Portrait Clothing Recommendations, What should I wear and why?

August 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Portrait Photographers in Kansas City In keeping with the theme of Senior and Family Portrait's, I thought I would Post a few ideas about some of the do's and don'ts of what a Client should wear during a Portrait Session. There really are a few tips that can make a big difference in the quality of photo's, and since we all want quality photo's , why not pass along some ideas about what to wear. 

 

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1. Wear solid colored clothing: This is so that we see all of the faces in the picture and no one person stands out. If you or anyone else in your party wears stripes or flowers, then one or more of you will stand out from the others in the group, We don't want that.

  • What to wear in Senior Portraits

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2. Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued: We want you as the subject of the photograph, not your clothes in a group portrait. In a single person photograph you can afford to be a little more daring as there is only one person in the photo. Remember, bright colors project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows) so go easy on these colors.

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  • 3. Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light): This is so that one half of you doesn’t look bigger than the other. White top, dark pants will tend to make your top look bigger, While white pants and dark top will do just the opposite.

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  • 4. Choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait: I would recommend ones with similar tones work well together and have everyone stay within that colour palette if possible. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones. You could also go with tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones. Let's remember it's the people we want to notice first.

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  • 5. Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow: This one you may be asking why about, (it's 100 degrees out here!) The thing you may not realize is your arms show a lot more surface area (skin), than your face and this can draw attention away from your face, while also making your arms look bigger.  

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  • 6. Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt at about knee level for ladies: This is so that your legs don't take attention away from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without being uncomfortable and showing too much leg.

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  • 7. Choose dark socks and footwear: White just sticks out like a sore thumb and will definitely take the attention away from the subject.

  • Senior Portraits in Kansas City

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  • 8. Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic: Once again too much Jewelry will tend to draw attention away from your face.

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  • 9. When getting a new haircut or having your hair done make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session: Most people probably already know this but I thought I would just throw it out there as a reminder. Its always a good idea to allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session. 

 


 

 


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