Male headshots. A good business headshot communicates who you are and what you do. This is true universally, but there are some questions that are gender specific. That’s what we’re talking about today. Here’s some quick headshot tips that are specific for male headshots. I have a post that offers some tips on the female headshot. Whether male headshots or female headshots, here’s what all professional headshots should project.
…that means smiling! No one wants to talk to someone who looks angry, dour or sullen.
Here’s some tips to ensure a professional headshot that will achieve the results you want.
General headshot tips
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
- Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)
- Don’t overdress
- Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)
- Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
- Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes
- This may be a personal preference, but avoid white shirts
Male Headshots. What to wear
- The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
- A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it’s own
- For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone
- A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea – unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater)
By far and away the biggest question is
Tie or no tie in headshots. It definitely makes a big difference but not in the traditional sense. Here’s an example of the same man’s headshot with and without a tie.