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
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“In modelling and commercial acting it is very important to be confident and believe in yourself, because if you doubt yourself it will show.”
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- What has been your favourite modelling job so far?
Hard to choose, but I guess the job in Portugal, I was flown there in business class, we had 3 days of shooting; 1 on a super awesome sail yacht, 1 on a festival and 1 in a set-up pool-party at a beautiful mansion. So basically we we’re just partying with tons of cool people and beautiful women around us. How good can life be? #thanksagainBecks!
- What are some of the brands you have worked with?
Desigual, Coca-cola, Beck’s, Carlsberg, Pegasus, Audi, Font Vella
- What do you like most about modelling?
Travelling, new teams every time, the amount of free time next to the jobs.
- Do you have any funny stories from photoshoots?
The moment when Adriana Lima walked in on the Desigual set and first saw me. I was lying down on a kind of (fire) hearth… naked. With just a paper folded plane on my private parts. She walks in and sees me, that moment she asks me, ‘what is it that you’re wearing?’. You don’t want to know the feeling I felt, here I am meeting one of world’s top models, crazy beautiful woman of my dreams and I’m wearing only a paper folded airplane. Ha! we had a good laugh though!
- Which actor do you admire?
Leonardo DiCaprio - need I say anything at all? this guy nails it every time, any role you give him he freaking nails it and this is since he started his acting career, such a natural! And if that isn’t enough, next to his work as an actor he is such a big inspiration for me with his work on doing good for the world, a true environmentalist, pure awesomeness!
- What advice would you give to aspiring models?
Hard one, since I’m not too sure what it is that makes a successful model. I guess something very important is to be confident and believe in yourself, because if you doubt yourself it will show, and thats not what clients are looking for. A thick skin might come in handy as well, it’s not personal, so don’t take it personal. They judge you on the way you look, not the way you are, but its the way you are that will count in the long run, never forget this. Of course make the effort to look good on the outside, but put at least equal that effort on looking good on the inside. Ow, and hey, be friendly. But thats an advice that works very well for anybody, not just aspiring models ;)
- I know that getting into commercials is very difficult. What pointers would you give to any models or actors trying to land a commercial acting gig?
Try to go into castings relaxed, tell yourself that they’re also just people (which is actually true), and talk with them like how you would talk to your family or friends. Then don’t be embarrassed, they asked you to act out something really odd, then don’t be embarrassed when you actually start to act odd. Make sure that in the casting you really understand what the casting director is looking for and wants to see from you. If you’re not completely clear, just keep asking until you’re fully sure of what they would like to see in your acting; then kill it!
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