“We really need to update our photos, but I need to lose twenty pounds first.” “I am not photogenic.” “I hate the way I look in pictures.” “I think we are just gonna shoot photos of the kids this year.”
I hear these things from my clients all the time. It breaks my heart for so many reasons. We are all, especially women, way too hard on ourselves and we need to STOP. The person you see in the mirror is not the same person your loved ones see when they look at you. They see a beautiful, vibrant, amazing human being who they love madly, flaws and all.
What I want for you to see when you look at your images is the incredible beauty of your spirit and heart that shines through your eyes. The way your laugh lights up your face. The love shared between you and your loved ones.
Exist in photos. It is a gift to those that love you. It just may also be an unexpected gift to you.
One of the most common questions I get from clients is, "What should I/we wear for our portrait session?" This is an important question, as the wardrobe you choose has a definite impact on the portraits we will capture together. I have some tips below to keep in mind as you are making clothing selections. Please know that I am here to help you plan the look you want so that these images capture the best of who you are, look fabulous, and make you smile every time you see them.
So, here are some things to keep in mind:
• Wear something that not only looks great, but also makes you feel great. The more confident you feel in an outfit, the more relaxed you will be in front of the camera.• For family portraits, dark colors work best. They highlight skin and hair tones and make eyes pop. White shirts really only look great at the beach. • It is NOT necessary to match! You want the outfits to look great together and coordinate. Use colors that complement each other, and try to stick to a palette of three colors or so if you can.• For seniors, anything goes color wise, but make sure what people will notice first is YOU, not your outfit.• Don't be afraid of texture and layers! Jackets, vests, scarves, etc. look great and add interest to a portrait. Hats can be fun for an individual portrait.• Long sleeves work best for most people. Very few of us love the way our bare arms look in a photograph. With sleeveless, consider adding a wrap or layer of some kind as an option.• Dark shoes are best - No white sneakers! :) • Same goes for socks. Guys, we WILL see your socks at some point, no matter what you think won't happen. Trust me on this. ;)• Check your nails. Chipped polish will show. Neutrals are best if you have polished nails.• Hair should be clean and smooth (that doesn’t mean straight), and makeup should define and enhance your features. A good rule of thumb is to wear what you would normally wear with a bit more definition.
If you would like some great visual examples, check out the galleries in my portfolio here on the site, as well as my Pinterest pages: