The 19th century American humorist, Mark Twain, said, “Clothes make the man.” Clothing plays a considerable role in creating first impressions. Putting some thought and planning into your wardrobe choices before you arrive at your professional photo shoot will make the shoot go smoothly and ensure that your online dating profile photos convey your personality and attract the kind of dates you’re hoping for.
When you arrive at the photographer’s studio, you should be completely dressed for your shoot, including shoes, jewelry and other accessories. If you have arranged to be photographed in more than one outfit, you should have the other outfits ready to change into.
Tip: Hang each change of clothing on a separate hanger. Place shoes, jewelry and accessories in a plastic bag and loop the handles over the hanger head so everything is together. You’ll be able to change quickly and won’t waste time hunting around for the right earrings.
For dating headshots that attract attention, follow these wardrobe tips:
- Plan your outfits ahead of time and try them on, complete with jewelry and accessories. Make sure everything fits comfortably and makes you look fantastic.
- Check for stains, missing buttons and ripped seams or hems and correct the problem or select another outfit.
- Make sure clothing is clean and pressed.
- Stick with solid colors that complement your skin tone and hair color.
- Avoid stripes and busy patterns. They take attention away from your face.
- Choose dark rather than pastel or bright colors. Dark colors create dramatic contrast and put the focus on your face.
- Avoid white tops. They create glare and pull attention away from your face. However, white collars can be worn under sweaters or vests.
- Keep your jewelry small and simple. You want the spotlight on you, not your jewelry.
- Other things to avoid: turtlenecks, red (except as an accent color), bulky layers and anything that glitters.