Your wedding - all the questions you wanted to ask me
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Engagement session - what to expect?
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What to wear for your portrait session?
July 9, 2016
What to wear for your portrait/headshot session?
I am often asked about clothes for sessions, here is a little bit of advice and some suggestions on what to wear for your headshot/portrait session.
Firstly, I always recommend choosing something fairly comfortable, something that fits well (not too loose, not too tight), and at the same time, something you like. The reason for that is not only physical comfort, but also, mainly, your self-confidence and emotional comfort. Having your picture taken can be stressful for many, so no need to add any discomfort to that! You will just feel more confident and it will transfer to taking a better picture.
Secondly, think about the look you are trying to achieve. For example, if you are taking professional head shots and you are in banking industry, you are trying to show your serious office side, reliable, professional, hardworking, knowledgeable - pick a few! This will define your outfit - probably a blazer is a must for both ladies and men, tie is very likely needed, the tones of the shirt are pastels and conservative. However, please take into account colour combinations - for example, black blazer, white shirt and black tie are often perceived as waiter's uniform - try to stay away from this stereotype.
Thirdly, you may have heard that small patterns are not good for the camera. It is true - try to stay away from very narrow stripes or any other small busy repetitive pattern (flowers, checks etc). Solid colors are much better!
also, for head shots and portraits we'll likely be shooting upper body only. So you could definitely relax on your footwear, as it shouldn't be in the picture.
Finally, in terms of actual items of clothes, here are some ideas for you (keep in mind an image you are trying to create). For ladies, here are a few suggestions: - classy shirt and a blazer - business dress and a blazer (or not) - shirt and a pullover on top
Watch your neck line for it not to be too low, however, high neck sweaters are usually overpowering too. Also, watch for texture - thick wool sweater with covered neck will likely not work, but thin cashmere might work perfectly if combined with a blazer and complimenting jewelry.
Always watch for jewelry and accessorize - make sure you are wearing something that goes well together and is in style with the rest of your outfit. For example, large hoop earrings won't go well with classy diamond pendant. Also, pearls and diamonds are not good together either - pick one and be consistent. Scarfs are tricky too - they may dominate your wardrobe in headshot setting - be careful with colors and patterns not to overload the image.
For gentlemen, here are a couple of combinations to consider: - a suit (blazer)+shirt+tie (or bow tie if it fits the profile and you are comfortable wearing it), - a shirt and a pullover for a bit of a casual look. You could also add a tie if you feel like it. - a shirt and a vest (optionally with a tie as well) - for someone of artsy background - go as creative as you like, with t-shirts, scarfs, hats etc. try to avoid something too sporty, like baseball hats or workout tops, unless you are an athlete and that is what you are trying to showcase in your portrait.
If you are unsure what to wear, feel free to take a few pictures of the outfits you are considering and I am happy to offer you my recommendation.
For online dating profile sessions you may consider bringing a few outfits for variety of images. Also, very likely we'll take a few full body shots, so think about putting together a complete outfit, including shoes. You'll likely be looking for more casual styled outfits to show 'every day', 'real' you (but better, of course!)