Portrait Style Guide:
Choosing Your Outfit
Full-length, flow-y dresses and skirts look striking on camera because of the extra movement they bring to photos. Consider fabrics like chiffon or tulle, which are wonderfully feminine and allow for beautiful movement.
That being said, I want you to wear whatever the heck makes you feel like a million bucks and helps you to achieve the goal of your shoot.
*Tip: If there’s an area of your body you want to highlight or de-emphasize, consider that different types of clothing attract attention to different places on your body.
Think about what your eyes do when you’re looking at a photo in a magazine. They’re usually drawn to one spot first, and then wander around to the other parts of the photo.
A top with lace sleeves will immediately draw the eye to the arms
A turtleneck places instant emphasis on the face
Low-rise pants draw the eye to the hips
High-rise pants show off curves and flatter the stomach
A crop top visually emphasizes the center of the body
Prints and patterns, a chunky necklace or a large belt buckle draw eyes to them first
My favorite trick—optical illusions! A V-neck-cut top or a long necklace (think: vertical lines) draws the eye up and down for a slimming effect. A belt or an outfit with left-to-right stripes (think: horizontal lines) draws eyes side to side for a widening effect
Starting to get the idea? The human eye is very susceptible to suggestion. Keep that in mind as you think about your personal style and what makes you feel most confident!
For a guide on choosing neutral and bold colors and how to pair them, go here.
The figure of a pregnant woman is absolutely sensational. You are literally full of life—a miracle.
You’re also a little uncomfortable (ha!). To maximize your comfort and highlight your beautiful bump, I always recommend floor-length gowns or maxi dresses if we’re doing your shoot outdoors. If we’re shooting in an in door studio environment, I encourage you to show off as much of your body as you want.
Hair & Makeup
As long as you follow the guidelines of your own personal style, professional hair and makeup looks amazing on camera. I would NOT recommend trying to change your usual look or style for your photo shoot (i.e., don’t wear a lot of makeup if you normally don’t, don’t get an extreme haircut or color right before, etc.), but I do recommend treating yourself to a couple of fun things—think mani/pedi, lash extensions or a blowout for your hair. These little treats simply enhance the beauty you already have, which will act as a nice little confidence boost! I’m here to give recommendations for where to get these things done!
A little makeup trick that I love is simple yet effective: adding a pop of lipstick. A bold lipstick color adds a bright, happy sexiness to a photo. It’s a great pick-me-up for the wearer, too, and it’s a such an easy way to feel dressed up without spending much money!
Avoid Foundation & Heavy Makeup
If foundation is a part of your daily routine, I would strongly advise skipping it before your session. I shoot with a 50-megapixel camera, which tends to accentuate some of the less flattering things foundations can do (like settle in creases and pores, make blemishes flakey and create unnatural skin tone). That also goes for bronzer and foundation that is darker than your natural skin tone.
So embrace your natural skin! Because that’s what will photograph the most beautifully—I promise. Got a blemish or two? Faded acne scars? Do not worry for a second! Blemishes, scars, etc. are much easier to fix in post-processing than an incorrect skin tone or the unfortunate side effects of heavy makeup.