Originally published June 12, 2012
Before a session, many clients ask what they should wear to the shoot. Long sleeves, short sleeves or no sleeves? Our goal today is to try to simplify your wardrobe so that your shoot is about - well - it's about you!
Your outfit choices should reflect your personality. Be cautious when putting your outfit(s) together so that your clothes compliment your body shape and you. Here a few things I look for when preparing an outfit:
Sleeves - A longer sleeved shirt makes for a thinner appearing arm. If you have un-exercised biceps (like I do) than it may be in your interest to wear a longer sleeve. Sleeves that are extremely short and circle around to cut just under your arm pit are often unflattering on most of the girls that we shoot. We suggest trying to avoid this look. If you have a sleeveless/mini-sleeve shirt that you absolutely love, try adding a scarf with it. By draping the scarf over your shoulders, you create a "sleeve" look that is stylish and attractive. Scarf's, although traditionally made for winter, come in so many varieties and weights that, just like a necklace and pair of earrings, can quickly change the dynamic of your outfit without breaking your budget.
Capri's - At the risk of sounding ugly, please keep your Capri’s at home tucked away in your closet. Capri’s chop off your legs right beneath the knee, exposing your calf and feet. This causes a short, squatted look for all of our models, even children. A nice fitting pair of jeans is a better choice. If we're shooting in the summer and you're worried about the heat and being uncomfortable in pants, than try scheduling your shoot in the cooler early morning hours or evening hours. Not only will you have the benefit of avoiding the heat of the day, but morning and evening sunlight are more flattering. It's a win/win!
Shoes - Here in the south, it's all about the flip flops. However, a little bit of a heal does a lot for our models (or a lot of a heal, if you can manage the balancing act that I was never given the grace for). By adding a pump or heal to your outfit, you elongate your legs which helps to create a slimmer look. If we choose a squatting pose for you, a pump or heal adds texture, architecture and dimension to your shot. Bring your flip flops to comfortably walk from one location to the next but plan on shooting in a pump or heal. If you're worried about balance, don't be. Remember, we're here to help you!
Don't be afraid to bring multiple outfits to your photo shoot. Even if you only scheduled a one outfit shoot, by bringing multiple outfits we can help you decide which of your outfits will compliment you.