Style Guide

Preparing for your photography session

Hello! Thank you so much for choosing Kara Hudgens Photography Co. as your headshot provider. Get ready for a relaxed, professional experience as we create compelling, true-to-life headshot images that capture you at your very best. This Style Guide contains tips for selecting a great outfit for your new photos and reminders for all the details that can really make your photos shine:

For business portraits, it’s nice to have a few choices that range in style and color. For example, for women, you may wish to have a professional look, a semi-professional look (featuring a richly textured sweater or simple blouse that could be worn in a business casual environment), and/or a relaxed look (casual long sleeved or short sleeved shirt). Bring a couple of options if you aren’t sure which one suits you best.

Plan Ahead!

THE WEEK Before your photo session​

  • Try to get plenty of sleep
  • Drink lots of water and cut down on alcohol.
  • Be sure to plan out your outfits (including accessories and shoes) a few days before your session. Make sure all clothes are clean and pressed and on hangers. For portraits, shoes should be clean and stylish, too.
  • Do not use tanning beds during the week prior to your session.
  • Do not schedule a facial during the week prior to your session.
You've got style!

Choose a great outfit

1. Style, Layer and Texture

Go for a classic look! Choose clothes that flatter your body type and make you feel great when wearing them.

2.  Color

A solid color shirt works best. Patterns can pull the focus away from the face, and make the portrait look too busy.

3.  Necklines for Women’s Styles

If you will be able to change outfits during the photo shoot, bring a few different shirts with different necklines to see which works best with your face. While V-necks or turtlenecks can work well, if the V-neck is too low or the turtleneck too bulky they will probably not work well for a portrait.

  • V-necks lengthen your neck, which is appropriate for broad faces
  • Round necklines shorten your neck, which is appropriate for thin faces
  • Square necklines make a square jaw more prominent
  • Turtlenecks or scarves hide the neck and should be generally avoided but can also be skillfully used to hide worrisome areas

4.  Hair & Makeup

Consider a hair cut a week or two before the session, but not a new hairstyle.

Relax and have fun!

The Day of your photo session

Your comfort is a priority for me. When you are relaxed and having fun, you’ll naturally take better photos. If there is anything you need, just ask!

We will start the session with a quick review of where you might want to use your new headshots. While photographing, I will direct you on how to pose to ensure that we get the best shots.

If I am photographing tethered to a laptop, we will review images to get your feedback, preferences and make sure you are loving the headshot images. Usually, your preferred image selection can be done at the session. We’ll also talk about any specific retouching requests you may have.

Questions? I’m happy to help! Contact me at kara @ or 704-756-2271.

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