WARDROBE RECOMMENDATIONS - WOMEN
On this page you will find a large variety of common headshot looks. Please feel free to bring your own style (discuss this with your agent) or use this page as a reference to chose what looks will work for you.
FOR THOSE WITH AGENTS:
Please ask your agents what looks they would like to see and then have your agent approve your wardrobe prior to your shoot day. Yes send them photos (include hair styles and any accessories you want to wear). We will offer our wardrobe and hair recommendations during your shoot but it is your responsibility to communicate with your agent prior to your shoot day. Reshoots for wardrobe or hair style preferences are not allowed so approving hair style (up or down, curly or straight) with the wardrobe you will be wearing with your agent prior to your shoot can save you a lot of grief later. This process will only heighten your chances of a photoshoot they will love which means they will send you on more auditions! Use this page for ideas and reference.
IMPORTANT SHOOTING TIPS:
- Bring TWO options for each look. DON’T bring your entire closet with you – spend time selecting and trying on compete outfit choices (top half only) prior to your shoot day. If you bring a blue blazer for a business look, find a shirt that looks great underneath it. Don’t just bring a bunch of undershirts hoping we will find something great for you. It is your responsibility to bring complete outfits with you – 1 solid choice and 1 backup (2 total please).
- Practice your smile in the mirror before you arrive (yes I know how ridiculous this sounds). If one eye closes more than the other when you smile see if you can find ways to open your eyes wider. Be aware of smiling too large that your gums show.
- Make sure your clothing fits to your body (nothing bulky as it will make you appear larger than you are)
- Only worry about wardrobe from the waist-up unless specified.
- Be aware of the quality of the clothing you bring. Clothing that is torn/stained/or is pilling tends to not photograph as well. If you need to buy new things you can always keep tags on and return after the shoot if necessary.
- Arrive with your clothing hung and ironed.
- GLASSES: Your glasses must be anti glad are not light sensitive – frames with the lens’s popped out are best.
- Do all pre-shoot grooming now. DON’T wait until the last minute to get a waxing/haircut/tan/etc. You may need time for healing if something doesn’t go as you liked.
- Women: bring flesh colored bras appropriate for each clothing choice (we DON’T want to see bra straps in photos).
VERY IMPORTANT: If you need additional help after reviewing this document, please call or email me (emailing is usually faster). email@example.com or 323-375-4528. It is a little harder to get me on the phone because I can’t answer my phone while I’m shooting and I shoot most days but if you call leave a message and I’ll call you back at the end of my work day.
If you would like me to approve your wardrobe prior to your shoot please email me photos of you in the clothes (not laid on a bed please I need to see how they fit you) – I am always very happy to do this for clients (it ensures you will bring the right clothing)!!!
Additional information: MORE SHOOTING INFORMATION
The color palette below is for you to help when selecting colors so you can see what tones of color tend to photograph better. Colors that are too dull (grey) or too bright (neon) are problematic. Colors that are rich in tone read better and are better for me as your photographer to get you the best photos.
Please keep in mind there are exceptions to every rule (for instance sometimes red looks awesome), but that’s not always the case. If you do bring one of my ‘no’ colors, bring a backup just in case your first choice color doesn’t work.
GENERAL RULES TO STICK WITH:
* Avoid black (with the exception of blazers and jackets), white, red, grey, or neon colors (these colors are problematic)
* Try to stick with solids. If the clothing you bring has a pattern choose another layer for over it in case the pattern is too distracting.
COMMON CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS WITH WARDROBE SUGGESTIONS
CASUAL / FRESH COMMERCIAL SHOT
This is for the person who doesn’t want to do a specific commercial shot but wants a fresh commercial look. Warmer colors are best: blue, pink, green, coral, lavender, yellow, teal, jean materials. Try to stick with solid colors, if you want to add in a pattern the best is to have it be an under shirt with another solid layer over it. I want you to bring as much of yourself into each look as possible as that is what is going to make you stand out amongst the rest.
BEST BUY / HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE / AT&T GIRL
This look is best with a simple well-fitted blue or green polo shirt. Please no red, white or black polo shirts. Also try to avoid logos – if you can only find one with a logo just please make sure it’s small enough that can be photoshopped out (small emblems are okay).
If you are going more for an AT&T girl look aim for a shirt most similar to the one on the left below. That shade or a shade darker is ideal.
BOHEMIAN / SILVERLAKE / VENICE TYPE
Bring earthier tones for this. Bring accessories (long necklaces, earrings, bracelets, scarves) Warmer colors are best (blue, pink, green, coral, lavender, yellow, and teal for example). Layers are always great!
You can either do a collared shirt, blouse, or nice camisole under a blazer for this look. Choose the option that feels most like you and the roles you go out for. Try to stick with colorful options. Colorful and tweed blazers tend to help the photo ‘pop’ as long as they aren’t a distracting color. Please bring things that flatter and fit to your shape, if its too baggy it will make you appear bigger than you are. If you bring glasses to wear for a few shots please be aware of glare and make sure they are not light sensitive (change to sunglasses in light) – anti glare lens’s or frames with the lens’s popped out are best. Also please make sure they show your entire eyes when you wear them. A nice simple necklace or pair of earrings is okay to bring for a few shots and we can take it off half-way through the look.
