23 Mar / Choosing the Right Neckline for Your Professional Headshots

Professional headshots choosing a neckline

Corporate headshots don’t just communicate something about yourself. They send a message to the world about your brand and company as a whole. For this reason, it’s important to get the details just right. Your neckline might not be something you think about on a day to day basis, but remember, your professional headshots are focusing in on just one part of your body, so your neckline is going to be the most important part of your outfit.

How Does My Neckline Affect My Professional Headshots?

The focal point of your headshots is your face, and your neckline can greatly change how your face is framed in the picture. A high neckline will take length from your face, and might be a good choice for tall people, while a lower neckline with add length and make your face (and therefore your body) appear slimmer.

These are just a few general examples of the many necklines out there and how they can affect your look. Today, we’re going to focus on the necklines appropriate for company or corporate professional headshots.

Women’s Necklines

Let’s take a look at some popular choices for women’s necklines in Bay Area company headshots.

  • High- A high neckline is also known as a turtleneck. If you can’t show any skin in your headshot, this neckline can give you a sophisticated and grounded look, but it can also make you appear shorter. Ideal for tall women.
  • V-Neck- A very popular choice all around, V-necks are known to be flattering to almost all body types as they make the face look slim and fit.
  • Scoop- The scoop is a crescent neckline that cuts a bit lower than the others. This is a good choice for women with narrow shoulders who want to seem a bit more filled out, but may not be appropriate for big-busted women.
  • Collar- The collar neckline is another that avoids showing skin, but doesn’t go as far as the high (turtle) neck. This neckline comes up just to the top of the sternum and is a great choice for shorter women who don’t want overemphasize their stature.

Men’s Necklines

There are only two recommended necklines for men when it comes to company professional headshots.

  • Crew- The crew neck is the typical men’s neckline that closes any shirt or polo. This neckline provides symmetry to the face and volume to the upper body. A formal photo demands a crew neck for a man, and a tie can be used to give further frame to the face.
  • V-Neck- The V-neck is an extremely flattering look for a man. This neckline accentuates the face and makes the subject look taller and more confident. The problem is that an open neckline is not always acceptable for professional headshots in a corporate setting. If you are going for a business casual look, try unbuttoning the top of your shirt to create a V-neck. Just make sure you’re not wearing an undershirt.



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