When you are getting ready for your photography session you will probably have a couple of questions about how things will go, but the number one concern for people before their session is what to wear. I totally understand. We all want to look our best and no one wants to look back on an unflattering outfit choice. Have no fear, I have put together my seven top tips for deciding what to wear for your photography session.
1. First things first, What is the purpose of this photography session? This should be your first thought when deciding what to wear. From family portraits to your daughter's wedding, just choosing an appropriate outfit for the occasion it a step in the right direction. Also, keep in mind something that suits your personality. If you don't feel like yourself it will show in your portraits.
2. Don't forget to keep the location & season in mind. Where is the photography session taking place? Choose an outfit that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. For example, if you’re on a beach, those new high heels might not be the most logical choice and you might end up looking a bit out of place.
3. Please feel free to mix and match. Don’t be afraid to wear patterns or prints for your photography session but keep them to a minimum and try to pair them with solid colors. If you’re having a family portrait session for example, have two family members in printed items and two in solid colors. Play with different colors to match the mood and setting of the session. Keep in mind the color tone of your images. You can match the colors and reflect the room your final artwork will be displayed or you can make sure those portraits pop in your living room by dressing in a color that is opposite color of the walls.
4. Make your photos timeless. You might love that trendy top or pair of pants now but will your portraits stand the test of time if you wear that item of clothing?
5. What to do about makeup? This would depend on the type of portraits you are taking. Fashion shoots will call for more dramatic makeup but for your everyday maternity, family or senior portrait sessions keeping your makeup natural and to a minimum always looks best. If your nervous about your makeup, then working with a professional stylist may be right up your ally. It's a great way to relax right before your session. You will look fabulous, feel confident and they know the best way to apply make-up for the camera.
6. Fit is more important that you think. If you already have an outfit in mind for your session, try it on before your scheduled time to make sure that it fits correctly and compliments your body type. Big, baggy clothes look big and baggy in portraits. All those extra folds of fabric add bulk so just concentrate on the correct fit to look your best.
7. Try not to go brand crazy. Wearing too much clothing with prominent brand names just makes you look like a walking ad. Clothing with large graphics on it also doesn’t work well as it will end up being the focus of your photos. I want people to see your beautiful faces, not your favorite sneaker brand.
Remember to have fun at your photography session, be yourself and don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for guidance. I love playing in people's closet that's why I encourage my clients to either bring all their favorite cloths to the studio for a little fashion show or they can text me pictures of them in their outfits before their session so we can figure out what looks the best. This helps take away the stress of what to wear and it helps me plan out differesnt locations and poses for your session.