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What is your brand? If you have any presence online on a Website or social media sites then you have a brand. This brand is you! Does your image define who you are and represent your brand? I want to work with you to provide an authentic message that’s powerful and conveys that confident yet approachable you! My goal is to provide the very best headshot of you at this very moment.

There’s a myth that headshots are for actors and models only but today this is so far from the truth. The importance of your headshot these days is more relevant now than ever. Take your headshot to another level to promote your social media channels or land your next job!

Invest in you. Define your brand.

Understanding how to prepare for it and what to bring will give you the best chance to give you that killer headshot which could eventually give you more dollars in your pocket.

There are some factors to consider in order to ensure that you look your best.

Trying to figure out what to wear for your headshot session can be very challenging. Wear what you’re comfortable with, what looks good on you.

Be sure to choose clothing appropriate for your type of work and industry position. If in doubt go more conservative with a classic neckline that’s flattering. A V-neck gives length and height to shorter necks, while tank tops may flatter toned arms. If you love your arms – tank tops can work nicely, however, long sleeves work better than short sleeves. Add a lightweight tailored jacket over a tank to cover arms and give a more polished look.

The neckline is very important! Fitted and tailored clothing works best. It is important to note that loose or baggy tops will make you look larger than you desire. Photoshop can fix pimples, wrinkles, and shine, but oversized or undersized clothing can ruin a great headshot session.

In general, solids are better than patterns. Avoid pastels if you have light skin tone – they can wash you out. If in doubt bring one neutral that is light (think cream,beige or light gray), one neutral that is dark (think brown, smokey gray), and then one bright color option. Deep purples look good on every skin tone. Purple is like neutral gray but with a bit of color. If you have long dark brown or black hair and then wear black, your hair will blend more into the clothing, so you may want to consider a lighter colored top. Also keep in mind that as we age, lighter colors may be more flattering and fresh than all black as darker colors near face can draw more attention to wrinkles.

Accessories are fun, but be sure to choose accessories that do not overwhelm your face. The point of a headshot is to accentuate your most engaging features, your face, so distracting from that with a giant pair of earrings or a monster necklace is not a good choice. Most earrings do not show much with longer hair styles, so choose wisely. Often we end up having to Photoshop out (remove) earrings because the reflection looks odd or the headshot looks odd with only one earring showing.


Styling selections to AVOID!

Avoid too loose or baggy clothing, see through tops, wrinkled tops, crazy busy patterns, big ruffles, (sometimes cap sleeves or loose short sleeves do not work well), jackets that are too small for you, shirts that are too tight causing your buttons to look like they could pop out at any moment.
Yes, these all probably seem like no brainers, but you’d be surprised how many people bring these kinds of items to their shoots. Once you’re here, what you’ve got is all we’ve got to work with. That shirt that fit “perfectly” a few years ago might not fit so well today, so be sure to test everything prior to showing up at the shoot.
Trends may seem fashionable today, but keeping with a clean classy look will ensure that your photos will last years longer and still flatter your best assets. It’s always my goal to create a truly visionary photography experience for you from start to finish. Contrary to popular belief, there are really no absolutes when selecting wardrobe for headshots.
Also, consider the option to schedule a pre-shoot wardrobe consultation with myself or one of my professional stylists so that we can ensure you look and feel your absolute best for your session. We’re all busy so we can always do FaceTime or Skype to do this consultation.


  • Make sure you are well rested and hydrated in the DAYS prior to the session
  • Arrive with clean dry hair and skin (no makeup) if you booked a session with a makeup artist
  • Arrive with hair & makeup done as you would normally wear it if you are not getting it done professionally
  • Bring along AT LEAST 4-6 options for tops, with a variety of necklines and strap styles
  • No wildly charismatic tops with complex patterns
  • No tops with branded logos or text
  • If you have long hair please don’t tie it back before the session to avoid creasing your hair but bring along some quality hair ties & clips
  • Matte lipstick is not suggested
  • Ensure any lip liner doesn't extend beyond the lips
  • Fake lashes are not suggested but if you decide to wear them, ensure they are not obnoxious
  • Ensure eyeliner is not extended past the eyes