a jacket too.
Layering: Don’t be afraid to experiment with textures and layers. A scarf or pashmina can be an easy change between a summer look and a winter look. It will also change your neckline and add volume, texture, and dimension to the photo.
Hair: If you want to vary your hairstyle during the shoot, please do!
We can try some shots with your hair tied up and some with it down. When it’s tied back, it will look better with volume rather than being pulled back too tight. And please remember to bring a hairbrush for last-minute adjustments.
Makeup: Still photography, unlike film or video, requires a much lighter hand with the makeup brush. Keep it light and natural and remember that it’s the eyes and mouth that the person viewing your photo will focus on. If you’re susceptible to shiney skin consider bringing translucent powder which will reduce shine, make your skin look even and your pores look smaller. Avoid products with sparkles!
Bonus Tip: Glasses: It’s fine to wear glasses for your shoot. If they’re part of you, then they need to be included. But they need to be spotlessly clean because any fingermarks or dust will show up on the final image. If you wear them at your desk but won’t be wearing them for the photos, please make sure that you take them off at least half an hour before the shoot. The last thing you want is those little red marks on the side of your nose showing up in the photo!