Do you have a headshot photography session and you are not sure what to wear?
Wardrobe advice from top portrait photographer in London.
1. Avoid anything distracting
Texture can look good but avoid busy prints, logos or any patterns which will distract from your face. The same goes for any distracting features or accessories. You might want to also avoid any jewellery. For women it is good idea to bring a nude bra so it is not seen under any clothing or a bra with matching colour. Long sleeves work best for men. Also you might want to make sure that any items you bring are wrinkle free and clothes are in a good condition. Also make sure that clothing fits you well - baggy clothing can make you look bigger than you are.
2. Don’t get too trendy or eccentric
Trendy clothing might look good today but often goes out of fashion very quickly so keep this in mind when browsing in shops. Also if you have a unique fashion style and like to be different then you might want to tone it down a bit for your headshots so the casting director who might be looking at your headshots can imagine you for a particular role. It is best to consider wearing classic clothing that doesn’t go out of fashion like simple tops or shirts / blouses.
4. Choosing the right colours
I often get asked what colours work best for actor headshots. Solid colours work the best (patterns of busy prints distract from you face). However there is no one colour which is the best. It very much depends on what colours suit you. As a general rule contrasting colours to your skin tone tend to work better. Also if you have blue or green eyes a complementing colour can bring out your eye colour. You can’t usually go wrong with darker and mid-tone colours but bright colour can work also very well. If you are not sure then just bring a number of colour options to your actor headshot session. A good actor headshot photographer (one who knows a bit of about fashion as well as photography) should be able to advise you on the day of your shoot on the best colours for you.
5. Consider your casting type and personality
The wardrobe you choose should highlight your personality. You might also want to consider your character type when choosing the wardrobe for your actor portfolio shoot but do not wear any costumes. The clothing needs to be subtle. For example if your casting type is a lawyer or business professional you might want to consider doing few shots wearing a business suit with a tie. If you normally play a fun character then some bright colours might be good choice, whereas if you play more sinister characters then black or mid-tone colours might work the best in your auditions. A good photographer should be able to capture all your casting types so you or your agent can choose the right headshot for a particular role.
6. Bring number of options
It is always better to bring too many options than not enough. A good photographer will be able to assist you with the styling on the day. Bring not only a number of different colour options but also different types of clothing and variety of necklines e.g. tops, shirts / blouses, sweaters, business suits or jackets. Some photographers do not have a limit on the number of outfit changes so do take advantage of this.
Zuzana Breznanikova of London Photo Portfolios