People often ask me what they should wear to a photo shoot, so I put together a list of suggestions. Obviously, these are not hard and fast rules, and there are always exceptions. However, in my experience as a photographer, I have seen trends in things that work, and things that don’t. Also, don’t be afraid to look at others’ photos to get a sense of the style you’re looking for. I love it when clients have creative ideas for their photos!
Tips for your photo shoot
Wear solid colors or understated prints - so we see your face, you are the focus of the photos!
Muted and subdued tones are always flattering. Bright colors can make people appear wider than they really are.
If you’re doing a group portrait, decide on 2-3 colors for the members of the group to choose from. It gives a nice, cohesive look to the portraits. Choose colors that compliment each other, like dark blue, forest green, and burgundy, or grey, black, and denim jeans.
Pick outfits that aren’t considered too trendy, so they will be able to be enjoyed and displayed for many years to come. And try to pick outfits that really reflect who you are. The more comfortable you are in your clothing, the better you will look!
Long pants or skirts that fall below the knee are more comfortable during a shoot. You won’t be worried about things hiking up when you sit down.
Keep jewelry simple because it can draw too much attention away from your face.
Tops with sleeves that come at least to the elbow are flattering on everyone.
Iron your shirt/dress, especially if it’s new! Those fold lines and wrinkles will draw attention away from your face.
If you’re planning on getting a haircut before your shoot, schedule it about 2 weeks before your session. It will give you time to settle in to your new cut or style.
Wear your hair the way you’d normally have it while wearing the clothes you’ve chosen for your shoot - because your portrait will be more timeless, and represent who you are more closely, not just what you look like.
Avoid using heavy makeup. Instead, a bit of color on your lips, eyes, and cheeks will accent your natural beauty.
Keep the weather/season in mind when choosing your outfits. It can get extremely hot in Texas, and you don’t want to be uncomfortable during your session. Layering can give you some options if you aren’t certain about the weather.
Do you offer prints? -Yes! I do offer a number of packages, and a la carte options for prints. The prices can be found on my Sessions page.
What style of photography do you specialize in? -I specialize in natural light photography, but I am equally comfortable doing posed portraits or candid/documentary style photos.
How long have you been taking photos? -As a young child, I would take my point and shoot into the back yard at sunset and use a spray bottle to mist our roses, hoping for a greeting card-like shot:) I got into photography seriously about 18 years ago.
What drew you to photography? -I think capturing life's real moments is important. Not just the big, exciting moments, but also the everyday moments that we often overlook. I wanted to hold those moments in my hand, and save them for the future. Photography allows me to help people do that.
Do you have more examples of your work online? -Yes! I have a Facebook page where I post photos from recent shoots.
Do you ever run specials? -Yes, absolutely. Like my Facebook page to keep up to date with my latest offers:)