I know from experience that choosing the perfect outfit/s for engagements, senior, or any other photo session you have coming up can be extremely daunting. From your clothes, including shoes, to your accessories or even in some cases helping your significant other with choice to match you starts to get frustrating.
Stop, Breath, and Read what advice we have for this very formidable task.
We are here to put your anxieties at ease. I know, I know, you are thinking of that cute blue and white paisley shirt because it looks so cute on, but your worried it might clash with the environment. Well... you would be right! Patterns on shirts usually clash with any type of environment , and if you are going to a studio can also be particularly hard to choose a background that would compliment your attire. The eye has a hard time focusing on one spot because the image becomes to busy. Solid colors, or shirts that have small unobtrusive designs are the best shirts to wear, this includes skirts, pants, tights, leggings, and even dresses. Now having said that solid colors are the best to wear there are some colors that you have to be careful about. Starting with Red...
Red doesn't always photograph the same. Usually it will be a red blue, red pink, or red orange and even has the nasty habit to bleed. So if you so choose to wear red at all and want your significant other to wear the same make sure you have picked a shirt that is cute from the same cloth so the colors match ahead of time. If your not sure the best and safest policy is to choose another color. Have you ever went to buy a black blazer and have the biggest difficulty finding a pair of slacks that match the color black? Well black has the same issues as red. Although you may not notice it as much with black the same principles actually apply. Blacks if not matched as closely as possible ahead of time can also photograph with a hint of blue. Granted this is easier to fix later so it is not nearly as large an issue as red. Orange is another color that has a tendency to bleed in photographs.
Here are some tips to think about when picking your outfits. These of course are only guidelines and you are more than welcome to wear what you would feel most comfortable in.
- Solid Color Clothing
- Muted or subdued tones
- Bottoms that are similar or compliment tops
- You & significant other wear same or complimentary colors
- If your worried about your arms choose tops with 3/4 or quarter sleeves
- Long pants or knee length skirt
- Dark socks or foot wear unless its a special or specific style
- Simple minimalistic jewelery, if you wear a simple shirt then some fun jewelery is fine.
- Hair appointments should be made at least 2 weeks prior to shoot. (this give you time to see what it looks like and do any adjustments before you session.)
Now, let me go over the above points and explain why they are important.
- Solid Colors: This allows you to be the main focus of the picture pulling you away from whatever background or environment you are in. Patterns tend to make you blend in and make the picture cluttered or busy.
- Muted or subdued tones: These colors don't project or bleed.If you wear a bright blue & your significant other wears black we will see you and lose them. Try to stay away from reds, oranges, & yellows, these specific colors tend to make you look larger as well.
- Similar or Complimentary Colors: This is a dire necessity! Bright tops and dark pants make you look larger on top and smaller on bottom. Same concept if you reverse the scheme. Choose colors that compliment each other giving a more proportional look.
- Jewelery: Its always fun to wear something new, or old, but this should still compliment your outfit. Super bright jewelery can not only call attention away from your outfit it can make your neck look larger, and if you have a double chin... call attention to it.
- Arms: If you wear 3/4 or quarter sleeves you will not only hide your arms if you are uncomfortable with them but also keep them looking slim and keeping attention away from them and drawing it to your face instead.
- Pants & Skirts: This has a similar reason to the above arms. Pants and knee length skirts keep you comfortable to sit, stand, and a few other poses without showing off to much or drawing attention away from your faces.
- Hair: We all know how much fun it can be to try out a new hairstyle especially with a photo session coming up, but make sure you feel great and look like you! We want you to look back at your pictures and see your true self not just how you looked on that particular day.
- If you so choose to try out something new before your session make sure that it is at least 2 weeks prior! It is horrible to get something done the day before or the week of and hate it, leaving no time to fix it.
- Dark Socks & Shoes: This is really only important to an extent. If you wear white shoes, make sure that you wear something white to tie them into your outfit, i.e. jewelery, top, pants, etc. this allows your shoes not to stick out. Men that want to wear red shoes... I suggest a red hat as well. This of course is an example, but give you the general idea of tying colors together.
- Glasses or Contacts: This can be a hard topic. If you never wear contacts then by no means am I telling you to run out a get some because you have a session coming up. Things to keep in mind though are... glare, reflection, slipping, clashing, etc. Glasses can be hard to work with, they can reflect the environment around them, or capture the light casting a glare across the glass, slip down your face when getting hot or being outside, and sometimes can clash with your outfit. Just bare these in mind when deciding which to wear. If all you wear is glasses then you should definitely wear them because that is who you are. If you can wear or do wear either its best to always go with contacts.
Your pictures should always resonate with your personality, this premise always chumps any advice anyone can ever give you! Whether you are whimsical, modern, chic, country, retro, urban, Gothic, rock-a-billy, fun, wild, or different, stay with that path and you will have marvelous portraits that reflect who you are; and that is always the most important! I can never stress that enough!
Hope this has helped in all your future planning!