A question that I get fairly often from actors who come to me for headshots is, "What clothing should I bring?" The answer to this question depends on exactly what characters you plan to play. But to help give you some ideas, and to make the selection process easier, I have decided to write this article.
The primary emotions that should be played in headshots are the following:
These are the 10 most important looks to go after for headshots in order of importance. You should make your clothing selections dependent upon which emotions you'd like to convey. For instance, if you want to go for a happy look, you might want to wear brightly colored clothing. On the other hand, if you plan to go for something darker such as menace or mischief, you might want to wear darker colors. If you plan to go for a confident look, you may want to wear something more professional, such as a suit or a dress.
I have a detailed article explaining what emotions are conveyed from specific colors. I think you may find it very helpful to read before deciding on wardrobe for your session.
Once you actually arrive at the headshot session, it would be a good idea to lay out all of your clothing for the photographer. Most photographers will allow you to wear whatever you like so long as it doesn't break any of their rules. Some photographers, however, like to be very specific about what they choose for each shot. This can be helpful but at the same time restraining. I usually ask my clients to have a basic idea of what to wear for the headshot session before it starts.
Just know the specific characters that you plan to go for and which emotions from the list above you might want to achieve. After that, it should be easy to choose specific outfits for each look.
Hopefully all this information helps, and if you do have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!