Do not forget to get a good night’s sleep before your shoot. Avoid being
stressed at the shoot so it might be handy to wake up early, have a good
breakfast and leave extra early. If you “don’t like your pictures being taken”
(who does?) relax, as corporate photographers often specialise in shooting
“real people” not models and actors. They will know how to make you feel
relaxed and get you to look natural and look your best as the impression
you typically want to achieve is professional and approachable.
What to Wear
Generally dark clothing will work best for corporate headshot photos. The
emphasis of the photo is on your face, not your body. Dark clothing will
provide the necessary contrast to emphasize your face. Light clothing will
reflect light back up on your face, while dark clothing will not. This provides
a great way of controlling the light that you are painted with so light is only
where it is needed.
Avoid patterns on clothing such as ties, shirts, scarves, and hats. Think
simple. Think classic. Nothing should distract from the most important thing
which is “you.” Patterns, such as loud stripes or colourful dots, will be a
distraction in your photo.
Wear clothing that is appropriate for the context for which you are going to
use your headshots. Wear formal business attire if you plan to use the
photo for a formal business purpose. Wear business casual clothing if the
photo is going to be used for a casual purpose. The clothing you wear,
including accessories, should be in the style and look that you want to be
represented for. But don’t forget the details! Your hair, teeth and facial hair
should be clean and tidy (no shaving cuts please!)
Most importantly wear something that makes you feel good. You want to
be relaxed and comfortable for your photo shoot. Wearing something that
makes you feel your best will help you relax and enjoy the whole experience
of getting your photo taken.