What to Wear: Men’s Edition

March 03, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

My client guide focuses on tips for women to prepare for their sessions… and I thought it was time to pull out the advice that applies to men and add a few more.

Opt for Solid Colors. Solid colors are always better. Not only do they look more professional but they’re not distracting. Some patterns (thin stripes or small checks) do not photograph well, either.

Think Twice About White. A white shirt is certainly professional but keep in mind that does reflect more light. If you are going to wear a white shirt, then it is better to wear something darker over it too.

Fitted is Better. Whatever you wear, make sure it fits you well. Baggy, loose clothing looks unprofessional. This is also why it’s important to choose and try on any outfits a few days before your shoot – it gives you the chance to tailor your shirt and jacket or come up with a plan B.

Undershirts Are Not Recommended. You might wear an undershirt daily, but they do tend to show up in photos since brighter lighting is used. It’s best to skip the undershirt for your headshots.

Photograph of a men's navy blue blazer and trousers, white long-sleeve button-down shirt, brown shoes and belt, and a coordinating tie.What to wear for headshots, men's edition

Need something more specific?

Those in more professional industries will want to opt for a more conservative look. A well-fitting navy suit is a fantastic option when taking corporate headshots. Don't forget to accessorize, these items add important details to your look. Brown leather shoes and a belt pair nicely next to the navy which will elevate your style.

Looking for a modern alternative to a suit? This look takes a light khaki blazer and pairs it with chinos and a classic chambray shirt, making the outfit read a bit more casual. This is a great option for the man who might not need to look as conservative in his headshots.

For business casual looks or those in a more creative industry, try a bomber jacket as an alternative to a suit jacket or blazer while still giving you a polished look with jeans. A polo will give you the option of going without a jacket in your shots. Keep your accessories simple.


Have questions? Let me know! 


Women are multi-faceted, and I love helping them share images that show their authentic, beautiful, confident shine! How do you want to be photographed? Let's meet over coffee and talk about it. Contact me: text/call 434-226-0365 or email [email protected].



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