Some GREAT Tips On What To Wear

Wow it’s way to early for me. My inner alarm woke me hours before I had intentions of getting up. But since I’m up I came across these great tips on what to wear for your photography session so I figured I would pass it on to you.

We all want to look our best in our pictures. If you follow these simple rules, I can guarantee you will love the outcome.

These are the type of questions that will be answered in this section of portrait photography tips…

  • Avoid clothes that make you look like a geek. For those non-geeks, we’re talking wild checks, stripes, and very busy patterns; especially if worn together!
  • Avoid clothing extremes. Generally, turtle necks and V-necks are good, as long as they don’t over-power the subject’s face. Bottom line, the subject should dress to feel comfortable.
  • Schedule the photography session when you’re in your prime (some people are morning people, others aren’t).
  • Whether you are the photographer or the subject, have personal care items on premises, such as brush, comb, hairspray, chainsaw (for those really bad hair days), make-up, lipstick, mirror, hair clips, etc.
  • The star of the portrait photography session should bring at least one additional change of clothes (and shoes, if appropriate). Two or three are even better.
  • Have fashion accessories on premises, such as scarves, jewelry, hats, flowers, etc.
  • Plan to be at the location at least 15 minutes early so you can put your hair in place (in my case… all 6 of them), adjust your clothes, and RELAX. If you are frazzled feeling, it will come across in the portraits.
  • Avoid bare arms where possible. Opt for long-sleeve shirts/blouses rather than short-sleeve.
  • Everything in the portrait photography session should be geared toward drawing attention TO the subject’s face, not AWAY FROM IT! Therefore, if women are being photographed full-length, they should wear pants, a long skirt, and/or dark stockings.
  • The color of the clothes:
    • Avoid bright reds and orange (they battle the subject’s face for attention)
    • Darker colors are generally better than light colors
    • Colors like white, yellow, and pink tend to over-power the face and make the subject took too pale
    • In general, the best colors are medium shades of blue, green, burgundy, and rust.
  • If taking a group portrait, everyone should wear complimentary colors. The outfits don’t have to be duplicates to look good; however, you don’t want everyone in light blue and one person in bright red.

One thought on “Some GREAT Tips On What To Wear

  1. I like my picture the best because my children are soooooo beautiful and you took such a wonderful picture of us. Angel

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