What to wear
THIS CAN BE THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE SESSION
CLOTHING SHOULD NOT DISTRACT
Remember, the portraits we capture are not about the clothing; they are about the people. Therefore, I would suggest you spend some time reviewing and approving clothing options for the session to make sure clothing will not distract. As a general rule of thumb, logos, loud patterns, and overly casual clothing will divert attention from the people.
Generally, men and boys will need the most help in this area, but there is that rare male who needs no help at all. You can decide into which category each male in your family falls.
COMPLEMENT, DON’T MATCH
The days of everyone wearing the same colors are over; today, it is best to find colors that complement each other rather than match perfectly.
Some great options might be:
- Soft cool colors like light blue, gray, and blush.
- Pleasing warm tones, like brown, orange, and burgundy.
MOSTLY SOLIDS WITH SOME SUBTLE PATTERNS
Solids are a natural choice and a great way to guarantee no mistakes when selecting clothing. But, if you want something with a bit more pop to it, may I suggest adding glimpses of patterns and textures. These accents can go a long way in creating interest in the images. But remember, less is more, and these things can be overdone.
I will often suggest that the men wear the base color -solid, heavy, strong, and the women wear lighter tones that complement with small pops of pattern or texture.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS
It’s true, the devil is in the details, so be careful that a beautiful image isn’t spoiled because someone wore their ratty old tennis shoes, or insisted on wearing their gaudy costume jewelry.
Pay attention to things like socks, shoes, belts, and accessories. They can make all the difference in the world.
STICK TO ONE OUTFIT
Unless these are senior images or an engagement session, don’t overcomplicate things. Changing clothing takes time away from the shoot and can often lead to grumpy kids and teens.
CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR
I shoot for walls! What I mean is that I want you to love your portraits so much that you will want to hang them on your wall. Thus, make sure the color palette of the clothing worn will look good with the tones of your home.
If you want to look thinner in the images, here are a few tips:
– Dark clothing is much better at slimming you down than lighter tones.
– Cover your skin. Long pants and sleeves are an easy way to look slimmer. Most women do not like their arms. If you fall into this category, wear long sleeves.