as a blog photographer who shoots mostly with fashion bloggers, i've learned a thing or two about choosing outfits that photograph well. you want to make sure that your outfits will look good in photos, but you also want to make sure that they will help you look your best in your photos! i shared a few tips here about how to have a flawless senior session. but one big tip from that post is to choose outfits that you feel comfortable in. & while comfort is important, so are the following five tips:
1. choose outfits that are flattering to your body type
you want to choose outfits that truly flatter you. each body is different, so what may look good on one person may not look best on YOU. make sure that your outfits flatters your body & that you feel comfortable. one of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing outfits for photos is that they choose an outfit that they don't feel comfortable in (ie: they're pulling at their skirt or constantly checking to make sure everything is where it's supposed to be) and they look uncomfortable in their photos. their smiles are strained & they look a little stressed. so choose clothes that are flattering to you that make you feel like the confident rock star you are.
2. choose outfits that you can move in
the best photos are the ones that show emotion. a lot of photographers use movement to help draw out natural emotions. make sure that you can move in your outfit choices. ALSO (bonus tip) choosing clothes that are flowy (think chiffon dress or skirt) adds more natural movement (emotion) to the photo. and movement is always good!
3. choose outfits that you feel confident in
you want to feel confident. remember in tip number one when i talked about how people choose outfits they don't feel comfortable in & then they look strained? it's hard to feel confident in clothes that you don't love or feel make you look your best. confidence is key to looking your best. so choose the outfit that makes you feel like your absolute best!
4. choose outfits that are simple
you don't want your outfit to overshadow your photo. choose simple outfits that model your personality. the main focus of the photo should be YOU, not your outfit, not the location, not the pose, but YOU.
5. choose outfits that make you feel like your best self
i can't stress this enough. when you feel like your best self, your photos show that. choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks & then act like it, because you ARE a million bucks!
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