If you work in the corporate world, it’s pretty mandatory these days to have a LinkedIn photo and/or a business portrait for work. In recent years it has even become a signature feature on resumes worldwide. And, given that San Francisco is a very casual city, this makes dressing for your corporate headshot a little tricky. As a photographer specializing in professional profile pictures, I get a lot of questions about what to wear. Today I’m going to focus only on my answers for women.

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Although pencil skirts and cute dresses may be in style in the San Francisco corporate world, these items have a hard time translating in a headshot that is from the waist up. This leaves many of my clients asking:

How can I look professional and still look feminine?

1) Structure

A structured neutral blazer translates well on camera. Make sure to get a well-fitted one as you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a man’s jacket. A cardigan can work as well for a slightly more casual office environment.

2) Color

A blouse or top of a different color than the blazer. Don’t be afraid to try a fun pattern, as only a little bit will be showing under the blazer or cardigan. A bright pop of color can also be nice.

3) Accessorize

A fun way to add some femininity to your corporate look is with jewelry such as a necklace. Perhaps even try something a little bolder than you might normally wear. Earrings can be a nice touch but may or may not show up depending on your hair length.

4) Wear Glasses

If you sometimes wear fun glasses with personality you may want to bring them to your shoot. They can make for an interesting yet still professional accessory.

5) Make-up

Wear a little extra make-up then you would normally wear to work. Nothing crazy, but a pop of color on your lips and some blush can add a lot of vibrancy.

*I’ve also put together a little board on pinterest for extra inspiration. Have fun with it, and remember that corporate doesn’t have to mean boring.