Clothes that we love in-person don’t always look great in photos. Your clothing is one of the most important components that can make of break your photoshoot.
Take a few steps to prepare 5-6 outfits, so you will look your best in your photos.
So what clothes look best in photographs? What kind of outfits do clothing stylists recommend to pick for a photoshoot?
Here are a few tips from a clothing stylist on what to wear to your photoshoot.
1. Choose outfits you love
While deciding on outfits for a photoshoot, think about what clothing flatters you most. Your portraits should be a reflection of you, just more polished.
Consider wearing those special pieces you don’t wear every day because they’re impractical, but that you usually wear when you’re going somewhere nice.
2. Don’t wear see-through pieces
Any clothing stylist will tell you to avoid sheer materials even if you have the proper undergarments — and even if your outfit only looks sheer in certain lights.
Don’t wear see-through pieces in pictures, they can ruin your photoshoot.
3, Make sure the outfit fits your body shape
Fitted clothing that shows your shape works best for photographs. Choose outfits that will hug your curves, especially your waist, hips, arms, and chest, but not stick to them. Stay away from stretchy clothes made of fabric that contains Spandex, as they cling to your body and emphasize any tiny fold of fat you might have.
Avoid baggy clothes, bulky pants and billowy blouson tops, or anything with dolman or batwing sleeves. While they might be flattering in person, they will not be slimming in camera. This applies to any body type.
Avoid cotton tees or tanks: While they can be great in real life, they are often too tight for photos. General rule of thumb is: if you can see your belt loops through the shirt, it’s too tight.
Embrace a happy medium with slim-cut pieces that actually fit you.
4. Choose an outfit that represents your personality
One of 5-6 outfits that you bring to your photoshoot can be fun/funky or whimsical. This outfit is your chance to really show your personal style.
If you prefer a more conservative style, choose clothing pieces that are more formal, elegant, or structured.
5. Avoid Prints
Prints and patterns are distracting. Even the most beautiful print will steal the attention from your face. We want people to look at you when they see your portrait not at the pattern on your clothes.
Stick with solid colors to make sure that the camera captures your best self.
6. Incorporate layers
Create layered outfits to add visual interest to your look and give you multiple posing and styling options. Scarves, sweaters, jackets– all these things add that extra umph, making the difference between a basic image and a stylish one.
7. Include clothes with some texture
Sumptuous textures lend a rich, tactile element to your photos. Add some pieces with textured fabrics to your outfit to create an interesting and stylish look.
8. Choose clothes that show movement in photographs
Jackets that you can work into several different poses – open, closed, or wrapped around you can make a difference in your photoshoot.
Clothes that show movement, for example, dresses that catch the wind behind you, make images more impactful and help your posing, giving you more variety and options for what to do with your hands and posture.
9. Pay special attention to necklines
Whatever you choose, try to make it more interesting than the basic T-Shirt neckline.
Mixing up the necklines will add variety to your shots, so try not to bring all of one style.
Your collar bone should be visible in your photo, so bring to your photoshoot clothing pieces with different necklines: deep V-neck, scoop neck, boat neck, square neck, off-the-shoulder, etc.
Strapless necklines have a tendency to emphasize broad shoulders, so only go for this look if you’re comfortable with drawing attention to your décolletage.
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