What do you wear for headshots?

Plain colors are your best choice. Choose mid- tone colors in blue, green, wine and purple because they are universally flattering.

What should you not wear for a headshot?

Stay away from stark white, unless under a jacket, cardigan, or sweater. Jewelry should add to an outfit, not detract from it. Avoid short sleeves – bare arms usually take away from an executive headshot. Bring a variety of dress shirts, suits, and professional blouses. Patterns or prints distract and date your photo. Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes.

Should I shave for a headshot?

Guys, if you usually wear facial hair then don't shave. Use a new, sharp razor and good shaving cream/soap to avoid irritating the skin or cutting yourself. Don't use an electric razor, they often leave a fair amount of stubble that does shows up on camera.

Should I smile in my headshot?

If you would wear a polo or tee-shirt to the office, a smiling shot will likely work best. If you feel a suit and dark background is most appropriate, a more serious headshot may be the way to go. But remember, confidence and approachability are key, regardless of whether you smile big or not

What should my headshot look like?

It should, and that's exactly why you want to look like one person, and one person only: yourself. Your headshot has an undeniable physical component: you want to show off your silky hair, your almond-shaped eyes, your high cheekbones, etc. But your headshot is about much more than superficial appearance.