Thursday, July 28, 2011

What to wear for a photo shoot

This is a question I get ALL the time- "Do you have any suggestions of what to wear for our engagement/family/senior photo shoot?"

I myself am DEFINITELY not a fashion diva. I'm one of those low-maintenance gals, who is happiest in jeans. But, after much editing, I've learned what looks good in pictures and how to hire people who are great at fashion. :)

So, here are some little tips about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for getting ready for your pictures. The Good (what looks good and photographs well,) the Bad (what tends to look kinda bad and is more difficult to balance in a photo) and the Ugly (things that are just plain unflattering and should be avoided.)

First, as a rule, bring at least 2-3 different outfits, wear more makeup than you normally would, and fix your hair. Eyeliner makes your eyes really pop. Consider professional hair and makeup.

The Good:
*Complementary colors.
*Accessories, like scarves, necklaces, colored shoes, umbrellas
*Textures and layers to add dimension in the picture.
*Dresses! For some reason, dresses seem to make every girl look her best.
*Your favorite jeans. 
*Freshly cut/colored hair
*Props, but not too many. Let yourself shine in the pictures!'

The Bad:
*Neon or bright colors, unless you are a bold personality.
*All white or matching white shirts, unless you are a traditional soul. 
*Wrinkled clothing- Wrinkles DO show in pictures.
*Loose t-shirts-  they're quite unflattering. However, fitted, t-shirts can work for the ladies.

The Ugly: (things to avoid)
*If you feel like your arms are larger, cover them - avoid sleeveless shirts.
*If you are well-endowed on your top half, cover those girls up a little! Avoid strapless unless you love your arms and shoulders.
*Showing too much skin. I like to take some flattering pics, but I want to produce at least a couple pictures that you'd be proud to send your grandmother. 

Check out my Pinterest boards for more updated pictures of what to wear.

Engagement Pinterest Board
Senior Pinterest board
Families Pinterest board

Hopefully this helps! If you have specific questions, give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Emily Folk, Trey, & Festus

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