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My wife told me not to sound too much like a goo-roo in my portrait photography blog post, so I’ll do my very best to just “keep it real” (queue Chappelle Show skit).
If you haven’t noticed yet, we like to have fun in our business because when you love your work, you never work a day in your life.
Portrait photography can be so boring. But it doesn’t have to be. And it shouldn’t be! So here are some quick tips to help you prepare for your portrait photography session.
Now depending on your session, you might have purchased a session that allows for multiple outfit changes. So obviously bring all of those outfits, but here’s what I would recommend.
First and foremost. Be yourself. And bring outfits that make you feel the most comfortable. We want you to feel confident, powerful and attractive.
Let’s get into some specifics here…
Depending on the season that you choose to take your portraits, it might be hot or just right. It is the Pacific Northwest after all. We’ve taken portraits in the rain and they turned out awesome.
But I digress, we can always take layers off and on in between snaps of the camera so being agile is key. Think about the finished look that you want to have in your photos. We’re here to guide you in the moment, but ultimately we want to work with your vision as well.
My point is that if you’re the focus of outdoor portrait photography shoot, we have to plan for the weather.
Before your portrait photography session, if it’s important to you to be up to date on your fashion and you’re looking for ideas, you can check out Elle.com and check out their trend reports.
In regards to colors and patterns, the rule of thumb here is that you don’t want anything that is too “in your face”. We want to focus ON your face not AWAY from your face. Logos are a big no-no.
Ok. There’s another specific in regards to portrait photography wardrobe choices.
When it comes to necklines we want to have a multitude of options because it is a feature of the clothing that can accentuate the face or distract. Photography is an art form so we want to make sure that you can adapt to the creative process organically.
These are going to be some really quick portrait photography tips for things to avoid wearing.
As I mentioned in the previous section absolutely do not wear something that you’re not completely comfortable it.
A lot of the things that I’m going to say here should go without saying, but we need to be clear as I’ve seen this happen many times.
Take a few minutes before the session to get your clothes pressed. A stray wrinkle can be handled in the post editing process, but a article of clothing that’s out of the hamper is a lost cause and can ruin the shots or at minimum make them hard to edit.
Definitely try on your clothes before the shoot because even though that Christmas outfit might have looked great on you in December, it might not fit right and that can spell disaster if you had your heart set on it.
Patterns and prints are ok if they’re not fine and repetitive. If you’re doing a portrait photography session where you have one or more people participating, try not to match too much.
You can wear similar colors or patterns, but the second you overdo it there’s nothing we can do to help you not look awkward.
The toughest thing for me to write about are colors. I have the typical guy color palate and scheme. 50 Shades of Grey? Nope. White. Grey. Black. Period.
However, I do understand that there is a method to that madness. So let me just put this infographic here for you to enjoy.
And lastly I found a great resource that tells you exactly what colors will complement you the best so that your portrait comes out stunning and your vision truly comes to life.
Check out this article from CollegeFashion.com and see what colors look best for you.
But wait there’s more! Just kidding… there’s nothing left to do except to click here and book your portrait photography session with Bridgetown Photography today!