What to wear?

Here are some clothing suggestions for your portrait photography session.

 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.

 Dark clothing tends to make you appear more slender. Darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background, so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph.

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.

 Light clothing can look beautifully fresh. If you are worried about not appearing slender, then it is safer to avoid white. White can look 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 can cause distortions to appear in the portrait that are not originally there.

Avoid short sleeve clothing and short pants
Long sleeved clothing is highly recommended. For casual portraits, it is equally important to wear long pants. 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.

Limit the accessories. Overbearing or heavily noticeable accessories can be a major distraction. Simple and minimal works best.

 Eye glasses are optional. Non-reflective lenses, of course, are a big help. 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.

Hair styles should be simple and must be off the face. Hair falling onto the sides of the face create distracting shadows.

Proper necklines
The most flattering neckline for anyone is something that comes up close to the neck. A wide-open neckline tends to thicken the neck in a photograph. A neckline that comes up to the base of the neck, such as a turtleneck or v-neck top, is the most flattering. It tends to slim down the person and frames the face beautifully.

Group and family sessions
Keep you clothing simple and coordinated. It must be carefully selected to blend the bodies together. Avoid loud or busy patterns and large logos. Solid colors are best. First, decide whether the basic tone of the clothing will be warm-toned (browns, etc.) or cool-toned (blues, grays, blacks, etc.). Keeping a group in similar colors focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals. Dissimilar colors in groups tend to be more distracting.