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What colour should I wear for a headshot?

FAQ: What colour should I wear for a headshot?

When choosing what colour to wear for a headshot, it's best to consider a few factors, such as your skin tone, the background of the photograph, and the intended use of the headshot. Here are some tips to help you choose the best colour:

  1. Consider your skin tone: You want to choose a colour that complements your skin tone and doesn't clash with it. If you have warm skin tones, such as yellow or olive undertones, you may want to wear colours such as red, orange, or brown. If you have cool skin tones, such as pink or blue undertones, you may want to wear colours such as blue, green, or purple.
  2. Think about the background: Consider the colour of the background or backdrop that will be used for the photograph. You want to choose a colour that contrasts with the background, so that you stand out in the photo. If the background is neutral or plain, you have more flexibility in your clothing colour choice.
  3. Consider the intended use: If the headshot is for a professional purpose, such as a job application or a corporate profile, it's best to stick to classic, conservative colours such as black, grey, or navy blue. If the headshot is for a more creative purpose, such as acting or modelling, you may have more freedom to experiment with bold colours and patterns.
  4. Avoid bright or distracting patterns: Avoid wearing bright or distracting patterns or logos, as they can take the focus away from your face and make the photo look cluttered.

Ultimately, the best colour to wear for a headshot is one that makes you feel confident and comfortable, and that complements your features and the intended use of the photo.


Earlier this year I entered the Mandy Monologue Competition and with the help of my wonderful supportive fellow actors who voted for me, I managed to WIN! As part of the prize package I got a headshot session with Mark and I am beyond happy with the results. Headshots can be a blooming awful experience, the pressure to get the hair, make up and tops right, then to get infant of the camera and try and do everything while doing nothing is for me a tad terrifying. Enter Mark. A really lovely Guy, he put me at ease straight away, asked me about myself, casting, experience etc and explained what he thought we should go for looks wise. He helped me choose the best tops and gave me brilliant advice on hair and make up. What I loved especially with Mark is the way he explained the process. I'm someone who likes to understand things, I'm an actor and I like good direction and that's what he did. By explaining what he was looking for and what makes a great shot and then giving feedback about what I was doing he quickly managed to get me into a state where I was able to make an offering and give something to the camera, rather than sitting like a stunned deer in the headlights! After the shoot Mark kindly let me sit with Tea and flick through the pictures to get abs idea of what we had got and I was blown away. The images were brilliant and not because they were overly posed but because they were just me but alive and ready, this naturally meant that the process of narrowing the 300 odd pictures to my final 3 was a real challenge! I put out a shortlist to Twitter, Facebook, Friends, Family and industry folk and the reacting was so great and the final 3 I have chosen I feel incredibly happy with. They offer range or age, casting and states of strength and vulnerability. I can not recommend Mark enough, he is professional, personable, and  a great photographer an absolute dream to work with. THANK YOU MARK!!

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