TOP 10 MEN'S OUTFIT CHOICES FOR HEADSHOTS
Ok guys, I know getting your Headshots done is super intimidating and can be very personal and scary for you. I'm here to tell you it's time to man up, suit up, show up and rock it! I've been doing this for a long time and I know what works and doesn't.
You don't have to take my advice, you can wear whatever you like to your shoot, but if you follow my simple style guide, I promise you will have headshots and marketing images well above what you would have had without it, plus you will have someone to blame for getting a few new things... winning!
Please, don't be intimidated, don't be sceptical, trust me. Take this advice and go get yourself a few key items... they can be as cheap or expensive as you like... these are headshots, not fashion magazine pages (why can't they be both??) so don't go nuts. If you feel after the shoot that you won't wear the item again, return it (in good condition of-course) and go on with your life knowing you now have amazing headshots.
To put together a good set of looks you'll need a few key items, you probably already have them so it should be pretty easy for you, but just incase, I've put together this guide to just lay out the basics you'll need. There are a few rules here and I'll do my best to keep it super simple for you. I want you to look your best, and while a great headshot isn't about the clothes, they sure can help to round out a great image, and also give you confidence - which is crucial to getting that killer shot!
Don't be shy, bring everything, anything, but keep to a few simple rules of engagement and you'll be surprised how well these items can work together. It's my mission to help you design a few looks that work. If you bring the right items with you, we can layer, stagger, change and redesign a lot more than you think. So, here goes, the 2016 Boem Headshots Men's Style Guide.
A good T-shirt is the basic start to most complete outfits and can be used in virtually endless ways. We can shoot it on it's own, layer it with a shirt and then also a jacket or set of accessories... Don't underestimate the power of a great, well fitted, plain old t-shirt.
When you're putting together your looks for the session, I want you to have at least 2-5 well-fitted, V-Neck T-Shirts. Why V-Neck? Well it's masculine, it's stylish, and we can use it in a number of ways. A v-neck is a much more versatile option. It's great on it's own but also as a smart casual look with a nice jacket, or more business casual with a smart jacket. The options are endless.
As for sleeves, it really doesn't matter if it's short or long sleeved, as long as it fits well, and has a v-neck or button neck. The rest is up to you but please keep in mind you are trying to advertise yourself, not Polo or Nike, so take it easy on the branding and avoid it if possible.
I recommend sticking to earth colours, but please also have a white and a black t-shirt. Have a look below for a few ideas of what i'm talking about. When in doubt, pack it anyway!
You probably get the point, but I want to point out that it's totally fine for the shirt to have buttons like the ones above, but I would recommend you stay away from the classic polo shirt, it's distracting and can look dated very quickly. Stick to the classics here, plain colours, no massive logos or patterns, v-neck or button up. When you are trying to decide on colours, have a think about your eye colour, try to pick colours that will work well with your eyes or your skin tone.
Andre's Tip: A t-shirt that makes a triangle under your chin is what we are after here.
- 2-5 classic V-neck (or button up) T-shirts in plain colours including white and black
- At least one or two other colours.
Corporate or not, a few great, fitted shirts are an essential part of any well-rounded wardrobe, especially for Headshots. There's a lot to be said for a good collection of shirts, they can be worn on their own, styled up or down, layered with a t-shirt or a nice jacket. I can't recommend this option enough. If you don't have any good shirts, please go and get you a few :-) I recommend a classic white, a deep black or grey, and a few coloured or textured options.
My general rule is if it looks like a table-cloth or curtain, please leave it at home. We are going for class here. Style and simplicity and understatement. Please use your own discretion here. Make sure the collar fits well, the shoulders are slim and fitted and the waist isn't too tight or too loose fitting. Get a shirt that "fits" your body type and frame. Remember, the better it fits, the more options you will have to dress it up or down. Once again, when selecting your colours, think about your skin tone, your eye colour and generally what you feel looks good on you.
A couple of shirts also give us the opportunity to work with a few different types of collars. Don't be shy to bring a few types such as Chinese collars, button down, Smart collar, casual collars ect. Don't forget the textured shirt like a denim... Denim photographs very well and I highly recommend adding this to your arsenal.
Here are a few ideas of what i'm looking for but keep in mind, whatever you bring, the FIT is very important, make sure any shirt is well fitted and works for you... have a look below:
Don't underestimate the power and look of a few great shirts. Think first date, wedding, cocktail party.. that should give you a few ideas.
Andre's Tip: If you can't button the collar, it's too small!
- 2-5 Well fitted Long sleeve smart shirts including white and black
- A few textured and coloured options.
Now we get to meat of your wardrobe. Nothing, I repeat, nothing finishes an outfit quite like a well fitted and styled jacket. There are many types of jackets but the ones I'd like you to think of are blazers and casual options. Think business casual, think first date, think anything short of an interview jacket. I want you to bring jackets you'd feel comfortable wearing with jeans or slacks. That's the look we are going for. A jacket you got as part of a suit would be fine as long as it FITS well and hugs the body. Not too tight around the waist or too loose, you must be able to button it up and have it open to give us as many option as possible.
