Session Guide for Men's
Business Portraits or Personal Branding Portraits


I'm so glad that you've booked your business/personal branding portrait session with me.  We are going to create some great portraits that will help you to project your very best image.  Proper preparation will help me to capture you looking and feeling your best, so here are a few tips I hope will help you get ready for your session.


Clothing Style

For a Regular Personal or Business Branding Session I generally try to capture three different looks for your portraits -  formal business, contemporary classic, and one of your choice.

  • Bring one outfit that would be what you would wear in your more formal business setting.   For this I recommend an outfit with a formal professional look, such as a suit with a tie. Something appropriate for an interview or important client meeting is ideal. 

  • Bring one outfit that is more classic such as a dress shirt, blazer or sweater and dress pants or dark jeans.

  • Bring one outfit that is your choice.  This outfit can vary depending on the image you are trying to project in your portraits.  If you want to project a casual, approachable look then choose something casual and comfortable.  If you aren't sure it's probably best to bring another classic outfit.  Remember, you can also use your portaits for personal social media use and gifts as well.

  • Choose fitted clothing.  Fitted clothing is more flattering in photographs than loose, flowing clothing.  This is true for everyone, but even more so if you are a bit more husky.  

  • Necklines:    Do not wear turtle necks because the will make you look like you have no neck.  

  • Sleeve length:  Avoid short sleeves for your formal business portrait.  This is not considered a “professional” look.  If you want to vary your sleeves feel free to do so in your optional outfit.  

  • Accessories:  Feel free to wear a watch or ring. If you wear glasses make sure you clean them before your session.

  • For indoor portraits you will not be wearing shoes so don't worry about bringing them.  For outdoor portraits, bring comfortable walking shoes along with shoes to match your outfits.

  • The day before your session make sure you try on your outfits to make sure everything fits and looks great. Make sure that your clothing is cleaned, ironed, de-linted, etc.

For a Business Portrait Mini Session I will be capturing one look so bring one outfit that best represents your brand. Follow the rest of the guidelines above.

Clothing Color

For  Business Portraits and Personal Branding Portraits I generally use neutral colored backdrops, so most clothing colors will work well.  Here are a other important things to consider when choosing your clothing.

  • Dark. A gray or charcoal suit looks great for a corporate portrait.  Medium to darker colors project a more serious image. Choose anything gray, charcoal, navy, or even black.

  • Color.  Feel free to wear something with color, especially shirts and ties.

  • Please bring only solid color clothing.  Tweed, patterns and prints are too distracting.  Clothing with tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can have a moiré pattern effect on camera, so stay away from grid-like patterns. Thin stripes are okay. In general, simple solid colors work the best.

  • If you are having portraits done for a corporate website please check to see if your company has clothing or background color requirements. For Linkedin portraits, any clothing color on my neutral backgrounds will look great!


Body Preparation

  • Prepare for your headshot by taking care of yourself in the week leading up to your session. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking, and drink plenty of water for a few days and on the day of your headshot. This will make your skin very hydrated to fill in lines and wrinkles, undereye circles, and give you a healthy glow. Get plenty of sleep the night before your photo so you're rested and ready to go.

  • Use moisturizer on your skin daily, even your hands. Also use lip balm regularly the week before your session. Bring your lip balm with you to your session.

  • Don't worry about any pimples or skin flare ups. These things happen! Your images will be retouched, so your skin will look great in your finished portraits!

  • Shave the day of your session.

  • Don't make any major changes to your hair. You can get a trim but a new haircut looks its best after at least a week.

  • Please arrive to your session with your hair styled, but please bring your own hair styling accesssories to your session with you.


I hope this session guide has helped you!  If you want a second opinion on your clothing choices just give me a call, or  feel free to take a quick photo of the clothing you are planning to wear and email it to me, or text it to me at 403-680-8039.  If you have questions about what to bring, or anything else, just let me know.  I looking forward to working with you!