03 March, 2008

What to Wear? What to Wear?

Clearly I get this question before nearly every shoot. We all want to look our very best in our portraits. Obviously! I'll do my very best to be on my game and flatter you like mad with my glass, however there are a few things you can do to help me out.

1. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but matching aloha wear (Hawaiian print) for the whole family. . . not the most flattering portrait attire. Pick simple, harmonious colors. Solids are always nice. You want your bronzed cheeks and relaxed smile to be the focus of the photo, not the alarmingly bright hibiscus flowers all over your clothing.

2. Something else to think about is this: how often does your entire family go out on the town wearing matching white polo shirts. . . um never. . . EVER (I hope)! Remember that you want your portraits to have a harmony of style and color but not necessarily everyone wearing the exact same thing. It’s nice to see people’s individual personalities come out in a shot as well as strong family harmony.

3. A word on make-up. I shoot in natural light. Very rarely do I even use my flash let alone any other type of artificial light. Your make-up shouldn't be any more. . .generous. . . for lack of a better word than it would be at any other time. If I were using studio lighting, that would be a different story as it can wash you out.

Ok folks! See? Easy as 1,2, 3!



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Heather said...

AMEN! So well said!

shelly said...

A photographer after my own heart!