Jewelry in a Headshot

My wife loves jewelry! Wearing jewelry is part of who she is. When I came home from my first Peter Hurley Headshot Intensive and told her she couldn’t wear jewelry for her headshot, she had fifteen arguments of why she would.

Original as shot with jewelry.

Original as shot with jewelry.

Happy wife. Happy life. – Being a logical husband, I negotiated. We took some shots with jewelry and some without. In viewing the images from first outfit, she suddenly saw what I saw. Even a small necklace was a distraction. Her diamond stud earrings worked when they were completely in the shot, but if her long hair partially covered a small stud, they became distracting.

Headshots are shot within a normal conversation distance, but the composition of a headshot is such that jewelry often becomes larger than life in your finished image. I want the focus on your face. Everything that pulls the focus away from that removes the viewer from seeing you with confidence and approachability.

Jewelry edited out.

Jewelry edited out.

Jewelry is great in a portrait photo that shows more of you as a whole. Headshots are so close to your face that even those tiny stud earrings detract from conveying the confidence and personality you possess. You can bring the jewelry, but don’t be surprised when I suggest some shots without it. You too will discover how distracting jewelry can be in a good headshot.