The most common question people ask about their portrait session is, "What should we wear?" Here are three simple steps to putting together a wardrobe for your portrait session.
DECIDE ON A COLOR PALETTE
Find inspiration for your color palette from the colors in your home's decor, your session location or from the clothes you already wear. Use complementary colors for a bold, colorful palette or similar colors for a harmonious, monochromatic palette. Light colors, whites and pastels reflect light beautifully and look gorgeous on film.
CREATE YOUR OUTFITS
Create your outfits from this palette. Be sure to vary the weight, textures, patterns and hues of the pieces of your wardrobe and add accessories for visual interest. Lay out outfits to look at them as a whole. If a piece stands out noticeably from the rest, replace it with something that blends or go bold and add a coordinating statement piece to the rest of the outfits.
TIP: Sites like ShopStyle and Polyvore make it easy to shop several stores at once for wardrobe pieces. If you want high-end style but budget is a concern, consider sites like Rent the Runway that allow you to rent beautiful dresses and accessories for a fraction of the cost of buying them. This is a great resource for engagement and anniversary sessions.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS
Polish shoes, fingernails and toenails. Socks should be closest to the color of your pants. Guys should be shaven if they often are. Groom eyebrows and consider professional hair and makeup. Brides, this is a perfect time for a wedding-day hair and makeup run-through!
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
- Avoid graphic tees that steal attention away from your face and the connection we're trying to capture in your photos.
- Avoid Super-bright colors that reflect onto your face and make your skin look unnatural.
- Avoid matching too much. Let your personalities shine through. That's the point of your portrait session, after all.
For some examples of what to wear for your portrait session, see my What to Wear board on Pinterest.