QUESTIONS | Wardrobe & Shoes

For Families:

COORDINATING COLORS is different from “matching” colors. It’s really hard to perfectly match colors… unless everyone is wearing the same exact shirt… which make you look like an athletic team… so take some time to think about the color of the background of your location and start coordinating clothing options that will look good together.

What is Your Home Decor?

Since you’ll be hanging these photos in your home, make sure that the color theme of your clothing will easily integrate into the color theme of your home!

Your clothing choices are just as important as other more technical details such as: location, pose, and lighting. Follow this clothing guideline for best results:

Why is your clothing so important?

Your clothing should not be the “center of attention”
Your clothing should not make your “disappear” from the photo
Your clothing should flatter your body (arms, legs, booty, tummy)

Killer Clothing: Good & Bad

I sometimes joke that people’s clothing choices either “kill the photo” or MAKE a “killer photo!” All joking aside… Here are some tips for killer wardrobe choices:


 

INDIVIDUAL | Portraits

Solid colored clothing
Choose subdued color that allows you to SHINE
Similar tones for top & bottom make you look taller
ARMS – look the best with sleeves to the elbow
LEGS – unless you are 19 or a fitness guru, cover them to the knee with pants or a skirt
BODY – choose fitted clothing
FEET – blend your socks and shoes to blend with your legs
JEWELRY – simple
HAIR – cut / color 2 weeks prior to avoid any “surprises”

IMPORTANT: Ladies!!! include a pair of “walking around” shoes – if you’re planning on wearing heels for the shots, you’ll need some comfy shoes (especially if we are shooting multiple locations)

 


 

GROUP | Portraits

Solid coloured clothing
Similar tones for top & bottom to make you look taller
Limit color palette to 3 MAX colors that work nicely together
ARMS – look the best with sleeves to the elbow
LEGS – unless you are 19, cover them to the knee with pants or a skirt
BODY – choose fitted clothing
FEET – blend your socks and shoes to blend with your legs
JEWELRY – simple
HAIR – cut / color 2 weeks prior to avoid any “surprises”

IMPORTANT: Ladies!!! include a pair of “walking around” shoes – if you’re planning on wearing heels for the shots, you’ll need some comfy shoes (especially if we are shooting multiple locations)

 


 For Families and Senior Portraits:

What to Wear by Body TYPE:

APPLE | Shape: Round through the Middle

You need to: Contrast  clothing to “create” your figure

• Wrap tops give the illusion of a smaller waist
• Blouses with a corset structure
• Elastic or seams under the bust that allow fabric to draw eyes vertically down
• Deep v-necks and scoop necks
• Drapy empire styles (shirts and dresses)
• Straight-leg pants will streamline your legs to your torso
• Pants with high waist & spandex stretch to help hold your middle in

PEAR | Shape: Bigger Bottom

You need to: Add volume at the top to balance your figure

• Darker colored pants, heavy-woven fabric with spandex will slenderize
• Straight cut leg draped from the widest point down
• Seams that run down the front of the leg, which create a leaner leg by “bisecting” it
• Fluted & flared skirts to “fill in” your legs
• Low waist with wide waistbands  to minimize the bottom
• Tops and blouses cut with A-line
• Low-slung tunic tops (wear the belt below your natural waistline) and ¾-length jackets and tops that stop around the knee or mid-thigh

HOURGLASS | Shape: Curves All Around

You need to: Embrace your silhouette, accentuate your curves

• Simple, solid colors will outline your curves
• Thick belts, pencil skirts, make the waist appear even smaller
• Necklines that work: wrap tops, boatneck, wide-scooped
• Pants with a flared bootcut

ATHLETIC | Shape: Straight Up & Down

You need to: Create curves with your clothing

Look for:
• Details at the bust such as ruffles, wraps and ruching―these add fullness up top
• High-waisted skirts;  should begin at the smallest part of your torso, coming up to your ribs just underneath the bust
• Bootcut pants and jeans, with a lower rise to maximum curves

 

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