You want to get your photo taken. Awesome. Perfect. You have come to the right place. I can help with that! The next big question…… what to wear?!? Well, that is a little more complicated – but I am here to help with that one too! Here are my 5 favorite tips for choosing outfits for a session.
- Make sure YOU like it! If you feel great – you will look great, and that trumps everything in my book. A great fit goes a very long way to looking good in a photograph. If you are going for slim fitting clothes, try them on with the undergarments to check for lumps or bumps – trust me you will see them later. I also recommend avoiding clothes that lack a “shape”. Boxy sweaters and clothes with a lot of draping will hide your beautiful self.
- When in doubt, go with a solid. Patterns can work – but sometimes they get tricky. Busy and or bold patterns will take the attention away from the most important part of the image – the face! Small stripes often don’t print well – due to something called moire ( where the lines get blurred ) And if you are wearing any kind of button up dress shirt – they tend to not always lay perfectly flat – no matter the pose. A solid can be “adjusted” later in post processing – where a plaid or pattern is almost impossible to smooth out. I also think avoiding writing or big logos too – unless you want that part to be featured in the image.
- Consider the backdrop you are going to be photographed against when picking colors. A summer scene with lots of greens or fall leaves full of color? Neutrals are my favorite, but choose what you like best. My all time favorites are shades of gray, blue, black, cream and brown. Depending on your backdrop you may look amazing in jewel tones, or pastels too. When we plan the session location, we can talk about complementary and contrasting colors. If you are planning a family photo – with several people – make sure you are all in a “color family” not necessarily the exact same shirt. Everyone in exactly the same tends to blend into one another. Neon colors do NOT tend to photograph well. They cast strange reflections on to skin, and don’t print well either.
- Don’t forget about you nails, shoes, and accessories. They totally pull together an outfit, and do show in the photographs.
- You will look amazing! Don’t stress too much. We are hardest on ourselves and the most important thing is that we are capturing you right now. Having fun during the session is the best look of all. 🙂 Below are a few gorgeous families who coordinated beautifully. I just love their choices.