Friday, August 28, 2009

What to wear: Senior Ladies' Edition

What you wear to your session can MAKE or BREAK your photos. Your clothing choices add to the "mood" of your portrait just as much as location and expression!

When choosing your senior session wardrobe, here are a few tips to follow.

• A standard senior session includes 3 outfits – the one you wear when you show up, and two changes. If you would like more wardrobe changes, please add $15 per change to your session fee. This will include up to an extra ½ hour shooting time allotment above and beyond your three hours, if necessary. If you wish to bring your prom dress, I will include a few photos of you in it in addition to the 3 wardrobe changes at no extra charge. (Don’t forget the heels!) Prom dresses look pretty cool in studio shots, but can also add a real boost to a less-traditional shoot, such as the “Urban Edge” session.

• Can’t decide what to wear? Bring lots of wardrobe choices, and between the two of us, we'll make sure you look your absolute best! You'll want to wear what you normally wear, but "kicked up a notch". Add some funky jewelry, a hat, leggings, a scarf, a belt, or some other accessory. Just be sure that the accessory is not so loud that it distracts from you. (Don’t worry… wardrobe choosing time will not cut into your 3 hour time allotment.)

• Mix up your clothing from dressy to casual – Fun stuff you’d wear to hang out with friends (jeans!), and something sophisticated that will work well for sending a photo in with your college applications. Vary the style – perhaps a long-sleeved shirt for studio shots, jeans and a cute top, and a cute sundress. Be sure to run your choices by mom and dad, or you might end up with photos you love that they won’t order for you.

• Be sure to bring along shoes to match each outfit.

• Try your clothing on in advance to be sure it fits comfortably and is flattering. Make sure each piece of clothing is clean and wrinkle-free. Carry your clothing on hangers to avoid them looking less pleasing when you arrive. If you are bringing accessories for specific outfits, I recommend putting the accessories in a Ziploc bag and hanging it on the hanger so that you can change more quickly.

• Regarding clothing colors; white is not actually the best color to wear, indoors or out. It tends to create a washed-out look at times. (I would, however, recommend white for sunset beach photos.) Dark colors are slimming and are perfect for studio shots. If you are having photos taken outdoors, wear a solid color or something with a splash of color to it for a nice contrast in your photos. Bring a variety of colors – not 3 blue outfits. The backdrops I currently offer are: black, blue, wine, brown, grey, and blue/brown.

• Avoid horizontal stripes, loud patterns, sleeveless shirts, and shirts with writing on the front. Remember…those labels that are cool now, may not be so much ten years from now. Solid colors work best; especially for studio portraits. We want the clothes to accent you; not the other way around.

• If you intend to wear a “strappy” dress or light-colored clothing, be sure to wear or bring the appropriate undergarments that will not show in your photos.

• Do not wear baggy clothing that may give the appearance that you are larger than you really are. (This applies to loose-fitting sundresses, too, ladies.)

• Do not wear tight clothing that you are uncomfortable in, as you may not be able to do certain poses this way. Also, a short skirt can really limit the variety of poses that you will be able to do.

• Remember that during outdoor sessions in particular locations, there may not be a place for you to change your clothes, so plan accordingly (wear clothes that you can layer).


Deb said...

Love these tips...what great suggestions.