What to wear for a portrait session…
When it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.
Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:
1. Brand New - I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
- Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session. What is your favorite thing to wear?
- No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. Find your favorite things and show off your personal style. Are there any items that are especially important to you? Or gifts from a loved one?
- No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous. I promise.
5. Overly Busy or Distracting – Items that have really intense patterns, small stripes, or anything else that overtly draws attention away from your face and to your clothing you should avoid.
I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.
If you want to get more dressed up…
Just remember you need to be comfortable and feel good in what you wear, so choose with those ideas in mind. I always think a ‘little black dress’ and some signature shoes or boots are great for women.
To Dress the Kids…
Uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.
Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.
Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. In this situation pick classic looks, fashion that will stand the test of time.
Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography.
Here are a few helpful simple hints:
1. Choose a color that brings out your eyes or goes well with your skin tone.
2. Wear layers and add texture with various materials. It’s always good to have a jacket that you can remove for a few photos.
3. Accessorize with your favorite items, these are easy to switch throughout the shoot.
4. Find a color scheme and coordinate within. For example, decide to stick with ‘cool’ colors, and you can focus on blues and greens. Also, find uniformity in the tones of the colors. For example, if one of you is wearing bold colors, you all should. Or if you choose muted tones, choose it for all. Just not all the same colors, rather, think tones, palettes, and complimentary colors.
If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve have to look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits. Once we have decided the shoot location, then clothing will be the next planning step. What will fit best for our shoot location? What will work seasonally? It’s easier than it seems. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely decide not to wear your starched Sunday best.
That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the first list, and remember, don’t stress). If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.
Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous you’re all going to look in those pictures…. Can you see it yet? I totally can. You look INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait for your session!
For more ideas or help please contact me and I will be happy to help you.
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