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Tales of a Headshot and Portrait Photographer:

The Art of Expression

Playing Dress-Up with Headshots: Color, Patterns, and the Secrets to Looking Your Best

by | Actor Headshots, Headshot Tips, Personal Branding and Business Headshots

“What color works best for headshots?” I hear you ask. “Well, my friend,” I say with a sly grin, “you’re about to embark on a fashion journey that will take us through the looking glass of headshot photography.”

Up Close and Personal: The Profile Picture Perspective

Headshot of denim jacket wearing actress Bobby famous for her role in the Walking DeadLet’s start with the close-ups, the bread and butter of the headshot world, the profile picture. For these shots, your face is the star of the show. It’s like the Beyoncé of the Destiny’s Child that is your entire outfit. You don’t want Kelly and Michelle – I mean, your bold patterns and loud colors – upstaging Queen B.

So, what’s the key here? Subtlety is your friend. You want to wear something that complements, rather than competes with, your natural radiance. Stick with simple, unobtrusive patterns or better yet, go patternless. The color? Well, I have a soft spot for blues and dark reds, but the rule of thumb is: if you’re comfortable in it, wear it. After all, your comfort will shine through and make your headshot glow with an authenticity that just can’t be faked. Remember, you’re not trying to hide; you’re looking to highlight who you are.

Taking a Step Back: Full-body and Table Portraits

Smiling blond-haired, blue-eyed financial advisor with arms crossed on a granite table, set against a blue background. Wearing a blue and light brown plaid jacket, blue shirt, and a prominent gold watchNow, let’s move on to the more distant shots. These are the equivalent of a movie poster where you, my friend, are the lead actor. This is where the story of you is told not just through your face but through your whole presence. Your outfit becomes part of the narrative, adding layers to your character (literally and metaphorically).

For these shots, your clothes can and should be a bit bolder. They’re no longer the backup singers; they’re part of the band. If you’re a fan of patterns and bright colors, go for it! This is your opportunity to let your personality shine through your fashion choices. Your clothes should represent you and your brand. They should be like a visual elevator pitch, telling your story at a glance.

But remember, whether you’re going for the close-up or the distant shot, the main focus should always be you. Your clothes should enhance, not overshadow. After all, you’re the star of this show.

Headshot 101: Choosing the Perfect Color Palette

So, there you have it: the long and short (mostly long) answer to “what color works best for headshots”. It’s not about finding the perfect color; it’s about finding the perfect color for *you*. And if you’re still feeling a little lost in the wardrobe woods, don’t worry – I’m here to guide you through. After all, I’m not just a professional photographer; I’m also your headshot fashion fairy godmother.

Now, go forth and color your headshots with the best version of you!



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High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.
 Marie Feutrier, a French transplant in Gilbert, AZ, masterfully captures personalities through her lens. With an accent as charming as her photos, she doesn’t just take your picture, she tells your story, one click at a time.

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