Portraits can seem intimidating to some people. You are the lone person in front of the camera and that can feel a bit unnerving for someone who has not had much experience with this. However, I want you to feel comfortable. I want you to feel like a RockSTAR, because the truth of it is, YOU ARE!
To help you be a RockSTAR, here are some simple tips to keep in mind.
Determine what type of shoot you are doing. Is it going to be rustic, by old barns and buildings? Is it going to be an urban shoot with an industrial feel? Are you going into the mountains or the woods? Answering this one question will help you narrow down your wardrobe selection.
Wear complimentary colors. Purples with yellows, greens and reds, oranges with blues, etc. Or stick to the same palette, such as all neutrals. However, as there is an exception to every rule, if you have a favorite accessory, or shirt, by all means wear it. It will make your photos more authentic and increase how comfortable you are in front of the camera.
Wear different layers and textures. This is the key to making one photo shoot look like several because you can change your outfit by simply adding a jacket or scarf. With fashion, contrast is important. So, if you have that cute little black dress, why not throw on some biker boots to give it some attitude?
For you girls, Heavier make up is a must. It may feel a bit awkward if you are not used to it, but I can promise you that it will improve your portraits. If you are unsure about doing it yourself, get a friend who is make up savvy or use one of these tutorials by Michelle Phan. I have personally used several of her glam looks with great success.
I hope these tips help. Be sure to check out A Style Guide For Your Engagement Photo Session: To help you look and feel your best if you are doing photos as a couple or for your engagements.
If you have found any tips that have worked for you, or you have tried some of my tips, please share! I would love to hear from you.
Until next week!