I am passionate about photographing influential people and people in love. Above all, I value instilling confidence in my clients and creating images that are as full of energy as the event itself.
My favorite things? Breakfast tacos, wine, planes, and trains!
A common question from headshot clients is, “What should I wear?!” The question I have is: What do you want to portray?
We’ll start with three style categories and follow it up with details like hair and make-up:
The Corporate Look
This style is clean-cut, and conservative. It’s great for publishing on websites and submitting for speaking engagements. Think: board meetings, law offices, government.
Wear: Suit, tie, button down shirt, collared shirt, blouse, dress, slacks/dress pants, pencil skirt.
Colors/patterns: black, blue/navy, white, gray, softer colors, subtle patterns.
Within the corporate look, there is also the “bold” look. It’s for people who want to make a statement with their attire. I have primarily seen it in women, and it is usually the opposite of blue/black attire, but still corporate. Take a look at Kimberly‘s and Salima‘s headshots as additional examples.
The Business Casual Look
This look is great for those working in relaxed office environments. It is both professional and creative. Think: Friday casual, start-ups, business lunches, after-work events.
Wear: trousers, dark jeans (no tears), blazer, button down shirt, collared shirt, blouse, cardigan, sweater, tie (optional).
Colors: blue/navy, gray, patterns mixed with solid colors or alone.
This look is the “you” look! It’s the look you prefer to wear over all the others, that make you feel your best and confident. Think: brunch with friends, picnics, visiting museums/art galleries, weekend-meet ups.
This is a great time to wear jeans (light/dark), button down shirt, scoop and v-neck shirts, patterned shirts, statement jewelry.
Colors: bright colors, loud colors, anything goes!
Last and certainly not least, we cannot forget about the details!
Face: If you can, have your make-up professionally done, or do it the way you would on a regular work day. If you shave your face, do so at your usual time. Bring oil-absorbing sheets or wipes in case of unwanted glistening during the session.
Hair: Which ever way you wear it, make sure your hair is out of your face. Bring extra hair ties, pins, hair spray, comb/brush, etc. If you’re able to, have your hair professionally styled.
Accessories: remember that less is more! Stick to pearls, studs, solid color watches/bands, gold/silver jewelry. The weekend style is the time to get those statement pieces out.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you feel more prepared for your headshot session.
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Ana Isabel is a portrait and event photographer in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, TX.