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tips for a great headshot


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, MENS HEADSHOTS Here are 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.


Headshot clothing tips

Professional Male Headshots. What to wear

Does that mean you have to smile? Not necessarily, but no one wants to talk to someone who looks angry or sullen.

Here are some tips to ensure a professional headshot that will achieve the results you want.

headshot CLOTHING 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
  1. The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie
  2. A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on its own
  3. For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone
  4. 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 men’s headshot with and without a tie..

Headshots for men. Tie or no tie?
Professional headshots tie or no tie
Headshots for professionals
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