Tuesday, 26 March 2013

What to Wear to Your Photo Shoot

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Your photo shoot is about you, whether it be for a wedding, your new born baby or just some family photos, so you need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing in order to feel comfortable in front of the camera. There are general guidelines for what is and is not a good idea with regards to some accessories or colours so bear those in mind when choosing what would make you feel your best.
Generally, it is not recommended to have props, clothing or patterns that detract from the subjects of the photograph as they must remain both the centre of the photo and focus of the viewer's eyes. This means that you should not wear bright colours that drastically contrast with the colour of the skin, such as orange, red or yellow. You want to bring out your most natural and beautiful natural tones without them being overpowered by a bright jumper. Also, avoid wearing large or bold patterns or logos on your clothing (if the photo shoot is not aimed at business advertising) as you want to remain the main focus of the image without their being distracting or overpowering features.
Depending on what you want to achieve from the photo shoot, you can wear an array of styles of colours. If you are having the shoot for a couple's portrait then you may want to keep the focus on your faces which means having a subtle one-tone clothing style, with added touches being different textures of materials, such as a silk scarf or heavily knitted jumper. This all depends on what you want to achieve and what you want the focus of your images to be. The same goes for accessories or jewellery, where simpler or streamlined and elegant is the most suitable for traditional portraits. You may also want to coordinate your clothing so that if you are doing a family portrait that you are wearing similar colours or clothing so to keep the focus on your faces rather than the differences in clothes. The colours don't need to be the same, but they should harmonise with each other so that they do not detract from the intended focal point of the photos.
It is always advisable if you want to look a little slimmer, to wear black clothing that is neither too tight nor too baggy; you don't want to look like you are wearing a banana skin or a tent. Also, if the photo shoot is not for modelling, then it is not advised for you to wear shorts or skirts that are too short as they limit movement and flexibility that could lead to rigid photos.
Apart from the clothing, it is advisable that you bring a hair brush, some hairspray, if you use it and some light powder to touch up any shiny parts of your face during the shoot. Please see our other article on How To Prepare For Your Photo Shoot for more information.
It is most important for you to be comfortable in your clothing but you must also feel confident and fabulous so that you can relax and make the most of your photo shoot.
Have a look and see what other people wore to their photo shoot.

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