Choose your style for you photo shoot
Style~Deciding what look what want is the easy part. Getting everyone to stay on the same page may be the hard part. We tell our clients to pick a style & stick with it. When choosing a dress code the important thing is to make sure that everyone is in the same dress code. If someone is wearing a dressy outfit and another person a t-shirt and shorts it just doesn’t go together. Make sure everyone gets the dress code memo. I often hear that studio shots need to be dressy & outside shots need to be casual. This just isn’t the case at all. There is no rule on where & when to be dressy or casual. Here is the trick, it is all about the look you want & the setting you have. Props can help set the right atmosphere as well as backdrops and what style you want to portray. Casual looks are great in studio settings as well as the outdoors and same goes with the formal look. We have some great backdrops for either a casual look or a formal look.
Simple~ When picking outfits for your photo shoot our biggest rule is keep it simple. Try to avoid patterns that overtake and would become a focus point. You don’t want any particular person to stand out more than another. Another great rule is keep in mind the style of clothes you are wearing for your photo shoot. You don’t want to wear something that will be noticeably dated in a couple years.
Comfort~ Wear what you think you look good in & feel good in. If you aren’t comfortable or don’t think you look good in a particular outfit then by all means don’t wear it to your photo shoot. The way you feel & think about yourself will show up in your images. Pick something you know you look good in. Mom’s this goes for you in picking out what your little ones will wear as well. Heaven knows that it takes all I have to get my little one to wear what I want her to wear. If your kids don’t like what they are wearing then they won’t be happy & it will show in your shots.
Here are a couple of tips for all you Moms out there: Let the kids be somewhat involved, whether it be helping to pick out a certain color or style, just be consistent with all the kids. Start with your pickiest child first then go with the next trying to keep the same theme so no one looks out of place.
Dress for the occasion~ Maybe you are needing pictures for a head shot at work, if so be sure to dress accordingly. If you want a more formal family look, dress accordingly same with the casual look. Think ahead of time what you really want the images for, scrapbook memories, wall decoration, sit on your desk at work, or give to family as gifts. Everyone has different needs & purposes in getting pictures done, ask yourself what do I want to do with the pictures & do what works for you.
Highlight best features~ For women you want to create an hour glass figure. You can do this by accenting the skinniest part of your waist by using a belt. Often time’s women try hiding their shape by wearing an A line top. We don’t recommend that as it tends to make women look bigger than they really are, even small framed women.
Lengthen neck~ Choose tops that help lengthen the neck. We typically don’t recommend turtle necks as they tend to shorten the neck. If you wear a button down shirt make sure you don’t button it all the way to the top.
Not too tight~ Wear form fitting clothes but not too snug. When you wear clothing that is a little too tight it can show off small bulges you’d rather kept hidden.
Sleeves~ We recommend normal sleeves as the cap sleeves tend to cut off at the larger part of the arm making them look larger.