What to Wear

WeIMG_0978're often asked, "What should I wear" for my portrait session?"  That question has as many answers as the settings on today's cameras.  Of course one of the best answer is, "Whatever you're most comfortable in."  As a comfortable subject is a relaxes subject and the camera likes a relaxed subject.  Nothing worse than a stiff, un-lifelike portrait that goes in a drawer never to be seen again.  That said, certain types of portraits lend themselves to certain types of clothing.  Unless you're shooting a theme wedding or special event - suits and ties on the beach (or in the park) may seem a little out of place. Glamour or boudoir shots have their own style of dress.

According to Digital Photo School.com, here are some guidelines that work pretty well:

  •  Wear solid colored clothing so that we see all of your faces and no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.

  • Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued so that you are the subject not your clothes and you don’t stand out from the group. Bright colors project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which also makes you look larger.

  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your bottom look bigger.

  • Choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours and the people stand out!

  • Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow  because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger.IMG_7744e

  • Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg.

  • Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait.

  • Keep jewellery simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face.

  • Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes.  (no 'up do's for a lake shoot)

  • If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session.