Should I Wear My Glasses in My Headshot?

This question comes up often. Should I wear my glasses in my headshot or should I go without them? Short answer: you should probably wear them. But it’s not that simple.

I have a long-time friend, going all the way back to elementary school. He always wore glasses. Always. His glasses are so much a part of his identity that he’s unrecognizable without them. You probably know someone like this too. For a person in this position, the glasses should definitely stay on.

If you wear your glasses most of the time (at work, at home, out and about) you should probably have them on for your headshot as well because that’s how most people see you, it’s part of who you are. But, if you wear contacts and only wear glasses occasionally, I recommend leaving them off depending on the use of your headshot.

You see, glasses are one of the many subtleties that can gain you credibility in your headshot, depending on the image you’re looking to portray. If you’re looking to use your headshot to appear smart, influential or authoritative, glasses will help reinforce these attributes in most cases. Here’s a report to back that up.

But, not everyone want’s to be seen as a captain of industry or a professor of physics. Many people want their headshot to project friendliness or a fun-loving feel. In this case, I think glasses are neutral and won’t effect the overall feel of the final image too much so it’s a toss up.

If you’re unsure whether to wear your glasses in your headshot or not, there’s a simple solution: we can shoot your headshots with and without them and you can choose what you like better, or go with both.

Simple solutions to life’s complex problems. That’s what I do here.