Clothing suggestions for portraits - David Garb Photographer

Clothing for Business Portraits : Guidelines

It's amazing that even though headshots are often displayed quite small , we can still sense the quality and fit  of the clothing.

Clients should consider the dress code that best suits  ( no pun ) their market. Although black is extremely popular the camera likes a bit of  color. Get a good night's sleep and practise your smile! Photoshop just can't seem to remove tiredness! Hydrate! 


Avoid baggy clothing and anything distracting  such as text, stripes , designs and shiny materials. Avoid primary colors . No White or grey shirts unless under a jacket.  Solid colors are best.Choose clothes you feel comfortable in. NB. Bring alternative clothing 


Dark jackets give good contrast to the face and a white or light blue shirt is best under the jacket . Shirts should be new and have regular open collars, not narrow button down. Button down shirts are fine for a casual look and can be worn with a blazer and no tie, Polo shirts are good for a casual look. For portraits without a jacket, white shirts should be avoided - business blue  is usually best or a solid  color that's darker than your skin. Always bring an alternative shirt and tie ! Think about having your haircut a few days before the shoot and make sure you've had a close shave.


Tailored jackets give a corporate / legal  appearance. Blouses and tops should be quiet without distracting patterns. Bring clothing that you feel comfortable in. Solid colors are best but avoid white , unless under a jacket,  and colors that are close to flesh tones. Avoid dark bras under light blouses. No short sleeves or sleeveless tops.

Pay attention to the neckline - nothing to complicated and not too low as sometimes the cropped portrait looks like you just have a jacket on and no shirt. Always have an extra top or two !

Hair and make-up

Light evening make-up is usually fine. Consider having a haircut a week before the photography. Do not wash or blow dry your hair on the day of the photography, it will be less manageable. Prepare for a bad-hair-day - bring your brush , clips and bands if you think you might need them.

We can also arrange a professional make-up artist - if we are shooting without then  I will apply translucent anti-shine powder.


Plan ahead! Bring any earrings, necklaces and scarves .Keep it simple!  Nothing too theatrical that will compete with your pretty face ! Did I mention SOLID COLORS ?

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