What To Wear in my photo Shoot

Business Head Shots

  • Pick an outfit you’d wear to an interview or an important presentation
  • Choose solid colored clothing over bold patterns; textures and simple patterns are okay
  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)
  • For group portraits choose 1-3 colors, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones. OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones
  • Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow
  • Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt at or below the knee for ladies
  • If we’re shooting full body choose dark socks and footwear
  • Make sure your nails are clean and clipped/filed to an even length, color complements all your clothing colors and styles
  • Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes
  • If you wear glasses all the time you’ll want to wear them for your portrait
  • It is not recommended to wear all white or all black.
  • Avoid shiny clothing, turtlenecks

MEN

  •  Standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
  •  A casual business look is often a jacket & open dress shirt, shirt & tie (no jacket), or plain dress shirt
  • Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses
  • No-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone

WOMEN

  • Different necklines will change the shape and appearance of your face. Know what looks good on you
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses – ideally darker than your skin tone
  • Wear your make-up slightly heavier than normal but keep it clean and natural. We will touch you up right before we shoot to add any additional contouring or color as necessary so you don’t look washed out.
  • Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot (let it grow-in a bit to get used to styling a new cut)
  • Keep jewelry simple, classic

Families & Groups

  • Solid colored clothing is recommended and work best, however, if patterns are desired keep them simple and try not to mix too many patterns in one look, avoid bold stripes and plaid. Textures however, are really nice, such as tweed, denim, knit sweaters.
  • Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued over bright colors. Also avoid everyone wearing all black or all white.
  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)
  • Choose 2-3 colors for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark tones. OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.
  • Mix up your colors: avoid coordinating everyone to wear the same color tops and same color bottoms. Instead imagine Mom wears khaki skirt, olive green tank and denim jacket, Dad wears denim jeans, khaki shirt and olive green shoes, etc.
  • I recommended tops with sleeves; short sleeves, to the elbow, or long.
  • Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt slightly above or below the knee for ladies
  • For men and boys dark socks and footwear is recommended over sandals (unless it’s a summery or barefoot photo on the beach)
  • Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic.
  • Think of the overall feel you want to portray. Dress for the location we’ll be photographing you in. Rustic barn, more casual, an elegant lobby is more formal.

General Tips

OTHER TIPS:

  • Glasses: If you don’t wear your glasses all the time I would suggest just not wearing them. If you do most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses.
  • Complexion: We retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. We have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay.
  • Weather: Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. On the other hand falling rain is an issue and we have to reschedule.
  • Braces: If desired, we can remove braces in Photoshop for an extra charge. Otherwise, try not to worry about them. Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them.
  • Shaving: For men, please come to your session cleanly shaved unless that is a look you want. Retouching stubble costs extra and won’t look as good as a clean shave.
  • Hair: If you are due for a full cut or are trying a new hairdo it is best to get it done at least two weeks before your session. However, If you have longer hair, make sure it will stay out of your eyes during your session. Have it trimmed back a little if necessary.
  • Avoid getting too much sun that will result in tan lines (which are hard to touchup). If tan lines are unavoidable, wear clothing that will cover them.
  • If you think of any other questions you wish to ask me please don’t hesitate to email me or give me a call.

THE NIGHT BEFORE

  • Have all your wardrobe ready to go the night before so your are not rushed going to your photo shoot
  • Make sure everything is ironed and put on hangers. It is recommended to put your wardrobe in a garment bag
  • Get plenty of rest. If you are the type that performs best with 8 hours then plan a full nights sleep
  • Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated will improve skin texture