Helpful Information, Tips and Advice on

What To Wear For Your Business Portrait/Corporate Headshots

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Ottawa Photographer - Information, Tips and Advice on What To Wear

For Your Business Portrait and Corporate Headshots

 

9 Tips To Instantly Look Better In Your Business Photos

Everyone wants their website headshot to look professional, successful and of course amazing.  We can help with slimming poses, and our professional retouchers can help with blemishes, lines, wrinkles, yellow teeth or double chins etc.

Here are a few suggestions that you can do to really improve your final professional images.  

 

1: When in doubt about what to wear, a slightly conservative look is best
2: Keep jewelry simple
3: Wearing Green sends a "Don't Trust Me" message
4: Wearing Purple sends a "Cheap Image" message (Eggplant is OK)
5: Wearing Brown sends an "Unsophisticated" message
6: Wearing Black or Navy sends a "Successful and Trust Worthy" message
7: Wear lipstick or lip balm to avoid dry chapped lips

8: To appear slimmer do: wear solid dark colours that fit properly
9: To look slimmer avoid: short sleeves, bold patterns, plaids, shiny fabrics, heavy fabrics and large areas of white or pastels.

Consider props, you are invited to bring in a prop or two if you are looking for a more artsy eye-catching photo. Maybe your product, an award or symbol. We don’t charge any extra if you want to include a prop on a few extra shots.  If the idea works fine, if not we have lost nothing.

 

Last but not least: remember to get a good night sleep for that fresh look.

Please don’t worry: all Spencer Studio portraits include retouching for blemishes, lines, wrinkles, bags under the eyes, whiten teeth etc.

Studies show that your response rate increases 30% if your ad/article/business card/sales letter has your photo on it. Think about the image you want to project in your portrait; conservative, friendly, artsy, approachable.  I would be happy to discuss ideas with you.

Free Downloadable What To Wear For Your Business Photo/Corporate Headshot Tips Sheet PDF Click Here

To Look Slimmer...

 

Wear solid dark colours that fit properly. One colour head to toe. Vertical lines, and high heels make you appear taller and slimmer.

 

AVOID: Lighter colours, white, most pastels, bold patterns, plaids, shiny fabrics, heavy fabrics,

short sleeves, horizontal dividing lines like belts or a different colour. Also avoid clothes that are too tight or too loose.

Helpful Information, Tips and Advice on What To Wear For Your Business Portrait For Women

 

Tips on Clothes, Colours, & Shoes:  When it comes to clothes, keep in mind that you want to appear professional but friendly.  When in doubt about what to wear, a slightly conservative look is best.  A jacket in blue, navy, grey, burgundy, or black are always safe choices. Try and avoid large areas of light pastels, bold stripes, bold patterns or anything that is too distracting, a subtle pattern is fine. Solid colours are always the safest choices.  Also, avoid short sleeves if a jacket is not worn, upper arms always tend to photograph wider than they are in real life.  Keep in mind that dark colours are "slimming.”

Business portraits are typically head and shoulders so don't worry about your shoes.

Start with clean, pressed clothes. We don't want to worry about wrinkles or stains.

Bring lip balm or lipstick and a comb or brush.

 

Advice on Hands: Ladies hands are sometimes included in portraits, they add femininity and elegance. Having your nails done is important.  Pay special attention to the rings and watch you plan to wear.

 

Advice on Makeup:  Remember to bring along some makeup (lipstick and powder) for touch ups.  Under the lights  lips tend to dry, bring lipstick or lip balm.

Free Downloadable What To Wear For Your Business Photo/Corporate Headshot Tips Sheet PDF Click Here

Cool Quick Tip To Take Out Wrinkles

 

To quickly un-wrinkle (or is it de-wrinkle?) a shirt or pair of pants, throw them in the dryer with a Bounce sheet or a damp towel for about 5-10 minutes.

Helpful Information, Tips and Advice on What To Wear For Your Business Portrait For Men

 

Advice on Clothes, Colours, & Shoes:  When it comes to clothes, keep in mind that you want to appear professional but friendly.  When in doubt about what to wear, a slightly conservative look is best.  A jacket in blue, navy, grey, burgundy, and black are always safe choices. Try and avoid bold stripes, bold patterns, or anything that is too distracting, a subtle pattern is fine, solid colours are usually best.  Keep in mind that dark colours are "slimming.” Business portraits are typically head and shoulders so don't worry about your shoes.

Start with clean, pressed clothes. We don't want to worry about wrinkles or mustard stains.

Bring lip balm or lipstick and a comb or brush.

Tie/Jacket/Shirt Tips: For a “trust me” conservative look, suit or blazer with a white shirt and tie.  The classic “Solid, Pattern, Solid” is usually the best choice. Solid colour jacket, Pattern tie, Solid colour shirt.

Carefully consider the pros and cons of any lapel pins.

 

Under the lights  lips tend to dry, bring some lip balm.

 

Shaving Tips: Try to shave an hour or so before your portrait, five o'clock shadows tend to photograph darker than they appear.

Free Downloadable What To Wear For Your Business Photo/Corporate Headshot Tips Sheet PDF Click Here
 

IMPORTANT Tip: Avoid The Dreaded Moiré Pattern

 

Please avoid jackets or shirts with a very fine pattern or pinstripes. The digital sensor in the digital cameras sometimes adds unwanted colours and patterns its called a Moiré Pattern.

Avoid Oxford Cloth shirts for this reason.

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