What to Wear...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So...this is the one question I hear on almost every consultation call I have: "What should we wear?". I do beleive that as your photographer I am also partially resposible for "styling" you as well as your portraits. In recent years It has been the trend to "match" (examples: jeans & white shirts, Black shirts & khakis, Black shirts and white pant... and these are just samples from MY OWN famiy portraits!!!) HOWEVER, times change and "we" (photographers) evolve... hopefully. I have been LOVING some new "trends" in photography outfit choices. I decides to step out of my comfort rutt that I have been in. I have been a photographer for almost 11 years and my answer to the questions "What should we wear?" has pretty much been- "you should all match." well... NOT ANY MORE!!! Well, you stil can if you realy want to but, I don't think you will when you get inspired to be individuals in your portraits. So- Here is an image that I took last week of my Brothers Family while trying to implement my new take on "What you should wear".

Although- It is hard to see the "layers" in this image there is more going on...
SO, I know I am a more visual person and it really help to see examples. I am going to try to post some new "inspirations" each week.
While searching I found this post on a photographers blog (http://jeanetteleblanc.com/blog) an she gave permission to use it :O)
I just figured "I couldn't have said it better myself" (So I didn't waste my time trying)

You are what you wear.
A little cliché? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.
Before I go all Stacy and Clinton on you – let’s be clear what your clothing does NOT need to be:
*Brand New- I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse - as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
*Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive- Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
*Matching- No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. *Stressful No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous. I promise.
I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:
-Feels Good.
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.
As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.
Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.
Looks Good.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.
Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.
Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.
Makes Sense.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.
Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).
Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph. I’m with you every step of the way.
*It’s easier than it seems. Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).
If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. (Or if the session is in your home, so is your closet :O))

Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.
Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures….
Can you see it yet? I totally can. OMG, you look INCREDIBLE!
I can’t wait for your session.

and here is an image from her blog post as well :O) for inspiration:

Beautiful Baby Girl ~South FLorida Baby Photographer~

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What a beautiful baby "Miss K" is! and she was very cooperative!! Beautiful headbands, flowers, & tu-tu's made with ove by Dara. Check out her site too!! http://www.jewelryandbabyblingbydara.com/

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