What makes a great Headshot?

Lots of Rest

Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great.

Jewel tones photograph well and enhance eye color.

Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)

Don't overdress

Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)

Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new

Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes

Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes

Avoid big prints and loud colors DONT WEAR WHITE!!

Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best DONT HAVE BARE ARMS OR DEEP V’s

For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses - ideally darker than your skin tone

Be stylish and fashionable, but remember the picture is about your face and not your clothes or jewelry

Sleeveless tops/dresses can draw attention to your shoulders/arms. Consider bringing items with a variety of different sleeves

Remember: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look and feel good.


Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better

Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated

The picture is about your face, not your jewelry

Hair and Makeup Tips

Make-up should be clean and natural

Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother

Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding

Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine

Avoid frosts or overly-bright colors

Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)

Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)