What you wear for a photo shoot can make or break your pictures. If you are going in for a family photo and everyone is wearing neutrals, do not wear neon plaid. Believe me… IT HAPPENS. I am not saying that the whole family has to go buy matching outfits, but if everyone stays within a group of colors, your photos will look cohesive and not too matchy matchy. If you are going in for individual photos, things are a little different. BE YOURSELF. Wear something you like that fits well. Here are some helpful hints for what to wear during your shoot…
Make sure you clothes fit. If what you picked is too tight or loose, it will show up times ten when photographed
Short or 3/4 length sleeves look best. Tank tops/ tub tops are not very flattering in photos no matter what your body type.
Bring additional outfits if you are not sure. Let your photographer tell you what will look best. Believe me, they will know what will photograph well.
Stay away from trends. Wear something that is timeless, so that you won’t look back in 10+ years and laugh. Stirrup pants with tube socks may have looked good a one point, but I’m not sure they are timeless 😉
Use accessories to dress up your outfit. Families can use accessories to pull colors together (Dad might wear khakies and a green paid shirt, while Mom wears a white dress with a green necklace or scarf and the kids have a neutral dress with green accents). Accessories can style up a timeless outfit.
Do not experiment with a new hairstyle or makeup for your photos. This will come back to bite you in the end. You want the photos to look like you, so don’t go crazy.
Do not get a haircut right before your session.
Make sure nails are polished… ALL THE WAY. Your hands/ feet might show… Enough said.
DO NOT WEAR A WHITE BRA UNDER A BLACK SHIRT. It may not show in the mirror, but when photographed light will reflect right through your shirt. This goes the same for a white shirt and color/black bra.
DO NOT WEAR CLOTHES THAT STEAL THE SHOW. When looking at a portrait, you eye should be drawn to the subject, not his or her neon shirt. NEON REDS AND ORANGES photograph especially badly.
Avoid glass glare. If you wear glasses that produce a lot of glare, have the lenses taken out. For Thomas & Thomas clients, Dr. Kelly 440-835-1139 in Bay Village will remove and replace your lenses at no charge. If you wear glasses all of the time, your photos will not look right without them, but too much glass glare can distract from the session.
BE YOURSELF. For individual photos especially, wear clothes that you feel comfortable in. If you are wearing something that is not you or is uncomfortable, it will show in your photos.