One of the most frequent questions I get is “How to dress for a photoshoot?” There is no simple answer to that question, but I have put together some guidelines to help make the decision process easier.
Decide on a style
Choose the style you want to coordinate into your photos. Do you want something formal, casual, or something in between?
When planning to display your photos, try to choose colors to compliment your home
Consider your Location
When going to the park stay away from green tones which may cause you to blend into the background. The goal is to stand out from the background. Instead choose colors to compliment the background. Wear yellow or orange tones instead of green
Fluorescents produce color casts on the skin. Instead, I recommend more muted tones or primary colors
Coordinate your colors, but do not match
Matching everyone in the same color looks awkward and flat. Choose 2-3 main colors and coordinate based on that palate
Wear clothes to fit
Too loosely fitting clothing will not compliment a body shape. Loose clothing will add bulk and look sloppy. Choose clothes to fit or even a size smaller than you would normally wear to give a tailored look
Dress to flatter your body
If you are someone who does not like your legs, then avoid wearing clothes that show the legs
Dress for the weather if your location is outdoors
When in doubt bring multiple outfits or something that may be layered
Show your personality
Generally, photos are kept for many years. If you are someone who always wears jeans then a three piece suit may not be for you. A button up or polo shirt with a pair of casual dress pants may be more characteristic of you.
Add layers and Accessories
Layers add depth and generally compliments model and the the look of the photos. Adding a vest over a shirt for men/boys a good choice. For women one option is adding a belt, and wearing a necklace is a nice touch.
Don’t forget to dress the lower half
When wearing socks use dark colors, such as black. White or colored socks stick out and become a distraction
Add in props
A boy playing baseball might want to bring his mitt, or a girl learning the violin can incorporate it into the photo to add personality
Bring additional outfits
Additional outfits add diversity and interest to your photos
I hope these tips take some of the difficulty out of the decision making process. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to ask.
Brandy Miller of Miller Photography & Design is a Pittsburgh & Washington PA Portrait Photographer. Miller Photography & Design specializes in photographing seniors, maternity, engagements, and children. To see more of Brandy’s work visit www.millerphotographyanddesign.com or visit her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/millerphotographyanddesign/You may contact Brandy at firstname.lastname@example.org