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!
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