What to Wear?

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This isn’t a trending posts. This is more of a suggestion posts. Many times I get asked by clients about suggestions of clothing for their photography session. So I thought it was about time for me to write on it!

So here are my suggestions for your next photography session.

  • Avoid sleeveless. There are many times that showing your arms can be distracting and sometimes not flattering, even making ones arms look longer. So longer sleeves tend to look best. There are times though that this can’t always be avoided if you have that perfect prom dress or sundress that you must photograph.
  • Avoid solid white or solid neon colors. I have had many family photos that everyone wants to wear white. It happens and it’s simple. So I get it, especially when you are just trying to find something for everyone to wear that’s simple. I’ve gotten some great photos from families wearing all white. So it can work, especially in a dark background area. However, sometimes if you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. This can also happen on neon colors or really bright colors. Plus, bright colors make you appear larger. Darker colors are slimmer.
  • Wear solid colors, avoid too many busy patterns. I want to see all your faces. I don’t want just one person standing out. So avoiding this distraction makes a better picture. However, sometimes I have taken photos of a group of three and two people were in the solid color and one was in a flower pattern to where the solid colors complimented the pattern so well. So this can happen, you just have to make sure you choose the right colors. So too many people with patterns is not a good thing.
  • Avoid characters. We all love Toy Story, Minnie Mouse, etc. but leaving them off our clothing for pictures is best.
  • Choose 1-3 colors for you session. Choose colors with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color pallet. One example may be your dark jewel tone colors such as hunter green, navy, or burgundy; or pick lighter, softer tones like  tan, a lighter olive green, and denims.
  • Sometimes simple is more. These photos will be on your wall for a while. By choosing simple, classic clothing you will help give your portraits a timeless feel to treasure.
  • Don’t forget the accessories! Don’t go overboard. However, little pearl necklaces for little girls or suspenders for little guys can really add a lot. I love to pose even more with these things! I love getting little man pulling on his suspenders, or a hand up to his hat, or peeking at me through his sunglasses.  With a couple, those accessories can be a lady pulling on her guy’s tie for a fun portrait. Accessories can not only add to your outfit, but we can really have some fun with those in the photos.
  • ARIZONA DESERT: I thought I would add one more thing about photographing in the desert. Darker colors are definitely best in the desert. You definitely want those jewel tones we talked about earlier. However, definitely don’t wear brown. You don’t want to look camouflage and blend in! 😉

Once you have chosen what to wear, the rest is easy and up to me! We’ll capture beautiful memories together! 

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