So you've scheduled your portrait session and now you might be concerned about how you're going to prepare for it. No need to worry! In this post, we will help ease your mind about one of the biggest preparation factors: what to wear.
Style with Confidence
Whether you are preparing for a family session, couples portraits or even just child portraits, the most important thing is that everyone in front of the camera feels comfortable and confident in the clothes they are wearing. What you wear should reflect your personality and individual style. You need to feel great in your clothes so that your confidence can shine and we can photograph you as naturally as possible. If you’re overly concerned about an article of clothing you’re going to be distracted from taking the best photos you can. Your images should bring back positive memories, not memories of how often you kept adjusting your clothes. As always, we strive to capture each client in a happy and relaxed state and that's why it's crucial that the clothes you bring to your portrait session make you feel that way.
Additionally, it is recommended that you wear neutral colors so that your photos are timeless and more versatile. Gray and cream colors are almost always better than black and white. We encourage that you keep the heavy patterns and big logos at home in order to keep the attention on the real star - YOU! If you are booked for a family session or are being photographed with multiple people, we definitely recommend you coordinate with each other. This does NOT mean exact matching, uniform type of coordination. This means wearing colors that compliment each other and don't direct people's attention to one individual. This might take some planning and communication, but it is well WORTH IT!
If you're thinking about bringing a few outfits to change into for a variety of looks, that is great, however, if we are doing an outdoor session, where getting changed is not the easiest, you might consider layering and accessorizing. Incorporate some layers, hats, scarfs, and jewelry and you can get a variety of looks while not having to change behind a bush. On the other hand, if changing behind a bush "ain't no thang” we definitely won't discourage that, buuuut we would recommend that you bring outfits that create a harmonious color palette so that there's a sense of cohesion throughout all of your photographs.
Regarding footwear, each session is different. Obviously, if you're just having headshots done you can wear any shoe your heart desires, yes, that means your Crocs, socks and sandals duo, Shape-ups, etc. we DON'T care. If you're doing an at-home session, bare feet are fine or whatever you would normally wear at home. Since we realize not every session is going to be casual, we advise our clients to bring shoes that appropriately suit the attire they will be wearing. Also, depending on your session location, we would suggest bringing a pair of comfortable shoes (athletic-type) to get to photography locations that aren't as easily accessible in your cute four-inch heels.
DOs & Don'ts Quick List
Choose a complimentary color palette to style each family member.
Wear clothing you feel comfortable in and that fits you.
Bring at least two wardrobe changes and layer with accessories if you are going on location.
Choose select pieces of jewelry to wear especially if they have meaning.
Bring comfortable footwear or prepare to be shoeless.
Choose the same outfit for each family member.
Wear clothing with heavy patterns, visible logos or distracting colors.
Wear baggy or loose clothing.
Wear distracting jewelry or giant watches.
More Helpful Tips
SLEEP Eyes are less puffy and dark circles are less noticeable after a good night's sleep.
EXFOLIATE A professional facial is amazing but a simple natural oatmeal bar with a wash cloth will do, or favorite scrub. This will help bring forth plump new cells to the surface and give you a glow. Be sure to do it the night before if you tend to get red.
MOISTURIZE Hydrate inside and out the night before and prior to your photography session. Avoid alcohol the night before (dehydrates skin).
STAY NATURAL Use neutral natural colors on nails and make-up (less is more). If you tend to have shiny skin, bring a translucent powder with you for touch ups. If you are not having your hair done before session you can use soft curlers on clean hair the night before session to give a natural body to your hair and it helps soften the ends.
EAT! If you don't eat before then bring a snack especially for the kids. There is nothing worse than an unhappy tummy.
STRESS FREE Give yourself plenty of time before and after session so that you are not rushed or stressed. In fact, make a day of it and have fun taking care of you!
Put your best foot forward by:
Avoiding, shinny, shimmer or sparkly make up of any kind
Avoiding neon colors (including nails)
Remembering that undergarments can make or break the day....nudes are best. If you desire some shaping, make sure you bring garments that accentuate your assets
Avoid ill fitting or outfits that detract from you and your outerwear.
Considering how shoes may change your height when posing with others. They generally not seen in portraits but bring something suitable to outfit that is comfortable and easy to slip in and out of.
With all that said, you are now ready to look fabulous for your session!
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