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Headshot tips | business photos

General Tips

  • Tell me your expectations and intentions. How and where the images will be used.
  • Generally, I would like to make a variety of images from business formal to casual both in the studio and just outside the studio in Newtown Borough
  • Be well rested (no hangover portraits here) and feeling good.


What to Wear   Everyone

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Deep royal colors work well with brown eyes and olive skin.


What to Wear    Men

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it’s own
  • Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fits well
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone
  • Avoid white dress shirt, cream color is best (it will photograph white) 
  • Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo


What to Wear   Women

  • Avoid big prints and busy patterns
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • 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. (If you like it, go for it) Consider bringing items with a variety of different sleeves


What to Bring

  • Your previous headshots (so we can improve)
  • Sample headshots to help communicate the look you want


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
  • 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)

Professional makeup artist is best, just give me a call I am right next to Salon Prive and I will coordinate the timing for you.

Preferred vendors  

   Salon Prive | Newtown  (215) 860-2422    

   Blush Hair Salon & Make-Up Studio | Yardley   (215) 321-6186