this time I thought I would try to be helpful and provide some rules with regard to what you should wear for a photoshoot (this equally applies to your own days out etc. anytime a camera is pointed at you it’s a photoshoot).
So here we go RULE 1
Nobody talks about Fight Club.
Oops sorry that’s not right is it.
Let me try again RULE 1
THERE ARE NO RULES.
Nope that’s not a mistake this time it’s the truth there are no rules only suggestions.
Let’s face it, if there were hard and fast rules someone would only break them and rightly so, because no one is the same, we are all individual, and we all like different things so what could be exactly right for one could be repulsive to another.
Experimentation is crucial to innovation and without it everything would be the same and quite frankly boring.
So as I said here are some suggestions
1. Billy and Bobby syndrome avoidance
Avoid dressing exactly the same, however do coordinate. You could think 50 Shades of Grey, no not that 50 shades, please get your minds under control, I meant shades of the same colour. You could try complimentary colours, the colour Grey for instance and complimentary shades of other colours e.g. browns, blues and greens (autumnal colours). Or maybe pinks or plumbs as I say these are suggestions only, the actual colours you choose are up to you but do try to coordinate. If you do use a muted palette you could also think about having a bright accent colour – for ladies a scarf, bag, hat for the men a tie, scarf, t-shirt under a jumper etc. These suggestions also apply to children of all ages.
Think about where your photo-shoot is going to take place. If you are having your photo-shoot in a densely wooded forest then you may disappear if wearing autumnal colours with no accent colours (army camouflage springs to mind). It is also advisable in this example to wear clothes you would be comfortable sitting on damp tree stumps or the ground in.
Even if you are having a more fashion inspired shoot you could need more suitable shoes and a coat etc. to get to the location within the forest.
You want your photos to have a timeless feel so wear classic clothing and avoid advertising or slogans on shirts, what is in vogue now may soon go out of date, even if it is your favourite football shirt.
Wear clothes you know you are comfortable in, that favourite outfit that gives you that extra confidence and “va va voom”, it is tempting to buy something new for the shoot, if you do ensure you have at least trial worn it for comfortability (what yes of course that's a word).
It is also tempting to wear loose baggy clothing, but don’t, fitted clothes are far better. You will find them to be much more flattering.
Depending on the type of photoshoot you have it would be prudent to bring several outfits with you. It is better to have more outfits than you think you need as long as there is plenty of variety. In other words don’t bring seven little black dresses or 5 suits for obvious reasons – all your photos will be in little black dresses and suits. Variety really is the spice of life and several looks will give you much greater scope. Just type “different clothing looks” into your search engine and look at the images. This will give you no end of ideas that you can adapt to your own styles.
Don’t forget to accessorise as well, hats, belts, jewellery and shoes etc. can completely transform how your clothes look, I’m sure I’ve heard Gok say that.
These are obvious but worth a mention just as a way of reminding you.
Ladies: make sure your nails aren’t chipped if you use nail polish, the chips will show in your photographs.
Gents: if you don’t want stubble in your photographs then make sure you haven’t got stubble, stubble will show in your photographs.
Everybody: Try on all the clothes you are going to bring with you before arriving.
In the interest of not offending anybody, the first two reminders could apply to any modern day gender.
So a quick recap to finish, coordinate but don’t be identical and dress to be comfortable. Consider the location and think about what to wear before and during the shoot. Think classic, fitted and confidence building clothing. Check out the interweb thingy for loads of ideas (you can even share these ideas with your photographer). Bring lots of clothes that are different and remember accessories to jazz them up. Check your nails, have a shave (these do not necessarily apply to the same person) and make sure everything fits.
Most importantly have fun and enjoy the day, it is generally not something you do every day so make the most of it.