Bring an outfit change
There may or may not be time for a full outfit change, but nevertheless you should bring along additional clothing items, layers, accessories and props for alternative looks and styles.
You want to make the most out of your session, so come prepared and give yourself some extra options.
Watch your makeup
If you wear foundation, ensure that the coverage is even and there are no lines around your neck. Some colour touches on your cheeks, eyes and lips will go a long way towards a sparkling look when photographed.
Beware of high resolution pictures magnifying features, so avoid using very heavy makeup. You still want to look human, not plastic-made.
Arrange your hair
You don’t want to be struggling with your hair being blown by be the wind over your face, or trying to contain your hair volume due to the high humidity, so be aware of the weather conditions on the day and pick a style accordingly.
If you feel the need to trim or cut your hair, make sure you allow a few days before the session so it can grow back a bit and look more natural.
Use a stylist
If you want to look a million dollars in your portraits, investing some extra money in a professional stylist can be worthwhile. It will make a noticeable difference in your look and will lift a lot of weight off your shoulders.
If you’ve done this before, you understand the value for money trade-off I’m talking about here. If you haven’t, a portrait photo session may just be the perfect opportunity to innovate and give it a go.
Beware the season
Whether a light dress and sandals (or barefoot) for a sunny day at the beach, or a jacket, scarf and woolen hat for a cold day in Autumn, make sure the outfits make sense for the season you’re shooting in, and that everyone in the shoot is on the same page.
You may want to produce images you can enjoy and stare at for many years to come, so make sure you select clothes that will endure the test of time. Don’t date yourself by going along with the current popular style…it may be just a passing trend, so be assertive and pick outfits looking at the big picture.
Let your photographer advise you
It’s important to involve the photographer in the clothing selection process. Indeed, they would’ve designed the session concept from your vision and the feel you’re going for, so the photographer is the one best placed to advise on a coherent outfit combination with a harmonious colour palette, one which takes into consideration the background setting and ultimately the colour scheme of the display zone.
It’s in this kind of details where the service of a customer oriented photographer differentiates from one only taking snaps with a fancy camera.