Five helpful tips to get you thinking about what to wear for your photoshoot.
You know the moment you start emptying the wardrobe onto the bedroom floor because you feel like you do not have anything that looks flattering on camera? It’s an experience most people will have gone through. But don’t worry, there are clothes in there that will make you appear more photogenic (some will not). So here’s a few tip to make you feel better in photographs. I want you to feel comfortable when you come to me and this will help.
Everybody knows that horizontal stripes will make you look wider, and a little more stocky I’m fairly short so I avoid these some times, especially on camera it’s fact. This doesn’t mean that you have to stay away from stripes forever. It’s all about the angle, always from a sideways perspective, so the stripes don’t look as full on and wide as they would from straight on. To help reduce the weight of the horizontal lines, how about opting for a black striped outfit, using blacks natural slimming effect. As many cases busy background can help heaps to offset the stripes more so than a studio plain white, so if you see a quirky location with rustic brick wall or some natural foliage with beautiful flowers, let’s get creative.
Prints can stand out on camera with awesome effect. The majority of prints like plaid, animal and floral ensure that you create a strong presence in the pictures. As you can imagine, it does have flaws, print can often work best if the background is fairly simple, overly busy backgrounds if you are wearing an bold print, will create a dizzying impact. You may not be keen on full-body prints, but you could bring in just a touch of print by accessorising with a print scarf instead.
Which brings us to…
Sometimes if you dressed in minimal hues or in something simple you can almost blend into the background. Something as easy as adding a key accessory like a hat, such as a wide brim hat, a floppy hat or a beanie. They command attention and will bring focus in to you, making it the perfect accessory to set off a previously bare outfit. Hats may not be your thing, so why not try adding a chunky piece of jewellery instead, like a pair of gorgeous sunnies or a cuff.
This tip is specially for winter, as it’s pretty much here now. This is when it becomes necessary to add a few more layers to your outfit to escape the cold, more so if we’re shooting outdoors and there’s nothing wrong with an outdoor location shoot in winter, it’s still beautiful out there. Structured jackets such as boxy vests, fitted trench coats, and sharp blazers, help reduce the weight of thick winter layering you may be wearing, like knits or thermal wear. A fitted jacket ensures that the outline of your figure is shown perfectly. b
Big baggy or ill-fitted coats can look messy on camera.
Bodycon dresses may look great in real life, but photographically, they often result in their wearers looking like they’re being suffocated by a dress a size too small. The flowing material of a maxi dress is very flattering on camera, on location will specially stand out if a breeze is present. (Hey we can turn a fan on if in the studio) one problem that can be found (for loose maxi dresses) but cured is shapelessness, to avoid this, cinch in the waist with a belt both wide statement belts and skinny belts look amazing.
Well I hope there were a couple of thing there to help and as you can see, you don’t have to come to your shoot all dressed in white shirts and blue jeans (like many photographers will tell you). Be a little out there and empty your wardrobe onto the floor, you have it in there!