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The Portrait Photographer’s Guide:

Pro Tips and Insights

What to Wear for Polished Heashots or Business Portraits

by | Headshot Tips, Personal Branding and Business Headshots

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.

corporate Headshot of a dynamic, young Indian-origin financial advisor and life insurance broker, wearing a dark suit with a blue tie and a soft smile, photographed by Marie Feutrier in Phoenix, AZ.

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. Most importantly, make sure your outfit fits well and flatters your figure—no puffy sleeves or other exaggerated details. Avoid bold, colorful patterns if they are not your brand.


In terms of jewelry, keep it simple and avoid anything too flashy that can be distracting.


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.

Professional headshot of a software developer in Chandler, AZ. A beautiful blond woman with a soft smile, wearing a black top on a black background, differentiated by high-quality lighting.

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

Shoes and pants:

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.

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

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!

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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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