There is no single answer to what to wear for a professional photoshoot.
That's because you need to think about what industry you're in, and how people in that industry dress.
For example, lawyers working at traditional, conservative companies usually wear formal outfits and stick with darker, conservative colors.
People at startup technology companies often wear casual outfits and brighter colors.
For artists (such as authors, musicians, painters, etc.) the rules are looser because there is no standard expected clothing style.
Don't Be Afraid to Bring a Few Options
Keep in Mind How Far Out the Image Will Be Cropped
Avoid Strong Patterns
Avoid Distracting Accessories
Avoid Sleeveless Tops
Avoid Clothes That Don't Fit Well
Avoid Shiny Clothing
Are you a lawyer? CPA? Financial advisor? Or are you a teacher? Writer? Marketing consultant? Computer programmer?
Did you know that different backgrounds work for better for certain professions than others?
Formal Business Portraits - Dark Gray Consulting
Relaxed Professional - Light Gray
Hospitality & Tourism Directors
Real Estate Brokers
No Background Business - White
Media & News casters
Be confident !
One of the biggest questions we get is how to look more confident on camera. Some people worry that their eyes look too wide, others that their expression looks unnatural, and still others (especially people who look young) that they won’t project the confidence to enable people to take them seriously in their line of work.
The goal with this article is to hopefully show you that no matter how uncomfortable you normally are on-camera normally, a few tricks can help you go from looking worried, anxious, and fearful to relaxed, happy, and confident! I truly believe that everyone is much more photogenic than they think!
Mechanics are very important, but even more crucial is your mental focus during a photoshoot. My belief is that one can never have a completely realistic expression without embodying the actual emotion in one's body and just being themselves.
If you’re just beginning the shoot and you’re not comfortable on-camera yet, you'll want to relax a bit and laugh so you calm down and get used to being in front of a lens. Even though your goal might be to capture a confident, serious expression, you should try doing some laughter shots for the first few minutes until you relax and feel comfortable.