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Headshot what to wear Austin



How to Prepare for a Professional Headshot

Getting your picture taken can be stressful – trust me, I get it! My goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. My list of trusted tips has a proven track record of success for anyone who stands in front of my lens. For starters, here are my three non-negotiable tips to keep in mind before you get your headshot done:

  1. Get plenty of sleep the night before so that you’re well-rested and ready to go.
  2. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking, and drink plenty of water leading up to your shoot. This will help to keep the skin hydrated and give you a healthy glow.
  3. Bring several outfits and accessories with you if you’re unsure of what to wear. This helps to keep your looks versatile and in alignment with your vibe and mood.   



  • The last thing you want is a bad hair day on the day of your shoot. My biggest piece of advice is do not cut or dye your hair right before the shoot. Men especially, since stylists tend to cut hair a little bit shorter so that it reaches its proper length about two weeks later. Freshly colored hair can look too vibrant and unnatural on camera, especially hair color with any red tones – this will draw more attention to your hair than your face. 

Tip: Schedule your shoot 1-2 weeks after a new haircut or color.

Women: What to wear

Hello ladies! It’s hard enough to pick an outfit on a regular day, so I know the struggle is real when it comes to picking your wardrobe for a shoot. This checklist outlines everything you need for a stress-free headshot!

  • Choose a professional, yet classic look that’s timeless and shows your personality. Remember, head shots don’t reveal too much, so little things like jewelry go a long away.
  • Avoid stark white shirts unless you’re wearing a suit jacket, cardigan or sweater over it.
  • Accentuate your neckline with V-Neck style shirts. Long enough to flatter and short enough to minimize cleavage.
  • Stay away from short-sleeve shirts and tank tops. Professional head shots tend to look better without bear arms. If you’d like to show your arms, I recommend a sleeveless blouse or shift dress, with a blazer or sweater to wear on top.
  • For jewelry, go for it to show some personal style! Earrings are generally a must – simple is better because we don’t want to draw attention away from your face.

Tip:  Find examples on what to wear here: http://bit.ly/2GmXdvE

Hair & Makeup

A question that tons of my clients ask themselves: Should I DIY or hire a professional? Having a professional do your hair and makeup always makes a shoot less stressful and brings an extra polish to your look – but it’s entirely up to you and your budget.

  • Many salons, make up counters and blow bars are great for hair and make up.
  • Blo Blow Dry Bar is great and located near in the Hill Country Galleria:  blomedry.com
  • The trick to a natural look is simply to wear makeup that looks natural! Remember, many times studio lighting can “remove” makeup, so if you’re DIY-ing, don’t be too light-handed.
  • Choose light-to-medium colored eyeliners, eye shadows and lipsticks that are only a shade or two darker than your skin tones. This brings your features out in a subtle manner without making it look like you’re wearing lots of makeup.
  • Avoid FACIAL HIGHLIGHTERS! Anything that is shiny, glittery or glows is a no-go. If you want to add some shimmer to your eyes, that’s fine – but anything on the face is a bad idea and will make your skin appear oily in photographs.
  • Do not fear your skin blemishes, pimples and even wrinkles – all of this can be retouched during editing!

Men: What to Wear  

When choosing what to wear for your professional headshot, think classic. Wear what’s comfortable and what you’ve been complimented most in.

Tip: Find examples on what to wear here: http://bit.ly/2GmXdvE

  • Pick your favorite suit/tie that fits you well. It’s preferable to select a dark-colored suit like navy blue or gray.
  • Choose suits and shirts that don’t bunch up when they’re buttoned up or if you sit down.
  • If you’re going the shirt and tie route, make sure that they match.
  • Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt. For instance, a light shirt, a dark suit and a tie with a shade somewhere in between them. Avoid shiny satin ties.
  • If you don’t wear a tie, wear a colored shirt if possible. White shirts without a jacket and tie to break them up can lose detail in the color and folds.
  •  If you wear a button-down shirt, it’s best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker-colored shirt or something with pockets or details.
  • Stay away from bold, grid-like patterns and colors unless you’re going for a less traditional, more fashion-forward look.



Beards are in and they’re here to stay. If you have one, be sure that you trim it evenly so that it’s nicely groomed. If you’re going clean-shaven, get a good one before your headshot. Dark-colored beards tend to be accentuated in photos, so be sure to trim it well.

For more questions about how to prepare for a professional headshot, contact me directly!


If you want to whiten your teeth before your session, start as early as possible and use a natural whitening method, or have your teeth whitened by your dentist.

Tip: A quick-fix whitening method that works for many people: Crest White Strips.