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5 Essential Tips for Men Preparing for a Portrait Session in Utah

Welcome, gentlemen! If you've ever felt the dread of getting your headshots done, you're not alone. Insecurities can surface, and that inevitable question of what to wear can become a wardrobe war. But, fear not, for I'm here to help you navigate this sometimes challenging process. As a portrait photographer based in beautiful Utah, I've got some tips to make your portrait session not just painless but enjoyable. So, sit back, relax, and let's dive into five essential tips for looking and feeling your best in front of the camera.

a man wearing a suit and jacket with dark black hair and beard smirking at the camera over his left shoulder

1. Fresh and Crisp Attire

The foundation of a great portrait starts with your clothing. Arrive at your session with your clothes freshly washed and pressed. Those collar stains? Banish them. It doesn't matter if your shirt is top-of-the-line Egyptian cotton or more budget-friendly polyester – ensure it's impeccably ironed or professionally pressed. Bring your outfit on a hanger, not crumpled in a gym bag.

2. Options Are Your Friends

Variety is key. Pack at least three outfit options. Your first choice should be something casual, something you're comfortable in – it's your safety net. Your second outfit should be the one recommended by someone close to you. If they like it, there's a reason – maybe it highlights your best features. The third outfit should be your favorite, the one that makes you feel like a boss. Think classic, but be mindful of color and fabric choices. Darker tones like navy blue or gray work well. Avoid overly reflective, shiny fabrics and complex patterns. Remember, the focus should be on your face, not your attire.

3. Think Classic

Classic has a dual meaning here. First, select clothing that's of high quality, fits well, and is free of wear and tear. Avoid faded, hole-ridden, or stained attire. Second, choose clothing that represents you in your most classic form. Whether you're a suits kind of guy or prefer classic polos or button-ups, let your outfit reflect your style.

Paul Mitchell Caper 2019 on stage hair presentation done on models
Erin Holmstead Photography

4. Pre-Session Grooming

A little pampering never hurt anyone. Consider it a spa day or simply your preferred grooming ritual. It might be a fresh haircut or a relaxing straight razor shave. Touch up your hair color to keep those gray hairs at bay, trim your nails, and deal with any unruly nose hairs. These small touches can make a significant difference in how you look and feel during your session.

5. Relax and Enjoy

Perhaps the most important tip: Relax and enjoy the process. Trust your photographer. It's not as daunting as it may seem; in fact, it can be a lot of fun. A good photographer will guide you through the process, making it a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

black and white image of a HMUA Carrie Purser putting makeup on model India Malouf during a beauty photoshoot

Bonus Tip: The Power of a Hair and Makeup Artist (HMUA)

Consider using a Hair and Makeup Artist (HMUA) to enhance your appearance further. These professionals can work wonders, ensuring you look and feel your absolute best. In Utah, there are many talented HMUAs ready to assist you in achieving your ideal look for your portrait session.

In conclusion, a successful portrait session is a collaboration. Follow these tips, bring your personality, and let your confidence shine through. Remember that the goal is not just to capture your image but your unique essence. Embrace the experience, and you'll have a portrait that truly reflects the best version of you.


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