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The Portrait Photographer’s Guide:

Pro Tips and Insights

What Men Should Wear for Professional Headshots and Business Portraits

by | Headshot Tips, Personal Branding and Business Headshots

Ever clicked on a LinkedIn profile and thought, “That headshot really needs help”? Well, you’re not alone. A great headshot is like a personal billboard—it should shout “Professional!” and “Hire me!” in equal measure. This guide is here to ensure your headshot does just that, helping you transition from a mere “Who’s that?” to a definitive “Wow, who is that?”

Who Should Read This Guide?

Whether you’re a budding professional, a seasoned executive, an actor, or an entrepreneur, this guide is your ultimate resource for mastering the perfect headshot or business portrait.

Aligning with Your Brand

Your attire should resonate with your professional identity. Identify three key words that describe your brand—like ‘Innovative, Dynamic, Trustworthy’—and let your outfit reflect these traits. This isn’t just about looking good; it’s about consistency and authenticity.

Choosing the Right Setting and Attire

Your choice of clothing should complement the session’s background and setting to create a cohesive look.

Wardrobe Choices for Every Style

Here are some outfit suggestions tailored to various professional vibes:

The Professional Standard

Half-body portrait of a smiling medical intern in a blue suit, white shirt, and flowery tie. Capturing the enthusiasm of a young medical professional against a light grey background

Suit & Tie: Opt for classic colors like navy, charcoal, or black, paired with a crisp white shirt. Add a tie for a touch of sophistication.
Shoes: Go for polished dress shoes in black or brown if you need a full body portrait.

The Semi-Professional Flair

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 watch

Blazer & Slacks: A gray blazer with black slacks works well, or try mixing it up. Skip the tie for a less formal yet sharp appearance.
Shoes: Stick with dress shoes or stylish loafers.

The Casual Approach

Headshot of a man with a black polo shirt on a black background

Polo or Button-Down: Choose muted or light colors.
Pants: Well-fitting chinos or jeans.
Shoes: Neat loafers or immaculate sneakers.

Relaxed Casual

Mike in a denim shirt and blue jeans, looking directly at the camera with a smile, in a pose reminiscent of James Dean, with hands in pockets and shoulders softly raised.

T-Shirt & Jeans: A plain, well-fitting T-shirt paired with quality jeans.
Shoes: Casual sneakers or comfortable slip-ons.

James

Edgy and Trendy

Portrait of a confident man in a mandarin shirt, sitting relaxed and gazing intensely at the camera, photographed by Marie Feutrier in her Gilbert studio.

Leather Jacket: Add a bit of edge with a sleek leather jacket.
Pants: Go for black or distressed jeans.
Shoes: Boots or high-top sneakers fit this look.

What to Avoid

Bold Patterns: Keep it simple unless a loud print is a trademark of your personal brand.
Glasses: If you wear glasses, choose frames with anti-glare lenses to avoid reflections.
Minimal Jewelry: Less is more. Choose subtle pieces that don’t distract.

Grooming Tips

Ensure you’re well-groomed with a fresh haircut and, if applicable, a neatly trimmed beard. Attention to these details can significantly enhance your photo’s impact.

Conclusion: The Impact of a Great Headshot

Your clothing choices play a crucial role in your headshot’s success. If you feel confident in what you’re wearing, it’ll show. To truly nail that headshot, consider working with a professional who can guide you on not just wardrobe, but also on finding the right angles and expressions.

A powerful headshot is more than just a picture—it’s a statement of your professional and personal brand. Make sure yours says all the right things.

Ready to step in front of the camera? With these tips, you’re all set to make a strong impression. Let’s capture a headshot that opens doors and speaks volumes about your professionalism.

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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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