Well, I’m the first to admit I’m no fashionista! But as a photographer, I see how fashion plays a pivotal role in the success of a great portrait. So, I propose the age-old question… “What to wear?”
I have three key recommendations that are 100% universal for both individuals and families. You simply can’t go wrong with…
- Being yourself: Don’t try to be someone/something you’re not. Not a jacket and tie person? Then forget it. Wouldn’t be caught dead in jeans? Then ditch them. Even if you can pull off being a Prince Harry stand in for the day or rock a Meghan Markle frock, just don’t do it if it’s not you. It may make for a dynamic image, but you don’t want people asking, “Who’s that stranger with your family?”
- Being comfortable: A great portrait shows subjects that are relaxed and approachable. You just can’t exude a sociable persona if your teeth are chattering because you didn’t dress appropriately for the season, or your feet are killing you in those fashionably exquisite shoes! Dress comfortably, be comfortable, look relaxed!
- Being smart: Don’t wear it if it doesn’t fit properly. This is great advice for everything from your undergarments to your outer garments. Clothes simply won’t be flattering if they don’t fit your body properly. Too small or too big, it doesn’t matter – give it a pass.
These three “rules” go a long way in showing the style and personality that belongs uniquely to you. And after all, you and/or your family is the star of the portrait, so I say, let it shine!
So, there you have it. It’s not a fashion revolution, but a couple of quick tips that lay the foundation for what to wear for a great portrait. If you’d like more guidance in preparing for your portrait, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.
Certified Professional Photographer