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W H A T S H O U L D I W E A R ?
The first piece of advice I can give is to not panic!! The second piece of advice is to choose clothing based on what you normally wear. Come to a shoot as you are, because being photographed is about capturing memories you can look back on and remember loving, not looking at them thinking "wow, that doesn't look like me" or "I wish I hadn't worn that". You want to wear something that you feel comfortable in. You might already be worried about smiling "right" or getting used to a lens being pointed at you for an hour. Worrying if your clothes look okay needs to be the least of your worries...let the photographer worry about the rest! The more comfortable you are, the more you can simply be yourself and love who you are in your photos. You'll look great. . .I promise!
A good thing to remember is that some colors look great in the camera and some don't. Very bright, neon, or highly contrasting colors often can look washed out or too bright. They can distract from a moment and make it harder to see faces. It is best to stick with muted versions of the colors you love. If you have a favorite neon green shirt, consider choosing something muted to cover up some of it. This will help to balance it out in-camera without having to omit it altogether. Words, graphics, logos, and brand names are a no-no. These are very distracting and confusing. The eye doesn't know what to look at! It's always best to stick with solids and simple patters to make sure the focus is on you.
Remember the color wheel you learned about in school? It really matters in this situation! A good place to find pleasing color combinations is at home decor and improvement stores. The same concepts used to choose paint and home accents applies to choosing your photo wardrobe. Many of these stores have websites where you can play around with color combinations. If you love yellow, look at rooms with yellow themes and notice the colors and patterns experts place with that color. Consider grabbing a few of those little fold-out sample cards that show examples of finished rooms. They are free and offer valuable insight into how colors can bring something to life.
Lastly, think about the colors you have in your home and choose colors and patterns that will compliment the rooms in which your photos will be displayed. In doing so, your photos will look like amazing pieces of art that were custom-made for your home.
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