Professional Headshots and Business Portraits: What to Wear for a Polished Look

by | Mar 15, 2023

Choosing the right outfit is key when it comes to headshots and business portrait photo sessions. As a professional photographer, I always recommend dressing as you would for an important business meeting. You want to look professional, put-together, and polished.

If you don’t typically wear a necktie, don’t feel like you have to wear one just for the photoshoot. We’re not in the 80’s anymore. However, if you do wear a necktie, I recommend doing a Windsor knot because it’s symmetrical and looks really sharp.

Tips for Choosing the Right Outfit, Makeup, and Grooming for Your Headshot or Business Portrait Photo Session

Overall, I suggest dressing in business casual attire, think a blouse or collared shirt. In terms of jewelry, keep it simple and avoid anything too flashy that can be distracting. And most importantly, make sure your outfit fits well and flatters your figure – no puffy sleeves or other exaggerated details.

For makeup, I suggest everyday or bridal makeup – nothing too heavy or dramatic. And for men, a clean shave and neat grooming will go a long way.

The goal is to look professional and approachable. You want your photo to represent you and your business in the best way possible.

If you’re coming in for a headshot or upper body portrait, feel free to come in Hawaiian shorts. They won’t show. However, if you’re getting a full-body photo, make sure your shoes are clean and polished. They’ll be visible in the shot, so you want them to look their best. And make sure your shoes are clean and polished if you need a full-body portrait. If you don’t want to wear a suit, pair a pair of slacks and a polo shirt. Another idea for a cool look, a pair of jeans is always a good option. And for shoes, clean white Converse can give you a great casual and trendy vibe.

Remember, the key is to feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. And if you have any questions about what to wear for your specific photoshoot, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to help you look your best and capture some amazing photos!



Written by Marie
Hello, I'm Marie Feutrier - a talented headshot photographer who excels at making clients feel at ease in front of the camera. I take pride in coaching clients who are nervous about being photographed.