Getting Ready for Your Business Portrait

What to Wear - Everyone

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
  • Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  • Avoid busy/bright colored patterns and large lines/stripes

What to Wear - Men

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it's own
  • For a no-jacket casual look, shirts with colors darker than your skin tone work best
  • Unless you wear a beard, please make sure you shave

What to Wear - Women

  • The standard business look is a jacket and blouse
  • For a no-jacket casual look, blouses with colors darker than your skin tone work best
  • Wear long or three quarter sleeves.  No short sleeves unless you wear a jacket or sweater to cover your arms
  • Remember the picture is about your face and not your clothes


  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated

What to Bring

  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products if needed

Hair and Makeup Tips

  • Make-up should be clean and natural
  • Wear a layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
  • Avoid products with lots of sparkle or shine
  • Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product
  • Please arrive with hair styled and makeup already applied