The most frequent question we are asked after booking a session is: "What should we wear?"
This can be very tricky if you are planning onsite photoshoots because weather, light and background distractions can all alter the tone of your photo. However there are some simple rules to keep in mind that apply to most photo sessions. Below are some suggestions to keep in mind.
#1. KISS: (Keep It Simple Sunshine)
The focus of the photo should be YOU. Bold and busy printed clothing can be a major distraction drawing the viewer's eyes away from you. Pick colors that enhance your features. For example if you have blue eyes wear colors that bring out your eyes. Or compliment your skin tone, and hair. Keep accessories to a bare essential; necklace, earrings and rings.
#2. Classy test!
Fashion can be a challenge to photography sometimes. Short dresses that end above the knee may look stunning in some poses but in others create challenging situations of exposing more than desirable. Same applies to low cut tops and sheer fabric. We recommend doing the mirror test before hand. Try on your outfit and strike several poses, sit on the floor with your knees bent, lean forward and blow a kiss. If at any moment your feel uncomfortable, reconsider.
#5. When in doubt... neutral it out!
Black and white are always the best go to colors when you are having difficulty deciding. Other neutral colors like beige, tan also translate well into portraits. Be careful that neutral colors don't wash out your complexion. Add a pop of color into the mix with subtle accessories like belts and shoes.
#6. Be true to YOU!
Phicakoi's philosophy in photography is to capture YOUR true essence and we encourage our clients to share their personalities in portraits. Our best portraits have included staple elements of the client that their family and friends recognize as "Totally Them!". For some it is as simple as a crooked smile, or cowboy boots and even a favorite belt.
#7. Keep your options open
Always prepare three outfits for the photo session per person. Being flexible gives you options to change during the shoot and variance in the results. It also helps to adjust if the weather changes rapidly or the ambiance of the location clashes with the outfits.
# 8. Break the Rules!
Sometimes following your gut yields better results than observing the rule. Don't be afraid to experiment with your style and show off your individuality.
The most important accessory to bring with you is a positive attitude. Arrive with the intention of having fun and your portraits will reflect that joy and Pickakoi will be there to preserve the moments for you.