The following is a style guide to help you get the very best photos from your session! This is designed for more formal looking, clean, sharp images.
Plan 1 outfit for mini sessions, with a possible quick wardrobe adaptation such as a sweater/jacket/tie/accessory switch-up, 1 to 2 outfits for an hour session and possibly a 3rd for 2+ hour sessions (the 3rd outfit is definitely optional and not necessary but can be fun if you have something in mind). Switching out tops with the same jeans/bottoms is also an easy change.
A 3rd look for senior/grad sessions can also represent your school (jersey, sports-wear) for something more casual, or something more trendy/playful that represents your style.
I recommend bringing a bottle of water for your session, a comfy change of shoes if you are wearing heels with your outfit (not fun walking in those on campus or around town or adventuring to locations!) and your extra outfit(s) if you choose.
The Portrait Session Style Guide
What Every Client Needs to Know
I’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your photos, and by the time you’ve read through this guide, you’ll hopefully have all your questions answered and feel more than ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever! I can’t wait!
Style Tips: FOR HER
Don’t Be Afraid to Dress It Up
Have you thought about rocking a romantic gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! Few ladies don’t love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent piece (or two!) into their closet!
Say Yes to the Dress
Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! (I highly recommend spanks or shorts under short dresses for ease of outfit changes, and both poses and wind that may flash the public. )
When choosing colors for your outfits, we recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your face. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
For a grad session, I highly recommend a black or white dress because it looks amazing with WSU colors, with the yolk on top and as an alternative to the bulky full grad gown for at least some of the photos with cap and yolk.
CHECK THIS OUT for ideas on dresses you might might opt for as a senior/grad –> https://www.pinterest.com/tiffanyj2009/pretties-session-style
or this for longer pretty dresses for a portrait session: https://www.pinterest.com/tiffanyj2009/modest-beauty-what-to-wear/
For your Second or 3rd outfit:
You may incorporate something with your school’s logo here but I definitely recommend at least one outfit that really shows off your style and represents who you are: whether that is shorts, jeans or a skirt, cute top, sweater or tee, Keds, Converse or heels. Do some inspiration searching on Instagram or Pinterest from your favorite people, celebs or brands. Whatever you choose, this is your chance to stand out!
Flattering Your Features
Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toed heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference!
Make a Statement
Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images, and be a nice tie-in when you’re coordinating with a group. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photos, while the smaller, delicate ones are not as noticeable on camera.Hats, belts, bracelets and earrings bring great visual interest, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention.
Fashion Tips: For Him
The Best Fit
Long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated looks for men. It’s best to leave the shorts and sandals at home, as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants or fitted colored pants work best on camera. Nice jeans are great too. I also recommend staying away from graphics and logos unless you would like to wear something to represent the school you is graduating from.
Layers on men look great on camera, so even when it’s hot outside, trust us when we say that it’s worth an hour or two of discomfort for photos that everyone will love. Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos. Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look. If the temperature permits, you could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!
It’s All in the Details
Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether you’re wearing a full suit, or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any outfit for men and boys alike.
Other types of dress shoes are great as well or express your unique style with a trendy type of shoe that is preferably still in nice shape and not beat-up. Whichever style matches YOUR style is great but please no old tennis shoes. haha
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