#15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!
It’s headshot time, not ‘hammer time!’
“Break it down!”
Baggy clothes might be comfortable and we’ve all been enjoying wearing our ‘comfies’ during the Coronavirus Pandemic, but they don’t photograph well. So don’t turn up to your headshot session wearing your favourite chunky jumper, over-sized t-shirt or ‘MC Hammer pants!’ Resist the urge to wear your favourite shirt if the collar is a bit loose, it won’t look good in the photos. Clothing that is too big tends to add bulk and might make you appear heavier than you are. We don’t want that.
What we do want, is for you to choose form-fitting clothing. An outfit that accentuates and flatters your body will yield the best results.
When I say form-fitting, please don’t take that to mean ‘skin-tight!’
Lumps and bumps can be easily ‘liquified‘ in Photoshop (flattened out), but having you bursting out of a muscle-fit top is not the look we want to project in our professional headshots. If we’re doing a fitness, physique or muscle shoot it’s a different conversation altogether.
So, let’s find that happy medium.
What are the golden rules?
- Wear form-fitting clothing that fits well.
- Wear form-fitting clothing that fits well, BUT, is also comfortable.
- Wear form-fitting clothing that represents your brand.
- Wear form-fitting clothing in complementary colours but avoid white.
Just a quick word on white.
White will always be battling with your face for attention in a photograph. Our eyes are drawn to the brightest part of an image. I want the brightest part of the image to be your face, not your shirt. It’s your time to shine. Let your shirt shine in the club on Saturday night!
So, ditch the white.
More on colours and clothing coming soon.
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