Wardrobe Tips –
Dress: As a general rule, wear solid colors, as stripes and patterns draw attention away from your face. Avoid wearing turtlenecks and large loose clothing, as these often make the neck seem nonexistent and the body seem wider than it is. Shorts or capris have a tendency to make legs appear shorter than they are.
Colors: Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate, but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph. Darker colors will cause the subject(s) to appear thinner while lighter colors will cause the subject(s) to appear larger. Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor a portrait. When choosing color schemes, consider not only what looks best on you, but also what colors will look best in wall portraits and complement your home’s décor.
Accessories: Keep it to a minimum. Avoid hats, hair ornaments, and sparkly or costume jewelry unless it does not distract from the main subject, you.
Footwear: Avoid running shoes, white socks and heavy footwear. Also, consider fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos.
Props: Props help showcase your personality. Some examples of props could be musical instruments and sports equipment.
In general, you should bring at least two to three different outfits to the shoot and we can help you decide what would be most appropriate.
Posing Tips –
- Straight back. One of the most crucial elements to looking your best in your photos is to ensure proper posture. Whenever possible, avoid slouching and sagging. Have your back nice and straight and you will look great.
- Limbs off the body. The saying of “the camera adds 10 pounds” is directly related to this. Arms should never be pressed up against your torso, it causes them to squish and look bigger than they actually are. You want to aim to have them at least a few inches off your body as much as possible.
Forehead out, chin down. Just like the arms, the chin can sometimes be your enemy and double up on you. While you may have head a photographer in the past instruct for “chin up or chin down” the real trick is actually sticking your forehead forward (almost as in the early stage of a headbutt).. This may sound confusing..but we’ll help walk you through it.
Don’t say “Cheese”. This is probably one of the biggest reprograming that everyone has to do. Every time we’re photographed we mentally say “cheese” to ourselves like when we were children. This however activates the wrong facial muscles and gives a very forced and unnatural smile. If you must focus on a word, the word “Cheeks” activates better muscles and is a much more natural look.
Kissing – At many points in the session, there will be a time where you’ll be asked to kiss. Fortunately we don’t get to see ourselves from an outside perspective when kissing... There’s a lot of facial parts being absolutely smushed together. When you kiss for camera, you just basically want to feel your partner’s lips gently.