What to wear?
I always have this question buzzing about for any portrait session.
My answer will always be dress to impress, but always be yourself.
If your personality has a more edgy alternative look, then embrace that style. Dress up in the nicest things or what makes you feel good about yourself image. I break down what to wear in my tips.
The Tips ....
1. Matchy-matchy is a thing of the past.
You don't have to dress as twins to coordinate. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in a "color scheme". Such as mom wears a yellow dress, the daughters have yellow bows. Start off with colors that coordinate well and that appeal to you. What you like is key.
2. Limit patterns.
Wearing bold patterns may distract from the final image. Therefore lets put the focus where it should be, on you! Less is more.
3. Unless your a newborn - just say no to character shirts.
Its okay to wear "message" shirts in newborn photography. Big brother, little brother type shirts, its cute. But try to avoid it in family photos if a more elegant appearance is desired. Things can be adorable in certain situations. If your a musician, and a Detroit Rock City Tee is your thing, then by all means wear it.
4. Accessories, accessories, accessories!
Not only does it add to your outfit but they can make fun props too. This includes props of all types to help tell your story or to say a message. Plus traditional accessories such as; ties, bows, scarves, hats, jewelry, fancy shoes, etc. Whatever gives you the spark your seeking, make it personal, and be yourself.
5. Be classic, make your image last a lifetime.
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing classic clothes while keeping your style you will help give your images a timeless feel. The holidays can throw people into wild looks. Santa hats and ugly sweaters are fun but use them for a few shots not an entire session.
6. Consider your background.
Keep the location in mind. Will you be indoors or out? Add your favorite spot in the shot. Show what you love in your photographs. Where you like to be, do and see. Select outfits with a color palette that complements. Don't compete or clash with your surroundings. If you need location suggestions, I have plenty for all styles and looks.
7. Save the New Hair Style for later!
This is very important. Don't try a new look before your photo session.
~ SEASONAL COLOR & STYLE GUIDE ~
Earth Tones | Muted Jewel Tones | Rustic | Denim and Tan | Brown and Maroon or Violets | Denim, Yellow, Crimson | Navy, Tan, Cream
Neutral Tones | Seasonal Tones | Sparkle with White, Silver or Gold | Crimson and Denim | Red or Green with Black
Bright Tones | Blush or Teal and White | Light Blue, Tan, White | Navy, Yellow, White | Tan and Pastels
Muted Tones | Bright Tropical Tones | Tan and White | Orange and Teal | Light Blue, Tan, White | Denim & Light Tones | Blue, Green, Yellow
Lastly, Don't stress.
~ Those are my tips, hope they help! Cher Charest.