So you're getting your portraits done! 

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I typically work with my headshot clients outside in a more lifestyle approach. I often do portrait headshots with a lot of style. Sure, you can wear your business suit, but what about styling and dressing it up? Add some spice to your headshots?

You'll see below what this ends up looking like... here are some tips on what to wear:

Style Your Session

Want your photos to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! Fresh flowers bring an extra “wow” factor to just about everything, especially when they’re attached to something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, tent, picnic basket, balloons or car bumper. 

Not into florals? What about your coziest coffee mug, journal, and pen? Or maybe even your laptop! Having a few in action shots in your pocket can be perfect to portray how professional and yet personal you are.

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Don't Be Afraid To Dress It Up

Have you thought about rocking a gorgeous gown or tulle skirt but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! 

Quick Tip: There’s no such thing as too dressed up.

natalie brenner photography, portland photographer, headshot photography, what to wear
natalie brenner photography, portland photographer, headshot photography, what to wear
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Say Yes to the Dress

Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress instead.

If you’re an expecting mother, I always recommend floor-length gowns or maxi dresses. These dresses create the best silhouettes to flatter your figure and really highlight your bump. A lot of my expecting mothers love to incorporate flower crowns or headpieces as well.

Not Into Dresses?

That's fine :) You can absolutely find flattering tops and slimming pants or skirts.

natalie brenner photography, portland photographer, headshot photography, what to wear

Choosing Colors

When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you radiate peace, joy, personality. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially compliments the desert.

Overall, be sure you choose a solid color. IF you cannot live without your pattern, go for a very simple pattern without logos.

MEN

Go for the slacks, the belt buckle, the nice shoes, the watch. Don't be afraid to look the part.

portland portrait headshots, black male model
portland portrait headshots, black male model
portland portrait headshots, black male model
portland portrait headshots, black male model

Flattering Your Features

natalie brenner photography, portland photographer, headshot photography, what to wear

In my experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos.

Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so we recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.

Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toed heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference!

Quick Tip: Bring a pair of easy-to-kick-off flats to wear when moving from place to place in between photos. Your feet will thank you later!