what to wear

What to Wear for Your Business Portrait

Everyone has questions about what to wear for their business portrait. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer on what to wear, there are a few tips and considerations to keep in mind when choosing an outfit. Above all, it's important to wear something that you're comfortable in and that captures your personality and business. Your business portrait is part of your brand. If your brand involves wearing bold clothing, than by all means, wear that in the headshot. It'll make the headshot eye-catching and will cement your brand in a potential client's mind. Just keep in mind that certain bright colors, such as pink and yellow, may be very distracting to a client. Dark colors and earth tones are advisable, as they do not distract the eye from your face.

Stick with clothes that fit you. Squeezing into a dress or suit that fit you a few sizes ago is not only uncomfortable for you, it'll make the headshots look stiff and uncomfortable too. The same can be said for clothes that are too big.  Lost a significant amount of weight recently? Have your favorite jacket or pants tailored. It's money well spent when you look and feel great. Focus on the shirt more than the pants or skirt. Most business portraits are of the upper body only. That being said, try not to wear a low cut top or a strapless shirt if you are a woman. Depending on the angle of the photo, it may look as though you are topless, which is probably not the image you want put out there.

Even if you don't wear makeup in everyday life, it's best to put some on for the photo shoot. Professionally done makeup evens out your skin and hides any imperfections. It also prevents you from looking washed out.

Read more about why you need professional business portraits or call me at 443.840.0484!

Cheers,

Bonnie

FAQ's About Your Headshot Session

How do I book a headshot session with you?

You can do this a couple of ways. The easiest is to click here. It will take you to an online scheduler where you can easily select the service, date and time convenient for you.  You’ll also be asked to make a deposit. The deposit is refundable—if you cancel 48 hours before your session.

If you’re not quite ready to book your session and have additional questions, please call or text me at 443.840.0484. I’d love to chat with you!

What should I wear? Of course it depends on whether you’re getting actor headshots, business headshots or online dating portraits but here are some suggestions to cover it all.

Ladies: A simple boat or v-neck style looks elegant and casual on just about everyone, no matter your size or shape. For a business headshot be sure to bring a nice fitting jacket and any understated jewelry you might like to wear. Even if you don't wear makeup in your everyday life, it's best to put a little on for the photo shoot. Without makeup, you will look tired and worn out.

Gentleman: I suggest jeans/casual pants and crew or turtleneck shirts in muted colors like gray, navy or brown. Long-sleeved goes without saying unless you're really buff!  Also, a knit sweater with no pattern in small knit will also look good. And if you have a nice suit or outdoor or dress jacket, bring it along too.

Everyone Please avoid loud patterns, stripes, logos or “messages”, wrinkled and ill-fitting clothing. If you're still not sure what to wear call me and check my Pinterest page for some examples.

How long does a typical photo session take? A two to three outfit shoot should take about an hour. While you're changing into your different outfits I'll change lighting set-ups and/or backgrounds. This will give you a variety of images to choose from.

What exactly do I get for your fee? Depending on your package and service we’ll be taking anywhere from 20 to 100 images or even more. I'll then post your proofs anywhere from 5 to 40 images on-line in your own personal gallery to review within 48 hours of our session, usually sooner. Choose your favorite(s) to retouch and after they are complete you can download your hi-resolution digital images to your computer or flash drive.

Where are you located? My home studio is located in Columbia, Maryland, not far from the Route 32 and I-95.

I am so looking forward to working with you!

Cheers,

Bonnie

Kid and Teen Headshots: What to Wear

Kid and Teen Headshots: What to Wear

If your child or teen is interested in acting, they've probably been bugging you, Mom or Dad, for some headshots. Headshots can be pricey and you want to get them right, the first time. After all, both you and your little darling need this investment to pay off! Am I right? One way to make sure that your kid's headshots get noticed is to be sure clothing choices complement your child's hair, complexion, and unique personality. Here are a few guidelines:

Stay away from patterns, stripes, slogans, and logos. It's very hard to find clothes (especially for the little ones!) that don't have some crazy, bold flower print, movie character or pithy saying. So if you must do a non-solid color, here's the right way.

I love bright colors and they work so well on littler kids. Target and Walmart are great places to find inexpensive, solid colored shirts. However, if you're not finding tops without stripes or patterns, try layering. Morgan is rock'in her bold, pink and white blouse with a matching, solid colored sweater. It's not at all distracting from her beautiful smile!

Carly looks fresh and pretty in her aquamarine top. If your child has blue or green eyes, they'll look best in colors that complement and/or match their eyes. Think of the colors of the sea. By the way, the color plum looks great on just about everyone!

Derek has light brown eyes and reddish hair. He looks great in dark gray, don't you think? A quick way to find out your child's (or your own) skin tone, is to look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they look blue or purple you are a "cool tone." If the veins are green or yellowish, then you are a "warm tone." I didn't check Derek's wrist for a clue, but we decided that he was indeed "cool" and colors like grey and navy, as well as black and white look great on him.

So, if you're still in doubt, check my Pinterest page here for more ideas and bring lots of clothing choices to your child's headshot session! We'll figure it when you get here:))

Cheers,

Bonnie