Archive for January, 2017

In our most recent blog post, we offered a little guidance for women when choosing the perfect headshot attire. But worry not men, we haven’t forgotten you! Where women have tricky necklines and jewelry to stress about, men have the age-old dilemma of choosing the perfect tie-shirt-jacket combo. Here are a few tips and tricks for guys to help them look their best on-camera.

DO: Wear a dress shirt that fits. Men of all sizes tend to wear clothes that are too big for them (not exactly a bad problem to have!), which especially shows in front of the camera. Button-up shirts should lay nice and smooth across the shoulders, with minimal blousing or bunching around the collar.

DO: Wear a suit jacket or sport coat. Even if you’re foregoing a tie, we can’t stress enough how much a well-fitting coat pulls an ensemble together. A button-up shirt alone can look a little wrinkled or messy, so do yourself a favor and bring that coat along!

DON’T: Wear a coat with a pattern (i.e. houndstooth). We highly recommend wearing coats (or shirts if you insist on leaving the coat at home) with a solid color. We can work with a subtle pinstripe or pattern if you’d like, but patterns like houndstooth are too small and intricate for the camera to pick up, so the result can look a bit muddled.

DO: Wear a patterned or colorful tie if you want to bring in a splash of color. Ties are small enough that they can introduce a good amount of color or pattern without overwhelming the photo. Especially with a neutral backdrop, a bit of color can be just what is needed to make your headshot stand out!

DO: Use a beefier looking knot, such as a windsor when tying your tie. They tend to photograph much better than any alternative, and it is key that the knot look good as it will certainly be visible in your headshot.

DO: Wear glasses with an anti-glare coating, if possible. We can work a bit of magic in your session to make that pesky glare go away, but it’s always helpful to start with an anti-glare coating.

DON’T: Worry about what pants you wear. Since headshots are the name of the game, most photos will be cropped from the waist or above. Obviously we kindly request that you wear pants, but the style does not need to match your ensemble from the waist up.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have: 612-234-2714.

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We can help you make the very best first impression with your professional headshot, LinkedIn profile photo, or corporate website photo.

At Minneapolis Headshots, the questions we get asked most frequently are in regards to which clothing looks the best on-camera, especially from our female clients. In many cases, something that may look nice in person may not look so great in a headshot. With these concerns in mind, here is a collection of the dos and don’ts of shirt selection to prepare you for your session.

DO: Choose a top with a clean, smooth neckline that lies smooth and flat.

DON’T: Choose a top with a lot of ruching or folds around the neckline, as that can often look bulky or messy in a headshot (i.e. cowl necks, turtlenecks, anything with pleating). Again it may be something that looks great in-person, but on-camera may look a little untidy.

Here’s a great illustration (from vintagevisage.com) that shows the different types of necklines.

DO: Make sure that, if you are opting for a collared shirt, it is freshly ironed and lies smooth underneath a blazer or suit jacket. Jackets do a great job of pulling an ensemble together and looking clean, but it is noticeable if the shirt underneath is bunching or wrinkling.

DO: Bring small, subtle jewelry with if it’s something you consistently wear. If larger jewelry is your go-to, feel free to bring it along and we can discuss it when we consult on your outfit.

DON’T: Wear jewelry that is too flashy or trendy, as it may not translate the same way a year or two from now. We don’t want your jewelry stealing the spotlight in your headshot!

Since a headshot or portrait is typically taken from the shoulders or waist up, the most important part of your clothing choice lies in the neckline. We recommend trying on your choices before coming in and paying close attention to how your neckline looks from different angles. We do have outfit consultation before each session, so feel free to bring options and we can help make your headshot as eye-catching as possible!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have: 612-234-2714.

If you’d like more information or would like to book a session, please click here.

We can help you make the very best first impression with your professional headshot, LinkedIn profile photo, or corporate website photo.