portrait do's (and don'ts)
Here are some general tips and best practices concerning corporate portraits:
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel and look great.
- Bring 2-3 changes of clothing to have choices on set.
- Clothes should be neatly pressed and should be new or look new.
- Avoid busy patterns, bold graphics, and distracting stripes and don't wear phones etc. in these clothings.
- Cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow colors typically don’t work well on camera.
- Don’t cut or dye your hair right before the shoot. A new haircut looks its best after a week, and freshly colored hair can look too vibrant and unnatural on camera.
- Make sure to get enough sleep the night before the shoot and drink lots of water.
- The standard corporate look is a suit jacket and blouse.
- For a no-jacket casual look, bring solid colored blouses or collared shirts that are darker than your skin tone. Keep patterns to a minimum.
- A white blouse by itself isn’t recommended unless you plan to wear it under something.
- Don’t wear sleeveless tops or dresses unless worn under a jacket or sweater. Bare arms can be distracting.
- Avoid shiny and sheer fabrics.
- Keep jewelry simple – small is better.
- Avoid statement jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated or too trendy. The picture is about your face, not the jewelry.