10 Tips – What you should wear to a photo shoot

People often ask me what they should wear to a photo shoot. Since this is such an important question I wanted to provide you with these 10 guidelines:

  • Wear solid coloured clothing so that we see all of your faces and no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.
  • Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued so that you are the subject not your clothes and you don’t stand out from the group. Bright colours project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which also makes you look larger.
  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.
  • Choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones, Or tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones. This is so that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours and the people stand out!
  • If you don’t like the way your arms look, Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow  because if  your arms take up more skin area than your face, it will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger.
  • Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg
  • Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait
  • Keep jewellery simple and minimalistic because too much, or to bright and bold draws attention away from your face.
  • Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes – no fancy up dos with jeans, no pony tails with evening gowns, etc. Your portrait will be more timeless and represent more closely who you are, not just what you look like.”
  • When getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session – Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.

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