A lot of times, after booking a shoot with clients, one of the first questions that comes up is:
"What should I wear?"
Let me assure you, I'm not assuming to be any fashionista of any kind, but I AM someone who views angles and aesthetics through the camera lens pretty often, so here's some thoughts on things I've noticed. I'm sure most of us have heard the statement "The camera adds ten pounds!", and I'm here to tell you that that actually does NOT have to be the case. A lot of factors go into the that "ten pounds", one of which is clothing.
Additionally, I've noticed that clothing really plays into the quality of a photo, based on how well it blends or juxtaposes with its environment or how the colors and textures of an ensemble can communicate different moods. To illustrate some helpful points, I recently did a style shoot to point out elements of clothing that lend to various looks: black-tie, classic, romantic, and artsy.
- Think clean lines and dramatic silhouettes.
- Aim for monochromatic ensembles, this will help keep your silhouette long and tall.
- Go for darker colors and/or bright white for a more striking effect.
- Aim for tried and true color combinations like navy+coral+white or light neutrals. (Nude almond toe pumps will always be your best friend, girls)
- Go for business casual--but have more fun with it! Brighter colors and strappy sandals are totally allowed.
- Keep a classic silhouette, for example, button downs and dress pants + a-line dresses.
- Pick pastels or softer colors.
- Focus on interesting textures such as lace or linen and add accessories, like this hat, that will add dimension to your silhouette.
- For girls, pick materials with a lot of movement; this will lend to the whimsical romantic look.
- Pick earthy colors and darker neutrals.
- Focus on interesting textures and unique statement pieces.
- Keep your silhouette flattering with various clothing layers, but be careful not to lose your natural waistline in the process.