julie riemersma - photography

Portrait Wardrobe Tips

#1 Wear what makes you feel the most comfortable and expresses your personality!

#2 Present yourself as want to sell yourself. What’s the purpose of the image?  For example, business wear for a business portrait.

#3 Present yourself as your best self. Take the extra time in the morning to make sure you are well groomed and moisturized! Bringing a hair brush or extra makeup for touchups is a good idea.

#4 Try to avoid bold distracting patterns, as clothing with tight grids or a small herringbone patterns can have a strange moiré effect on camera. Solid colours work well to frame your face. Depending on your skin tone, white, beige, grey, blue, green, pink, or black look great. Florescent colours don't photograph as well.

#5 Feel free to bring options from simple to extra, so we can experiment!

#6 A simple black or white t-shirt and jeans always looks great.


FEMININE

For a business look, choose a professional suit or outfit that has a classic look, anything too trendy can look dated if you plan to use the photos for a couple of years. Stay away from short sleeves or tank tops, bare arms may not look as professional, but a blazer can be added. Don’t choose something with too low of a neckline, and make sure any button-ups don't pull at the chest.

If it's a more casual portrait, actor headshot, or musician portrait, feel free to showcase your style!  Keeping the outfit and accessories simple tends to frame your face. We are trying to sell you, not your outfit! Disregard this if you are a fashionista, and then go to town on the styling.

Do your makeup as usual for a day at the office or a nice dinner. A close headshot will show all the details, so clumpy mascara, or heavy foundation or contouring should be avoided. Shiny eye shadows or heavy lip gloss may look distracting. The goal is to bring your features out in a subtle manner without making it look like you're wearing lots of makeup. If you bring a lipstick and makeup for touch-ups we can start simple and build on for the later looks.


MASCULINE 

For a business headshot, think classic cuts and clean lines. Pick your favourite suit that fits you well, and is preferably a classic dark colour like navy, blue, black or grey. Choose a shirt and tie that match each other and the suit. Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt. Some ties are too shiny- try to stay away from really reflective silk ties.

If the shoot doesn't call for a formal look, feel free to experiment with your style. Nice, wrinkle free t-shirts, button-ups, sweaters all work well. Jeans, khakis, or coloured pants can all work. Simple lines are again, usually best, to accent your face.

For grooming, make sure your beard and hair are neatly trimmed/shaved, and you feel rested!


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