Madison, Alabama Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer


Preparation is the key element of your photo shoot so let’s take a look at what to wear for your business headshot. There are two types of business portraits, professional portraits and editorial business portraits.

Professional portraits are the most common and are normally done in a photography studio in front of a plain background. Examples of these would include LinkedIn photos or our “Our Team” photos. Editorial business portraits are taken at your place of work to reflect your profession. For example, if you’re a personal trainer you might have your photo shoot at the gym wearing gym attire surrounded by gym equipment.


1. Outfit – choose a professional suit or business-oriented outfit with a classic look. Fitted, not tight, is key and essential here. Also, steer clear of anything with distracting bold patterns or colors unless you can layer a plain blazer or sweater over it so not much of the pattern is showing. Choose neutral colors such as navy, pinks and grays that will compliment your eyes and skin tone. Jewel tones such as red, royal blue or purple or emerald green also compliment all skin tones, eye colors and hair colors.

2. Jewelry – choose something that is small and sophisticated and not too flashy or reflective.

3. Face and hair – if you choose to do your makeup yourself, wear what you would on a normal workday. If you are unsure, or don’t normally wear makeup, a makeup artist can be hired to help bring out your best features on camera. Try to cut and/or color your hair at least one to two weeks prior to your photo shoot for a more natural look. Don’t worry about skin blemishes, pimples or even wrinkles as all of these can be retouched.


1. Outfit – choose a professional suit preferably in a classic dark color like gray or navy blue with a tie and shirt to match. Make sure your suit is well fitted and doesn’t bunch up when you button it or sit down. Steer clear of anything with distracting bold patterns or colors. If you’re going to wear a tie, ties look best when their tone is between the suit and the shirt. For example, if you wear a dark suit and a light shirt, choose a tie that is in a shade between them. Avoid shiny or reflective ties. If you don’t wear a tie, choose a non-white shirt, which is well fitted, but not tight, so as to avoid a boxy look. Also, button down shirts look best when layered with a blazer or sweater but if you don’t want to wear a blazer or sweater a darker colored shirt looks better.

2. Face and hair – don’t cut your hair right before your photo shoot; aim for two weeks prior to your shoot as hair looks its best and most natural about two weeks after a cut. If you have a beard, make sure it is neatly trimmed and not too thick as thick as darker beards tend to dominate headshot photos. Don’t worry about skin blemishes, pimples or even wrinkles as all of these can be retouched.

We will do our best to make your session fun and relaxing and will guide you through the poses that look great on camera!