One of the first questions I am asked when someone schedules a portrait session is, “What should I wear?” So, I thought I would prepare a little handy, dandy guide to help you!
“What to Wear for your Portrait Session” Guide
Here are a few suggestions/ideas on clothing, hair, etc for your portrait session. (For families, groups, headshots, and engagement sessions)
Think about your own personal style. You will feel most comfortable and your portraits will reflect you, if you choose clothes and styles that are your own. If you love sweater dresses and boots, wear your best version of that. If you are a dress pants, blouse and blazer person, then wear a version of this. Do you prefer casual or dressier? Heels, tall boots, or flats? Wear the best of your own personal style. If you aren’t comfortable in what you’ve chosen for pictures, it will show.
Start with one outfit piece that you really like. From there, build from it. Layer, layer, layer! Layers add dimension and depth. Layer your dress with a cute belt and pendant necklace. For fall and winter, add cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, and blazers, all great layering pieces.
Avoid fluorescents, and avoid whites directly near your face. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. I always recommend versions of primary colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal). White tops generally wash people out in photos, so I suggest staying away from white altogether unless it’s just an accent color. Men, if you wear a colorful tie and a jacket or vest, a white dress shirt is ok. Small checks, plaids and stripes are acceptable, just not too large and busy for group shots.
Wear clothes that fit, and fit well. Keep in mind that for pictures, too large of a shirt, or a jacket that’s falling off the shoulders looks unkempt. Choose something that fits perfectly, or even just a little bit snug. Make it look almost tailored. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers. A too-big jacket will not compliment shape. It hides hips and waist for women. Even if it’s just a little snug in the shoulders, it should lay nicely around your hips and waist, creating a tailored look.
Dress for the weather, and be flexible. Be prepared to be flexible with wardrobe, in case you have to switch it up last minute. Dress appropriately for the weather that day, even if it doesn’t go with your original plan. And you know New England weather! You need to be comfortable or you will not look relaxed. Please bring a coat or jacket that works with your outfit.
Ask a friend or loved one. They will see you better than you see yourself when trying on clothes. If he/she tells you it looks great, believe them! We’re our own worst critics.
Accentuate your best assets. If you’re self conscious about your stomach and upper arms, but like your legs, wear a shorter dress with a fitted blazer or cardigan over it. Showing off your assets, while concealing the parts you don’t like so much. Be aware of the neckline. A v-neck or crew neck is much more flattering than a turtleneck.
Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe. Wear shoes that coordinate with the outfit you choose. And men especially, please polish leather shoes.
Wear your hair how you normally would for work/evening out. No new hairstyles or haircuts. If you must have a haircut just before your session, please tell your stylist you are having your picture taken and to please trim but not drastically cut.
Make-up. Ladies, please wear make-up such as you would if you were going out in the evening. A little more concealer, foundation, eye make-up and blush than what you would regularly wear during the day is recommended. Lipstick is a must. If you don’t normally wear any color on your lips, this might seem strange but trust me on this one. All it takes is a little. You will look much more alive and vibrant with some lipstick that matches your skin tones. And please, bring your make-up and a comb or brush with you to the session for last minute touch-ups.
Thanks! Feel free to ask me any questions. And I look forward to working with you!
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Sex, politics and religion, the taboo topics at cocktails parties, at the office Christmas party and surely on a blog. I don’t think up until now I have discussed any of these…well, maybe sex once in awhile. You can check back in some of my posts and surely find that… actually maybe it was skinny-dipping but close enough. I digress..
This past weekend, my daughter and I took a quick trip to Kennebunkport to take in some of the lights and festivities in the village. She remarked it looked like “Whoville,” with all the beautiful decorations and people running around laughing and smiling all dressed in their winter best. It reminded me of two years ago when I spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s morning in Kennebunkport at the Seaside Inn, flying solo and shooting the first sunrise of the new year down on the beach. It was a reflective, wonderful experience that someday I will surely do again. It also reminded me that the next morning, before leaving town, I had stopped at St. Antony’s Franciscan Monastery to view the beautiful estate grounds covered with snow. I parked my car and walked up to the amphitheatre which held a manger scene. I noticed I had not been the only one to wander up the middle “aisle” to get a closer look. There were many other footprints in the snow.
So, as well advised, I will not discuss religion here on my blog but I will say, even though I have not set foot in a church for many, many years, I am a very spiritual woman…..and this scene moved me.
May your holiday season be filled with friends, family and a little bit of magic.
If you want to see the manger image larger, please click on it!
November came and the days turned dark and cold
The wind blew, and the chill in my bones was palpable.
The earth became quiet as it prepared to hibernate from the outer world,
and my heart slowed down a few beats to begin hibernating itself.
Thoughts turned to moving south as they always do this time of year
but somehow I just never seem to make it happen.
I listened to the furnace run and waited for the room to warm,
for my fire to glow again with Spring.
Gratefulness and love for all the help, messages, phone calls, snail mail cards, food, and patience and kindness I have been shown along this path. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and all I can feel is relief and thankfulness for all the silver linings cancer has presented.
And to those of you who are my immediate and daily support system…. Wow, just wow for your commitment to me, and for helping me keep my sense of humor!!
I did a little guest blog over with the amazingly creative and fearless women on “Fearless Lines ~ Journey of Inked Stories” today. Honored to be part of the inked sisterhood!
A beautiful weekend to all of my fearless friends!
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I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous fall day here in the Northeast but for a moment, I want to take you back to a Maine beach when summer was in full swing!
A few years back, I met these children when the younger two were in 1st grade. I have always thought they were all just beautiful and the sweetest siblings. I’ve wanted to photograph them since then. This summer I had the opportunity when their family came from the mountains of Vermont to the coast of Maine for their summer vacation at the Beach. I hadn’t seen them for several years and didn’t even know if they would remember me.
They were all just as loving to each other as I remembered, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, and their parents. Thank you, Berard family, for allowing me to share a little bit of your Maine summer memory-making with you!
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Have a lovely rest of your Sunday friends! I’m heading out into the Maine sunshine to grab some Vitamin D!
All images © Nanette Faye Photography 2014