Oh no, I can't decide what to wear! Enjoy Pixelchats!
In creating Pixelchats! (Ludwig Photography's new contribution to helping you take better pictures), Beth and I have decided to take upon ourselves a few rules.
First, we will only teach you how to take great pictures using simple cell phone photos. In other words, we won’t get fancy.
Secondly, all concepts we will chat about are easy, peasy! All topics are meant to teach you one point at a time, like one chapter from Picture Taking for Nontechnical Photo Takers, or perhaps more appropriately, Picture Taking for Those On The Go (which I’m sure is most of you reading this).
Thirdly, we promise that each chat won’t take up much of your time, but rather be a fun, little article on something which will help you take better pictures.
Fourth, and lastly, we reserve the right to change rule #1! Yes, if you get good at this, we might get a little fancier!
So on to our first Pixelchats! lesson. As you may have guessed from our title, this chat revolves around what you should pay attention to relative to wardrobe during a photoshoot. Styles, colors and trends come and go, so think about what you are trying to convey in your picture. Is this photo going on a Christmas card to your husband’s boss whom you’ve never met, or is this being sent to your best friend in Seattle? In other words, to be fancy, or not to be fancy, that is the question! Heck, maybe your choice of location will even decide for you. At the beach, go casual, in front of a mansion, maybe you want formal. Also, remember if you spent most of your days dressed rather informally, don’t change who you are for your pictures. After all, you are sending the photos to folks who you want to recognize you, right?
To demonstrate whether or not outfit planning is important, Beth’s daughters and their friends have agreed to help us show this to you in the simplest way possible (thanks ladies!). They had a wild sleepover last night, and we decided to photograph them in their morning outfits. As you can see, the above “before” picture is that of a beautiful group of very uncoordinated girls. As you look at the photo, notice what you are first seeing. Bright colors, wordy shirts that beg you to read them, uncoordinated tones, too casual. Do you want that, “we just showed up” look, or do you want more? Most likely, regardless of your audience, you want more! As you look at the below “after” photo, then notice how crisp the look is. The girls look brighter, more relaxed, and happier with a little outfit planning. I do say that I believe that these straight “A” students even look smarter (did I mention they are available for babysitting?)! A mere five minutes of changing outfits into something similar in color in style (arguably too similar, teenage girls, sigh), and voila, a great shot is at your fingertips!
One last thing to mention regarding what to wear. Color. White never goes out of style and looks good on everybody. Really. Black is mostly the same, but perhaps not for little ones, at which point white is a good fallback. If jeans or khakis are worn with white, the look is clean and fresh. And unobtrusive. Although we showed the girls in simple white, Beth suggests that you mix and match tones within a combination of three different colors. As you can see in the huge family photo below of Beth's family from a few years ago, a wonderfully coordinated family photo can't be beat! So, pick a few out a few colors. Blues, greens and whites? Yellows, oranges, and reds! Go for it! Lastly, patterns and even stripes can look good on some folks, as long as other solid garments are aplenty in the shoot and can complement their noise. In the end, think similarly to how a man dresses when dressing in a shirt and tie. Although his shirt may have a pattern different than his tie, it works 100% of the time if the colors have similar tones and are surrounded by a solid foundation (see the dashing picture below that I took of my parents from a few Valentine's Days ago!). To help you in your planning, here's a good Pinterest link to help you: https://www.pinterest.com/ludwigphoto/wardrobe-suggestions-for-portraits/ There you have it! The rest is common sense. If it looks good on you, wear it. If you love it, your photos will show your comfort! Be creative, have a nice time, and by all means, do smile. Just like your 4th of July cookout last weekend, remember, planning goes a long way! We hope you have enjoyed Pixelchats! this week. Feel free to share it with friends!