A few recent photo shoots I've done have lead me to want to talk to you all about what to do to prepare for a photoshoot. There are a few types of customers looking to have photos done; those who typically wear a lot of makeup & spead heaps of time on their hair & wardrobe, those who spend just enough time on their hair, makeup, or wardrobe to look put together, & then there are those who pull off a great look for their lifestyle but haven't a clue what to do when it comes to photos or other more noticable events. All have their place & not one is better than the other but all have questions when they are having photos taken so I have decided to put together a short guide that I hope will direct you whether for formal photos or for casual impromptu photos. I will divide this article into a few subcategories so that you can scan easily for what you may need.
IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE: If you are scheduling a photoshoot with a photographer and have specific needs or expectations be very clear what those needs or expectations are. We are not mind readers and we cannot tell what your expectations are if you are not specific. If you are unsure of what you want then sit down with your photographer ahead of time and discuss your options and what you want your photos for. Then we can design a look(place, poses, lighting, ect) that works for what you are wanting. Also if they are business photos please be mindful of the cultural location in which you will be using the photos. For example; I am in Hawaii where aloha shirts are khaki shorts are usually appropriate, on the other hand that same look would likely be inappropriate for many parts of the mainland & visa versa often times the suit & tie of the mainland would look stuffy and overly formal within Hawaii.
CLOTHING: Be contientious of the background you wish to have as well as what you are using the photos for. Although you may love that patterned blouse it may not go for a photoshoot as patterns can often be very distracting. Attempt to go for more solid clothing with only a few colors in them. Here are some things to think about when choosing the color(s) that you are going to where and that will be around you in the photo:
1). What is your skin tone &/or ethnicity?
2). What color is your hair?
3). What color are your eyes?
4). What are the photos being used for(eg. business, family, holiday cards, ect) this will help to decide which colors are best used based on typical color psychology techniques.
All of these things play a part in what color is best for you to wear. For example my husband is a redhead so I wouldn't want to have him in a blue shirt with a white background because that then reflects everything with a blue tink. On the other hand if I have him in a warmer color with the white background I then get his true skin color & the background remains true white. If you are unsure of the best color for you discuss this with your photographer and he/she can help you choose the best color for your photos.
HAIR: Most men have this one easy but if in doubt ask. For women this may be a bit more tricky based on personality, lifestyle, & purpose of the photos. If these are business photos it may be best to pull hair up or have it straight & swept behing the ear, if these are personal family, fun, fashion photos have fun and use your imagination. I tend to think natural is always better and go with what a person is most comfortable with and what matches their personality. If you love your hair down & curly then go for it, on the other hand if you are more comfortable with it up away from your face then do that. Photography should be fun and make you feel comfortable and beautiful as who you are.
MAKEUP: If you do not typically wear much makeup then do not wear a lot for your photos! Added makeup if it is not in your usual routine will not look real and will likely make you uncomfortable while the shoot is going on. Plus if you do it instead of a professional makeup artist then it is very plausible that you will add too much somewhere or choose the wrong colors which will then make it difficult for the photographer to capture your best look. If you are a person who wears a lot of makeup often then go for it but if not vear on the side of caution. In my case I would even say if you are unsure than bring your makeup & mirror to the shoot and discuss your ideas with me and we can go through the process together.
If nothing else remember communicate what you want with your photographer to get the look you want. Photos should be fun so relax and enjoy it. Get to know your photographer and let him/her get to know you and you will get pictures that capture your personality within the photo.
Hope this was helpful! Blessings until next time...
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