What to Wear:
- If you are planning on displaying your portraits on the wall, keep the colors of that room in mind when selecting your outfits.
- Coordinate, don’t copy. Pick 2 or 3 colors that are flattering for everyone, and work into each outfit in varying degrees. Some great color combinations are: 1.red-grey-silver-khaki-denim 2.blue-white-khaki-yellow 3.brown-tan-red-denim 4.blue-purple-beige-white. Also consider what looks good with your skin tones.
- Limit patterns, nothing to crazy to distract the eye.
- Nice shoes or barefoot. Heels are always flattering for women. Keep footwear neutral, avoid colorful shoes.
- Flatter your figure.
- Classic but current. Do not use extremely date-able trends.
- Layers are a great way to add interest.
- Avoid anything to loose or baggy and anything that is too tight.
- Avoid clothes in primary colors. Instead opt for more muted tones.
- Avoid makeup mistakes. Try to avoid foundation with sunscreen for studio sessions. Makeup should be boulder than everyday look. Use color and definition on the eyes, cheeks and lips. The use of deep or bold colors should be flattering. Avoid very dark, smoky eyes. Use powder to eliminate shine.
- Groom the guys.
- Accessorize artfully- pick a couple gorgeous pieces and limit it to that.
- Think of a theme. Snow whites: layered clothing in shades of whites with fur accents, fall: tweed, corduroys and leather, vintage: soft mauves, grays and blues, Neutral: neutral colored outfits.
- Keep hair natural- avoid anything drastic before a session unless it is a regular occurrence.
- Remove smart watches.
For Headshots and Personal Brand Photography:
In addition to some of the above tips, go for colors that look good on you. Consider your skin tone and eye color. If you can't decide feel free to bring several outfits with to your session and we can pick and choose (or you can text me pictures).
Consider your line of work and what message you are trying to send. Think both dressy and casual when choosing clothing options.
Tips for Flattering a Woman's Shape:
- If a woman carries her shape in her hips, a beautiful short necklace or a top with details at the shoulder will draw the eye upward. A-line skirts (fitted at the hips and gradually widens), empire waist dresses, horizontal necklines and straight-leg pants are all flattering for this body type. Keep pockets and other details around the hips minimal.
- If her body is proportional (hips and shoulders are about the same) and the waist is defined, she will be more flattered by vertical lines, such as v-neckline or a long necklace. Wrap dresses, belting at the natural waist and boot-cut pants are flattering.
- If the shoulders and hips are proportional but the waist is not defined, add interest at the hips and shoulders with collars, embellishments or color. Ruching at the waist (wrapping at the waist) helps define the waistline. The best pants for this type are graduated flare.
- All body types look gorgeous in wrap tops, a-line skirts, and jackets cinched at the waist.
- Long sleeves or sleeveless shirts or dresses tend to flatter more.
- Avoid wide necklines.