COP / DETECTIVE
The idea here is working class, you can go as extreme as you want with it. Some people like to do the work uniform look while others just like to give the suggestion of it. Good colors are: navy blue, grays, deeper greens, tan colors (just make sure its far enough off from your skin tone). Leather jackets work nice for this look as well for a more detective feel.
CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL (CASUAL BUSINESS)
This is the designer, small business owner, or secretary. A simple (non-distracting) pattern or colorful shirt under a colorful blazer or cardigan is ideal. A long or short necklace or a simple pair of earrings can bring personality to this look, just make sure it’s nothing that would be too distracting.
You are the trend-follower. A good suggestion for this look is to google image ‘TJ maxx commercial’ and you will see what they are currently putting women in TJ maxx commercials in. It’s layers, scarves and accessories. Trendy jackets and trendy tops. If you accessories this look please don’t do anything that is too distracting – a simple necklace or earrings can be perfect for this look but bulky accessories will distract. You can really have fun and play with this look more than some of the other looks.
GIRL NEXT DOOR / COMMERCIAL CASUAL
The idea behind this look is to be sweet and pretty but also approachable (so nothing too sexy). Warmer colors are best: blue, pink, green, coral, lavender, yellow, teal, jean materials. Try to stick with solid colors, if you want to add in a pattern the best is to have it be an under shirt with another solid layer over it. Sundress’s can look really nice for this look as well (with or without a light jacket over it).
GIRLFRIEND OR WIFE (DATE NIGHT)
You are going on a date, dressing to impress. A little dressier but still casual. A nice pair of dressier earrings or a necklace can add to this look.
JUDGE (or alternative BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL)
Play up this look as much as you like. If you want to do something that you can use as a business shot as well then bring a blazer or something similar. If you want it to be very judge specific a blazer (or judge coat) over a white collared shirt is appropriate. If you do bring a judge coat also have a blazer as a backup in case the judge coat reads too heavy.
Play this up as much as you’d like. You can either go the warm loving type or quirky. Other ideas are the gardening grandma or upscale grandma. Have fun and think about the roles you go out for most!
This look is pretty self explanatory. Bring a variety of darker colored tops. Rips and tears are okay.
This is nice athletic attire, preferably colorful (no black or white please). Please bring form fitting choices. An athletic tank or sports bra with a form fitting colorful hoodie is ideal. Please make sure the hoodie is not baggy, thinner material sweaters tend to work better. If you are not comfortable wearing something, don’t bring it (I want you to look and feel great in what you are wearing).
MOM - LOVING WARM
This is approachable and relatable. Warmer colors are best (blue, pink, green, coral, lavender, jean, yellow, and teal – just a few color choices to give you an idea of what I mean but you can play with any variation as long as it’s not neon). Nothing that shows too much skin. A colorful or pattern shirt under a cardigan or jean jacket is ideal. Sweater sets are also a great choice.
You are doing home renovations or going to buy paint at Home Depot. You’ll be working in the backyard this weekend. Warmer colors and plaids are great: blue, pink, green, coral, lavender, yellow, teal, jean materials, and plaids. Vests work great as well.
Think REI or North Face. You are going skiing with your friends and want to look great. Dress to impress but you need to be warm. Bring a few scarves for variety. ***please note this is not a look that asked for often so only do this if you agent specifically asks for it
This is the Silver Lake or Venice Beach hipster. A graphic tee with a flannel, or military style jacket is good or bring any ideas you have. Big glasses and scarves are great too.
This is for the person who wants to submit for a specific ethnicity. Bring clothing appropriate for what you will be going for.
UPSCALE (MERCEDES/LEXUS/RICH WIFE)
This is classy but still a bit conservative. You can show more skin than a business look but don’t show too much skin that it puts you out of the classy roles. Bring accessories for this look as that can help it as well – simpler accessories tend to look better. Be aware of the material of the clothing you bring – silks and satins photograph very nice for this look and tend to give a richer feel. Avoid cottons if you can.
This is for the person who wants to play the secretary roles but a quirkier version of it. Play with fun colors and you can even throw in a pattern as long as its not too distracting. If you do a sweater and collared shirt look please try them on together at home to make sure they work together (don’t just show up to the studio hoping they will).
This is for the person who wants to play with a character type. You will see many examples below of things that have worked before, but bring your own style here. Please be aware of colors – no black, no white, no red. Glasses, make sure the lens’s are popped out or they are anti-glare and not light sensitive.
THEATRICAL - LEGIT SHOT
For this you can play with deeper colors (just try to avoid black please). You can also play with being sexier, showing a little more skin is okay for this look. Try to stick with solid colors, if you want to add in a pattern the best is to have it be an under shirt with another solid layer over it. Lace works very well for this look as well as long as it doesn’t look like lingerie. Halter tops photograph great as well and tend to look very sexy.
THEATRICAL - EDGY / TOUGH
This is the woman with a little edge to her. Could play the victim or trouble maker. Try to stay away from black, but if it’s all you have that’s okay. Better colors are something with a little warm/color to it.