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lucky cat beauty by Aubrie Layne

What are the best colors and outfit options for Photoshoots?

Black and white images of photo shoot poses

In this post I'd like to give you some ideas for creating the most flattering tips for your next photoshoot. The best colors and outfit options for a photoshoot depend on various factors such as your skin tone, the setting of the photoshoot (indoor or outdoor), the purpose of the photos (casual, formal, artistic), and the overall mood you want to convey. Here are some general recommendations:

Girl wearing blue dress for headshot example
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1. Solid Colors: Solid colors tend to photograph well because they don’t distract from your face and features. Consider colors like deep blues, greens, burgundy, and jewel tones for a sophisticated look. Avoid overly bright or neon colors unless they suit your personal style and the theme of the shoot.

Julia Roberts headshot example
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2. Neutrals: Neutrals such as black, white, gray, and beige are timeless and versatile. They can create a classic and elegant vibe, especially for formal or professional shoots. They also work well for outdoor shoots where the background may be vibrant or varied.

3. Pastels: Soft pastel shades like blush pink, light blue, lavender, and mint can add a gentle and romantic touch to your photos. These colors are great for spring or summer-themed shoots and can create a dreamy atmosphere.

4. Patterns: If you prefer patterns, opt for subtle ones like pinstripes, small florals, or geometric designs that won’t overwhelm the camera. Large, busy patterns or logos can be distracting and may not translate well in photographs.

Blonde with neutral textured sweater headshot
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5. Texture: Don’t forget to consider textures like lace, silk, denim, or knitwear. Textured fabrics can add depth and interest to your outfit, enhancing the overall visual appeal in photos.

Girl wearing a pink dress with statement necklace for headshot
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6. Accessories: Accessories such as statement jewelry, scarves, hats, or belts can complement your outfit and add personality. However, avoid too many accessories that can overshadow your outfit or make the look too busy.

Brunette wearing tan suit headshot
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7. Fit: Ensure that your outfit fits well and flatters your body shape. Avoid clothes that are too tight or too loose, as they can appear unflattering in photos.

Ultimately, choose colors and outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable, as your confidence will shine through in the photos. If possible, you can also consult with the photographer or stylist for specific recommendations based on the theme and mood of the photoshoot.

Lauren conrad in the kitchen headshot
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Extra Tip: When you are shooting your headshot get at least two different "moods" like one smiling and one more serious for different uses. Also, allowing some time to add some lifestyle shots. An example of lifestyle shots would be some action shots walking down the street, entering office, typing on computer, sitting drinking get it. These days people like to get a feel of what it's like to work with you, so use images to create a full picture of your vibe. Use lifestyle shots to add to your branding that lends a sense of what it may look like to work with you.

For more tips, check out my other post, "40 Tips to get a Killer Headahot"

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Example of a lifestyle shot
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Aubrie Layne

Celebrity Makeup Artist

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