TIPS ON WHAT TO WEAR FOR PORTRAITS SESSIONS

Choosing what to wear for a portraits shoot can be a daunting task.  You want to look your best, and you want your clothing to blend well with the location & style of the shoot.  Fortunately, I've got you covered.

 
 
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COLORS TO WEAR

With my style of photography, there are certain colors that tend to work better than others.  Since I typically shoot in nature, Earth Tones work very well.  This include nude colors, brown & mud tones, pale cream tones.  Also, Blue & Green Tones blend quite well with my usual shooting locations in the forest or garden areas.

Some of us (me included) look better in Darker Tones, and prefer Black.  Darker tones are great and I recommend them for a classic, elegant and refined look.  This also goes for Rich & Deep Colors like Royal Blue, Burgundy and Indigo.

For something lighter and more airy, Pastel Tones are nice - in particular Robin's Egg Blue, Sage Green, Cream or Pale Pink.  They give a softer look to the image and also have the benefit of slightly illuminating the face.

Lastly, Metallic Colors  like Bronze, Copper, and Gold look superb on film.


COLORS TO AVOID

Having shot countless engagement & portraits shoots, I would say the color that work least well with what I do are Hot Pink, Bright Yellow, and any other super vibrant "hot shades".  They're usually just too much and they distract from your natural beauty.  Also, since I shoot predominantly in natural settings they tend to clash with the environment.

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COORDINATE YOUR OUTFITS

If you are a couple or group getting your portraits together, then it is crucial to coordinate your outfits ahead of time.  Here's a few tips:

  • Play off a similar tone.  For instance, have every one wearing a different shade of blue (blue shirts for some of the guys, blue skirts for the girls).
  • Don't get too matchy-matchy.  Uniformity can sometimes be a little boring. Having similar color elements within the frame can be pleasing to the eye, but you can preserve your individuality with distinct accents in jewelry, coats, scarves, etc.
  • Use complementary colors.  We learn about this one in art class growing up, but it's true: colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, complement each other well.  In case you're in need of a refresher course on complementary colors, click on THIS LINK for more info.

FOR WOMEN: CLOTHING ITEMS THAT FLOW & THAT DEFINE YOUR FIGURE

Clothing item choices that flow can be a great addition to an outfit.  Be it a dress or blouse, having light flowing fabric gives my photos a dynamic energy that is characteristically unique.  Please remember, though, that a blouse or dress that is too baggy may not look great in photos - you'll want some element of it to define your figure.

FOR MEN: STAY SHARP

For a formal portraits shoot, it's certainly okay to look a little sharper than you do on your average weekend day.  This can include donning a sports coat, tucking your short in, using cufflinks, or any other special features that will help you look your best dressy casual or semi-formal.

 

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REMEMBER TO:

  • STEAM, IRON OR DRY CLEAN CLOTHING PRIOR TO THE SHOOT. 

  • PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS LIKE SHOES, POCKET SQUARES, OR JEWELRY ACCENTS