I FREQUENTLY GET ASKED “WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR OUR PORTRAIT SESSION?” – SO I PUT TOGETHER A FEW SUGGESTIONS:
IT’S A FASHION SHOW DESIGNED BY YOU!
I have some friends for whom the craziest thing they’ve worn is a pair of red shoes. Then there are other friends who have a hat for every occasion. The point is, wear the clothes and accessories that represent who you are, and how you’d want others to see you once these pictures are shared. So no pressure to wear a live cobra around your neck if that isn’t you, but if you do bring a live cobra as a prop, don’t expect me to pet it! Here’s a re-cap:
- Wear your favorite color.
- Grab any accessories that you feel good in.
- Do your hair and makeup in a way that shows off your natural features, not in a way that hides who you are.
- Last thing that screams who you are: practice that smile! Do it in front of the mirror as many times as you need to. :)
DRESS TO MATCH YOUR CO-STARS!
You never want to be the only one at a party in a bunny girl outfit when everyone else is wearing floral church dresses (now I’m referencing Bridget Jones’s Diary, but I’m sure most of you knew that), so you’ll want to avoid the same mis-matching horrors for your shoot! Here are some quick tips:
- If you’re the dressy type, take the lead and pick an outfit for your loved one, so he doesn’t show up in a Hawaiian shirt disaster.
- Formal wear should only happen in twos, so if he’s wearing a tux you’ll have to step it up!
- Make sure you think about complimentary colors, because even if his orange sweater and your yellow dress look perfect on their own, they might look a little scary when put together!
- Don’t feel restricted by one outfit, because you can bring a change of clothes! Hopefully this helps lessen the stress of the crucial outfit decision.
INSIDER TIPS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER: THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER!
If it’s your first photo shoot or your tenth, it’s hard to consider all the different things that can enhance your shoot when you’re worrying about looking perfect. The following considerations are both practical and helpful in getting the best results:
- Where possible, leave out the patterns and go for the solid colors. This helps bring the focus to your face and lovely smile, instead of on how cute the little animal-prints on your shirt are.
- We all have clothing we struggle to fit into. Believe me, I feel very accomplished when I can squeeze into that pair of jeans after five minutes of pulling and sucking in, but in a photo shoot with different poses that require you to move, make sure you wear something that you can move around comfortably in!
- Go for clothing that has decent structure, where possible. In other words, that flimsy material that feels so light but hangs off of every curve of your body? It shows no mercy in a photograph.
- Remember the surface you’ll be walking on and standing on during the shoots. Chances are, it’s not a nice carpet that’s comfortable. In fact, it’s usually a sandy beach or a stone-cobbled street that makes for a great shot, but boy are those surfaces tough on your fancy heels! Just bring along some flats and change into your heels when the camera’s ready.
- Check the weather before the day of the shoot! If it’s going to be cold and windy, make sure you layer with a cardigan or blazer, because they look good and can easily be removed for a photo (then put back on to keep you warm!).
MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL:
ENJOY YOURSELF! No matter what the occasion, a photo shoot is a special time when you get to look your best and feel like a star, so don’t forget to smile, laugh, and embrace the experience whether or not the camera is on you. And the best part of all? The more you enjoy yourself, the more it will shine through in the photos! So don’t forget: Just be yourself – I will take care of the rest!