I'm getting my portrait taken one week from today! Really, it is long over due, and I'm kind of excited about it.
Yes, me on the other side of the camera is a change and I'm a bit nervous about it. There are two questions that hit me like a ton of bricks: What do I wear? and How should I do my makeup? Yep, the same questions my clients usually have for me for engagement and portrait sessions. So, time for me to put my money where my mouth is and follow my own advice.
This all leads to the subject of today's post: What should I wear?
I have two main words to describe what I think is a great portrait wardrobe: comfort and texture.
I know, you are saying in your most sarcastic voice "Oh, yeah, that's a lot of help." So, let me explain.
I put comfort first, not because I want you to wear your favorite old sweat pants and faded hoodie, but because I don't want you to pick out something that is either physically uncomfortable, or just doesn't look like you. You need to feel comfortable in your outfit. Not too tight, not an itchy material that give you hives, not something that your mom or sister would wear, and certainly not shoes that you can barely walk in because the six inch heels are completely foreign to your feet. In all likelihood, these items would not be a reflection of your own personal style.
If you are into Bozeman sleek (black from head to toe) go for it. If you are more a Montana rancher type, let your photos reflect that through your wardrobe choices. There is no right or wrong answer here.
As for texture, I come from my own photography style, and it always includes texture. It is a bit harder to express this point in words, so I'm going to show you with a couple photos - after all, as a photographer, sometimes that is my most effective form of communication!
This is Ava, who did a photo session with me last spring. She brought several outfits, all of which were amazing and full of texture. She started with the jeans and cute little shirt you see in these photos below.
The jeans are standard issue denim, which gives a hardy texture and color to any outfit. The shirt is delicate and soft, with the bit of a pattern in the over shirt, and the muted color beneath it. Layering like that almost automatically creates texture. And she added the beads. Three different textures. Then the tie in of the beads in her necklace with the beads of her adorable sandals (and the leather is yet another texture). Notice that even the hem stitching on her jeans, and the underside of the denim material as she rolled up the jeans cuff add a bit more texture. Each of these things by themselves are small, and might not be all that noticeable, but when put all together, the whole look is adorable and full of texture for her photo shoot.
Next, Ava had this cute lacy dress, with the lace creating it's own new texture for her gallery. The boots, add a contrasting but perfect texture, and she kept those same beads to help tie the whole thing together. And we made beautiful photos with this simple yet textured outfit.
For her final outfit, this print dress was full of visual texture, if not a super textured to the touch. The pleats at the waist, and the curve at the bodice top all bring more visual texture to her outfit. With the sleek sunglasses the look was amazing, visually interesting, and a perfect rounding out of her whole photo gallery.
So that is why I suggest comfort and texture for your photo shoot wardrobe
All this brings us back to what am I going to wear for my photo session next week. Well, I'm not 100% certain just yet, but here is a little sneak peek at some of the textures and comfortable clothes that I have gathered.
I can't wait to show you the results!
If you have any questions about comfortable and textured photo session wardrobes, leave a comment below or email me, I'm always excited to help you plan for success!