What Do I Wear?: Professional Headshots | Seersucker Sass

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What Do I Wear?: Professional Headshots

One of my favorite questions to be asked is "What do I wear?" so I thought it would be fun to turn it into a little series on here!  If you're anything like me, trying to figure out what to wear for something can be more stressful than the task at hand.  (Who was more nervous about what to wear on their first day at work than they were worried about their new job?  *raises hand*)  When I look good, I'm confident, and that confidence spills over on to the task at hand.  So today I want you to feel confident about having photos taken, specifically headshots!  

My professional headshot aka a decent example of what not to wear

I found out on Tuesday that I'm having Junior League photos taken today, so ensue panic, right?!  After allowing myself to be in a tizzy, I started thinking about the advice that I've been given in the past about headshots and wanted to pass that along to you!  (PS - I think tips four and five are also relevant to sorority composite photos!)

1. Wear a blazer. || I don't know about y'all, but blazers instantly add a little touch of professionalism.  I look super young in my headshot, and I think that if I had just thrown on a blazer, I would look about five years older.

2. Jewel tones are ideal.  ||  The hot pink top that I wore was fun, but for my next headshot, I'll be wearing a jewel tone.  They're universally flattering and add to that professional appearance we're working for.

3.  Be cautious with patterns.  ||  Patterns can appear totally different in a photo than they do in person.  If you're curious about how a pattern will appear in a photo, take a photo in said piece of clothing.  If the top looks nice, stick with it; If the pattern gives you a migraine after staring at it for three seconds, it's probably not the best pick.

4. This is not the time to experiment.  ||  Contouring your makeup for the first time before having your headshots taken is probably not the best idea.  Box dyeing your hair the night before having your headshot taken is also probably not a good idea.  Put effort in your appearance, but look like yourself.  I usually straighten my hair because I know what the end result will be and put on just a little more makeup than I would on a normal day.  (PS - If you're really concerned about how you are going to look, know that most headshots that are professionally taken end up photo shopped.  Check out my forehead in my photo - my chicken pox scar magically disappeared!)

5. Stick with classic jewelry.  ||  The sorority hall that I lived on was decorated with composites, and my friends and I used to always play a game of trying to figure out what year someone's photo had been taken by looking at their jewelry.  (The early 2000's were a rough time.)  Avoid super trendy jewelry, and stick with the classics.

6. Look at past photos.  ||  If you're a blogger, chances are you've got plenty of photos of yourself floating around.  Last night I looked through old posts to see what pieces photographed well, what pieces I should definitely avoid, when my hair looked the best, and when I should have probably thrown a lipstick away after shooting because it was just so terrible.

I hope that you found these tips to be helpful, and maybe even solve one of your "What do I wear?!" dilemmas!

If you have any suggestions for future topics, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me a message via the blogger contact form on the left side bar of my site!

Happy Thursday!



PS -  Today is my infusion day, and I am going to be bored out of my mind!  I'd love to engage with y'all on twitter while I'm confined to my recliner.  My username is @seersuckersass :) 


  1. Dana, I love this post...something I never think about until the very last minute!

  2. Oh man, I haven't taken a professional headshot in years. I wore a really loud tribal print dress and it hurts my eyes to look at it. I might be taking one soon, though and I'll definitely wear a blazer! Thanks for the tips :)

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  3. I've never had professional head shots taken--crazy right?! I'm definitely keeping these tips in mind though!

  4. I've never had professional headshots taken (unless you count senior portraits!) but I know that I'll be having some done soon for the college of Ed at my school as well as when I become a teacher, so I'm bookmarking this page for the future! Thanks girl :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  5. You look beautiful! Love the advice :)

  6. Before any kind of head shots (professional or for theatre) I always, always look at others. It helps know what you want for yours and what you know works and what you know doesn't. Great advice!

  7. OMG no you look beautiful! I love your tips though, I've never taken headshot for work, but if I ever do...I'll come back here!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  8. You're right about jewel tones and prints! We film a lot at work and that's what we always advise people.

  9. You're cute in your pink! I think these are wonderful tips. I always opt for soft colors and pearls in my photos.


  10. These are such great tips, to be honest my sorority composite photos always looked SO bad. I feel like I looked like such a dork. I haven't taken a professional headshot before but I think you're right about straying away from neon and leaning more toward jewel tones (though I think you're adorable in the featured photo). You have to share your junior league headshot when you get it back!

  11. These are such phenomenal tips! When're I get pro photos done, I always stick for: navy, black, and or white. Those seem to be the most professional looking colors, but I still think that a small pop of color is good! I think that you look gorgeous in your headshot example! :)

  12. This is perfect! As a teacher, we get head shots taken every year (think school head shots you had taken every year...), that are used for anything and everything. I definitely stress about what looks best and this is so helpful!

    xo Ashley

  13. This is such a great post, girl! Love the tips - these could be really helpful for people who have never had headshots done before! I especially love the tips on blazers and jewel tone tops!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

  14. These are such fabulous tips!
    This totally reminds me of my horror story with sorority composites...for some reason, one year the coloring in the photo was off and my hair came out looking really strange. Def not my fault because we had to wear those black drapes but reading this brought that to mind. haha

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  15. Such a great post! Definitely agree about jewel tones, they really are universally flattering!

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  16. Love this post- such practical and important tips! My composite for ADPi came out WAY better this past year than my first year in the sorority.... probably because this year the didn't schedule the pictures for the morning after Formal!! ;-)

    xoxo A

  17. These are great tips!! I'm a huge believer in a blazer AND a top that has a classic neckline. Your photo won't look dated a year later if you wear a classic and/or conservative neckline.

    Southern Belle Secrets

  18. I really love this post, it's perfect for young professionals to know what to wear and everything else. Great tips!

  19. These are really amazing tips! I really need to get professional headshots done for my LinkedIn and to attach to my work email, and this post helped a lot. I need to dust off my old blazers!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  20. You definitely hit all the major no-no's! Awesome guide for new professionals.

    Diary of a Debutante

  21. These are definitely some great tips! I will definitely keep these in mind when I am having a headshot taken.

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  22. Oh, this is a great post! I am constantly worrying about stuff like this! Such a great resource, and I'll definitely come back to it the next time I have headshots done!

  23. Great post! I have the same issue, when I don't know what to wear in a professional setting I kind of freak out. I've never really been in a setting yet where I have needed to dress professional. So this post was GREAT for me!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

  24. Haha, you look so cute in that photo! I remember my first head shot was me laughing, I looked so weird!! Safe to say, I've learnt from that embarrassing photo xD

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  25. These are fantastic tips! I agree that just throwing on a blazer or wearing more muted or jewel tones can make you look 10 times more professional! BTW you look so great in your pic, so shush!