Your clothing choices are an important part of making your pictures amazing! To keep it simple, I have categorized useful tips to make the process painless and enjoyable.
- Include accessories, such as a scarf.
- Layer clothing (harder in the summer).
- Wear clothing with bold patterns.
- Mix patterns. It's okay to have plaid and stripes in a group portrait.
- Revert to simple. A timeless look, such as a white dress with a simple bow or a baby in just a plain diaper cover will give an elegant classic look.
- If desired, bring subtle props such as flowers or a quilt.
- Check out my Pinterest page for clothing recommendations.
- Make choosing your outfit stressful. DO seek help from trusted friends and family.
- Wear clothes with logos, graphics, characters, labels, etc.
- Cut your hair less than a week from the shoot (ladies).
- Match everyone in the same color.
- Hide your personality. Do be expressive!
- Ignore shoes when creating your attire.
Coordinate, don't match. It is more appealing to see many colors within a palette than the same color repeated many times. The days of everyone wearing all white, black or khaki are over.
Avoid fluorescents. They tend to cast colors on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh sometimes.
Start with versions of primary colors. For example: Yellow-->mustard, red-->maroon brick, and blue-->navy, royal.
During the fall, neutral earthy tones such as green, brown and gray work well.
In the spring or summer, vibrant colors will really 'pop'.
- Bright white clothing can create strong highlights which will draw attention away from your face, or create a reflection. Stick with softer off-white hues such as cream or 'bone' white.
- I recommend that you check out this article written by a specialist. Makeup for photography is different than everyday use. I can arrange professional makeup and hair for your portrait.
- Excess makeup will actually make editing more difficult.
- Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets will help with bright highlights that may appear from oily skin.
Tricks of the Trade
- To makes things manageable, start with your most favored outfit or article of clothing and go from there. Most group portraits can handle 2-3 main colors themes with an accent color.
- Cruise Pinterest for inspiration.
- Darker colors tend to have a slimming effect.
- Don't be opposed to walking into GAP and asking for help. It's never a bad idea to bring a trusted friend to put a second set of eyes on your wardrobe choices.
- Long sleeves and pants are much safer than their shorter counterparts.
- Google wind speed and humidity before leaving for the shoot. You may need to re-assess your hairstyle.