What To Wear

Helping You Look Your Very Best!

Dressing for your business headshot
The clothing that you wear has a big impact on the business headshot. If you’re going for a casual look, you can wear a t-shirt and jeans, but if you’re going for a formal look, you might want to invest in a suit. If you go for a full business suit, make sure you are prepared for the amount of time and money this will take. Getting fitted for a business suit can take an entire day, and you will likely have to pay a hefty amount. If you don’t have the time or money to get a full business suit, you could always try business casual. You can get away with wearing a blazer and some nice pants.

Bold patterns will be amplified and distract from you. So, do not bring crazy bold patterns for shoot day.  If you are going to wear a polo-style shirt, no logos or writing should be on them unless of course you want them to represent you or your company.  Polo-style shirts can naturally have a small logo, but it’s better not to have one.


When you’re choosing the colors for your business headshot, you want to make sure that you are wearing colors that flatter you. If you go for a very bold outfit and your skin tone doesn’t match the color, you could end up looking washed out and unhealthy. If you’re unsure what colors to wear, what you can do is go to your favorite clothing store and pick out three items that you like a lot. You can then take a picture of each item and use an online color wheel to see which color compliments you best. You don’t necessarily have to go for just one color in your outfit; you can mix and match different pieces to create a unique look.

Be aware of the color choices. I won’t say no to anything as far as color goes because some people look great in colors of very bright or unusual tones, but ask yourself one question before you prep your clothing… Does it distract from my face? When you are walking down the street it’s one thing. When you are on camera it’s another. Be aware of the tones. Stay away from overly bright shades. Red can be fine in one shade and disastrous in another. Look in the mirror! Look at what happens to the light around your neck and face. If you get a lot of distortion… don’t wear it.

Bring at least 3 changes of clothing, you will prefer having the options.  I am of the school of thought that it is better to bring “too much” than too little.

Cameras will pick up wrinkles. So, make sure that you are dressing with as much care as you would if you were meeting face to face with the most important person in your career!


After all, the whole point of headshots is to promote!

Don’t bring any clothing that you know feels weird or sits weird. Chances are it will, at the very least, make you feel weird and that uncomfortable feeling will show up on camera.

Mike Haller



4501 Mattis Road St. Louis, MO 63128