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Photographing people for business portraits can sometimes seem like an intimidating prospect. To have one or more person in front of the camera, looking to you for direction, can be an intense experience. Most of the time, people are quite critical of themselves in photographs and most of the time, they feel nervous. However, there are some simple styling things that you can suggest to your client before the shoot.

Stying tips for a good headshot


  • Think about your branding colours
  • Plain colours are your best choice
  • Patterns or prints distract and date your photo.  Choose mid-tone colours in blue, green, wine and purple (universally flattering)
  • Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes
  • V-neck is universally flattering because it lengthens the neck and displays the décolleté
  • Opt for blouses with sleeves
  • Fine to medium gauge knits work really well too because they introduce textural interest.
  • If you choose to wear a jacket, pair it with a collarless top
  • Crisply ironed shirts frame the face really well too
  • Use jewellery that you feel most comfortable wearing
  • Choose simple earrings and necklaces – they keep the focus on your face and eyes
  • Turn one shoulder closer to the camera so your body is at an angle
  • Practice in front of the mirror few days before the shoot
  • Key to a great business headshot is your smile.  It might take you a few moments to relax in front of the camera 
  • Once you’re comfortable, stare straight down the barrel of the lens and think of something/someone you love.  That feeling will show up as beautiful smile and in your eyes


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