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5 Tips to Make Your Portraits Look Better

January 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

When it comes to creating beautiful portraits, there is only so much the photographer can do to make you look your best. Here are a few tips you the client can do to improve the look of your final images. 

 

(Wear long sleeves when possible. You can even use sweaters, jackets, and scarves to change up the look without needing to do an outfit change.)

1. What you wear is SUPER important

  • Wear solid colors for the best look. Avoid logos, patterns, and stripes. Never wear brights like neon/safety colors. 
  • Coordinate your colors. When planning what everyone will wear, choose 2-3 colors and stick with it. Start with the hardest to dress person first, then go from there. Lay all the outfits out together to see how they look together, treat it as if you are making one outfit for cohesiveness. The larger the group, the more important it is to get everyone to coordinate their outfits as much as possible. 
  • When possible, wear long sleeves, even if that means adding a sweater over a dress. The reason is when you look at a photo, your eye will automatically go to the brightest part of an image, which is typically the face. If you have short sleeves, your eye will then go to your arms as they will be the same brightness as your face. 

(Words and images on clothes hardly ever photograph well, choose solid colors instead.)

2. Bring a hairbrush and hairspray with you

It's better to do a quick touch-up to fix fly-away hairs before your session, than to pay to have them removed afterwards. 

 

3. Treat any acne problems several days before your session

 

4. Wear makeup 

If you are not good at doing makeup, consider booking a makeup appointment at a local salon (like Ulta) before your session. 

 

5. Chapstick

Use chapstick every time you think of it the week of your session, (yes, even the guys!) and use cherry chaptstick to have redder lips during your session. 

(The larger the group, the more important it is to get everyone to coordinate their outfits as much as possible for a cohesive look.)


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