Friday, February 6, 2009

What to Wear...

I am usually asked for ideas regarding what to wear for a photo session. There's no need to run out and buy new outfits for everyone, but a little thought can be fun and make a difference in your portraits. So, here's a list of tips to keep in mind when you are choosing clothing.

1.) Add texture. By this I mean layers (a sweater over a button down shirt, jackets, layered tees), denim, knitted scarves and hats, tutus, corduroy. Texture adds an element of interest to a photograph.

2.) Keep it simple. Solid colors or simple patterns. Bold patterns distract from what's really important...your family.

3.) Avoid solid white or black clothing. Tricky to photograph, not very interesting.

4.) Avoid logos and anything else that might be distracting and date a photograph. A little trendy is ok...just don't over-do it. Remember those photos of us from back in the 80's...yeah.

5.) If I'm taking photos of your whole family, you don't have to match exactly, but similar clothing is great. One element that ties everyone together works. For example, everyone can wear jeans and a T-shirt of a different color.

6.) If I'm just photographing your children, it's not important for them to match. It's great to let their unique personalities come through.

If you aren't sure, feel free to bring a few things and we can decide together. One change of clothes during the session is fine. More than that and kids tend to get impatient. Extra clothing is always a good idea with children in case something gets messed up ;).

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