What to wear for a photo-shoot
by Talita Springer
Personally I believe having quality pictures is a very important thing and a landmark in our memories. Family, newborn, maternity, first birthday, whichever the occasion may be! One moment gone and the past is lost forever. It never comes back. That's why investing in a good photographer something you will never regret!
Portraits helps preserve the moment in time and document the appearance of each family member. In addition, most of the time portraits are passed down from one generation to another. This is why I have such a strong passion towards photography. To capture that moment in your life that only happens once. To deliver images far from ordinary snapshot and to savor these memories forever.
Naturally when we think of photographers, we automatically want their work to be perfect. A vivid memory of an event to be etched in our minds, make us smile and fall in love. We worry about attire, backdrop or the which setting and so on to add to the portrait. However, I believe the attire is what matters the most. I can take an amazing photo but it will NOT look amazing if what everyone is wearing is not just right. The moment and the memory will still be captured but you might not be completely happy on how it turned out.
This is why I decided to write this blog. The most difficult part of preparing for a photo-shoot is deciding what to wear. Besides choosing the right photographer, choosing your outfits will be the second most important choice you will make. What I am trying to say is that when choosing what to wear for your session try coordinating and uniforming what the family or couple wears. Wearing clothes that complements each other are always best. Try matching the color but not 100% so its not blend will bring out the best of you and create beautiful tones.
Okay let me try to make this easier by breaking this down a bit. Please keep in mind I am far from being a stylist. This is sole based off of what I believe looks best in photographs. This being said; here we go.
Wear similar tones of clothing
•Think in black and white tones; if everyone wears dark blue and one person wears white, the eye will be drawn to the person wearing white. If there's a reason that one person should stand out, then do it. If not, change your color selections.
•Denim in any color for pants and jackets works well. It's classic, it's informal and it comes in lots of great colors. Best of all, it never goes out of style.
•Groom your hands and nails; they usually end up in some pictures.
The families of color
•Group One: Jewel tones (ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green)
•Group Two: Pastels (pastel blue like worn demin, pastel pink, pastel green, pastel yellow, peach)
•Group Three: Earth tones (pumpkin orange, eggplant purple, sage green, chocolate brown).
•Group Four: Cool vs Warm tones (cool colors are blue and green, warm tones are reds, yellows, oranges). Sometimes colors from each of these groups compliment each other: pumpkin orange with denim blue)
Avoid patterns, logos, branding, and busy designs IF POSSIBLE! Specially stripped outfits/shirts. These tends to be super distracting. We want to see the you, your family and the moment not the outfit.
Avoid anything shiny or reflective. Try avoiding large, shiny objects like belt buckles, bold jewelry and reflective watches. Unless your watch has a story, it's best to take it off during your portrait session. In fact, it's best to take it off well before you arrive so the marks on your wrist have a chance to fade. Classic, elegant jewelry like pearls always looks appropriate and always add something extra to the image.
Be aware of bright color and colors that stands out such as RED. Red attracts attention! If you want to stand out on purpose, wear red. If you choose red because of an occasion such as Christmas. Choose red for everybody and it's best if the reds match.
Few more Tips:
•Ladies, please keep the make up and jewelry to a bare minimum. A lipstick and bit of blush would be fine.
•Wear clothes which fit you properly. Loose and baggy clothes makes you look bigger and bulkier in photographs.
•For the men, it would be good idea to shave and trim your beards and mustaches. If you are planning to have a haircut, have it a week or 2 before the d-day. In case there is a hairstyle problem, it can be corrected.
•Long sleeves are necessary for adults as well as teenagers. Bare arms can attract attention and can have an overbearing effect on the face.
• The above point relates to legs as well. Women who are going to be photographed from head to toe, it is advisable to wear long skirts or pants. Bare legs can overpower the face.
I cant think of anything else at the moment. Even if I did I think these tips should help you make the right decision when choosing what to wear :D