I've put together a few ideas for you below but keep in mind, this is a guide and I don't expect you to buy anything unless you don't have a decent jacket. You will always have a use for it and I can't recommend it enough for your wardrobe going forward, everyone needs a good jacket. When you are packing, bring a light and a dark option as well as a few casual options. Don't underestimate the power of a good denim jacket here... I know it's a little 80s but it still works... look at Jon Bon Jovi! ;-) Have a look below for some inspiration:
When in doubt, bring it! If we can't use it, at least you got it out of your wardrobe, if we can use it I promise you it will look awesome. Don't be shy here, bring as many jackets as practical for you. I'll help you structure a look to suit what you are going for. Worst case, go and get a few new jackets and if you feel you won't wear them again, return them after the shoot (in good condition of-course) I will not remove the tags. I don't really support this type of thing but the landscape is your awesome new headshots, let's do what it takes to get them!
Andre's Tip: A badly fitted jacket, is worse than no jacket at all. And don't forget your pocket squares!
- A Dark Jacket
- A Light Jacket
- a few casual or textured options.
How many accessories to bring? Well how long is a pice of string? Bring it all. Bring as much as you can, as much as is practical for you. We might not use it all or any of it, or we might not even be able to see it in the final headshot, the important thing to remember here is that it makes a difference if it makes you FEEL good, if it adds to your confidence or look, please bring it. There are so many types of accessories, I can't possibly list them all but I've made a little collection of things that work well and I recommend. If you have something you love and it's not on this list, please bring it.
I have a few key things i'd like to recommend: A great waistcoat, a few awesome ties, pocket squares, tie pins, suspenders, hats (use sparingly please) and maybe a watch or two.
NOTE ON GLASSES:
If you wear glasses regularly and you plan on having them in the shoot, please consider having the lenses removed or making sure you have a non-reflective coating on the lenses. This will make sure we don't run into any issues with lighting or other problems during the shoot.
Here are a few examples of great additions to your Headshot wardrobe:
While the accessories you bring won't make or break the look for your headshots, it still adds to the overall tone and look of the image. I like to keep my images and looks clean and simple but there is always space to add a few choice items to round out your look.
Andre's Tip: Keep it simple, keep it classy, think Mad Men, think dapper and style. Google if needed :-)
- Pocket squares
- Tie pins
BEFORE WE BEGIN:
I don't expect you to do all of the below. It's just a collection of tips and things to think about. This is YOUR headshot shoot and it's totally up to you how you prepare for it! I'm sure you're awesome as you are and i can't wait to meet you.
Wow, ok so where to begin. Grooming should be a daily part of every man's routine. Now let's not reinvent the wheel here. I'm not here to tell you how to groom, there are loads of youtube vids you could watch to get a handle on it. What I will do is give you a few must do's to get ready for your headshots. We need you looking your absolute best for the shoot. Here are a few ideas i'd like you to think about.
Facial hair. Let's talk about it. You're a guy, you have hair on your face, this is a good thing. I want you to come to your headshot session unshaven. A day or two's worth of stubble is a valuable ally in a headshot session. Bring it. Let's shoot it! After that, you can shave and have a totally different look! How cool is that! Now I need to be clear, I don't mind what you use to shave with as long as it moisturises, protects and leaves your skin soft and cared for.
Ear, nose, eyebrows. Except for your man-scaped beard, everything else needs to be trimmed and looked after well. Get yourself a trimmer and use it. Bring it with you to the shoot and update as needed. Nose hair needs to be closely shaven and not visible. If you have ear hair, get that taken care of professionally. Eyebrows need to be trimmed and neat. If in doubt, bring your stuff with you and do it at the studio.
Moisturisers. Keep things simple here. I want you to use something that doesn't make your skin oily. Go to a speciality store and have them recommend something for you. Most places will give you a few samples that should last you a few days before the shoot and up to it giving you the right skin texture. You don't have to spend any money here but a good moisturiser is very important leading up the Headshot session. And yes, you need a good lip-balm! I also can't recommend a good vitamin enriched eye roll-on. If you've never used one before, you'll thank me later!
Hair. If your lucky enough to have a good head of hair, please please look after it! While you're getting into the lead-up to the session, think about getting yourself into a good barber shop and get that head cleaned up. Please bring with you a good hair product you've used for a few weeks. Please don't bring anything you're not fully familiar with and let's keep it simple.
- Shaving Kit
- Hair product
- Eye Roll-on
- Nose, ear, eyebrow trimmers
- Lip balm
I hope you've enjoyed reading this little guide to help get you ready for your shoot. If you've got any questions or thoughts or you're not sure about something, please get in touch. If you've found this guide useful, please let us know with a like or a share, we'd really appreciate your feedback and follow-up.
We hope to see you in the studio soon!