Updated: Jun 23
The selection of proper clothing for your portrait is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful portrait. If the clothing is noticeable or overbearing in a portrait, it could easily become a distraction. Clothing that does not attract attention to itself is the ultimate goal. It could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture. You may be asked to change your clothing selection before I take your portraits if you do not follow these basic guidelines.
Dark clothing tends to slenderize. Darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background, so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. Dark colors definitely tend to slenderize the subject.
Tone down bright colors. Bright colors attract attention away from the face and may be reflective. Avoid wearing red, bright pink, bright green etc. When choosing lighter colors, stick to pastels, but avoid pink tones. Pale yellow and pale blue work well, especially with jeans or khaki pants. These colors work great in nature for example, if you have a sunset photography session booked in.
Light clothing can look beautifully fresh. If you are worried about not appearing slender then it is safer to avoid white. White can look beautifully simple and fresh. White shirts and/or blouses under a dark jacket are perfect.
Prints and patterns are a definite NO. This includes logos. Avoid prints of any kind and patterns. No matter how small the print or the pattern, it will become a distraction. In the case of digital portraits, in particular, small patterns in clothing (even a small herring-bone or checkered pattern) can cause terrible distortions to appear in the portrait that are not originally there.
Avoid short sleeve clothing and short pants. Long sleeved clothing is a MUST! For casual portraits it is equally important to wear long pants instead of shorts. When arms and legs are exposed to the camera there will be more flesh in the photograph in those areas than on the face, itself. This is a major distraction.
Don’t over accessories! Overbearing or heavily noticeable accessories can be a major distraction. Simple and minimal works best.
Glasses. Eye glasses may or may not be worn. Non-reflective lenses, of course, are a big help. Better yet, sometimes it’s possible to obtain a matching set of frames without any lenses. This is particularly helpful, if your lenses sometimes distort the outline of your face.
For him: ( Photo Shoot)
Dads, it's your time to shine and show off your dashing charm in the family portraits. Here are a couple of fashion recommendations to help you strike the perfect balance between casual and classy:
Crisp and Polished: A well-fitted button-down shirt paired with tailored trousers or chinos is a timeless choice. Consider complementing your outfit with a blazer for a touch of sophistication. Complete the look with smart leather shoes and a confident smile.
Casual Cool: Opt for a stylish polo shirt or a well-fitting t-shirt paired with dark jeans or khaki pants. Add a casual jacket or a trendy cardigan for a laid-back yet put-together look. Don't forget comfortable shoes, as you might be running around and playing with your little ones during the shoot.
It's best to keep patterns to a minimum and avoid logos. If you have graying hair, it may be a good idea to wear darker colors that contrast with your lighter hair to avoid looking washed out. In general, solid colors are better than patterns, and it's best to avoid pastels if you have a light skin tone as they may wash you out in the studio lights. When in doubt, bring one light neutral color (such as cream, beige, or white), one dark neutral color (such as black, brown, or gray), and one bright color option. Keep in mind that the studio background is typically gray or white, so your outfit should contrast with one of those colors. As we age, lighter colors may be more flattering and fresh than all black as darker colors near the face can draw attention to wrinkles.
When it comes to selecting the ideal outfit for mum, aim for something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Remember, you want to showcase your radiant personality while harmonizing with the overall theme and setting of the photoshoot. Here are a few suggestions to inspire your wardrobe choice:
Timeless Elegance: A flowing maxi dress in soft pastel hues or floral prints exudes a timeless elegance. Accessorize with delicate jewelry and opt for loose curls or a simple updo to complete the look.
Casual Chic: Embrace a more relaxed vibe by pairing fitted jeans with a stylish blouse or a cute sundress. Choose light and breathable fabrics to beat the Malaysian heat, and don't forget to bring along a vibrant scarf or hat for added flair.
Tip. Lay out all the clothing onto a bed. Shoes, socks, stockings – everything should be included…shoes, too! Then, take a careful look at the collection. If your eye goes to any one item in particular, you can be certain that the same thing will happen in a photograph. That item should be changed. Clothing should not be too tight or too loose.
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