WHAT TO WEAR
How do you dream of being photographed? Remember, this is your chance to be a model for a day. A Princess. A Siren. A Goddess.
Bring 5 - 6 Outfits
With the chance to wear several different outfits, you can aim for a variety of styles. Try to bring outfits that are unique in color and/or mood. While this guide showcases dresses only, feel free to bring your favorite jeans, a lovely blouse, or even lingerie.
Something Light and ethereal
Bring something in a light shade of blush, nude, cream or white.
Something Dark and Smoldering
Black, Navy, or Charcoal will all work well.
You can be an understated sexy in a backless formal gown, or a more overt sexy in beautiful lingerie.
This photo shoot is the perfect opportunity to dress like a princess or movie star, and a great excuse to go shopping. You might even rent, borrow, or custom make your dream outfit. For me, this would be a fairytale-worthy ball gown. For you it might be a killer red dress or amazing black negligee. Whatever you choose to bring should be your own fantasy ensemble.
Below: See several examples of different color and style combinations to mix-and-match for maximum variety. Think about bringing one style from each column, as well as one color type from each row.
KEEP IN MIND
Fit Your Form
Fitted clothing that shows your shape works best for photographs. This applies to any body type. Outfits should hug your curves, especially along your top half. (Loose, flowing skirts are fabulous as long as your bodice or top is snug.) Skip that billowy, blouson top, or anything with dolman or batwing sleeves. While they might be flattering in person, they will not be slimming in camera.
Sumptuous textures like lace, chiffon, bead-work, or embroidery lend a rich, tactile element to your photos. Avoid high-contrast patterns or prints, which are distracting. Logos or graphics are definite “don’ts.”
Mixing up necklines will add variety to your shots, so try not to bring all of one style. I love to see your collar bone and shoulders, so off-the-shoulder and sweetheart are my favorite necklines. Whatever you choose, try to make it more interesting than the basic crew neck.
Food for thought: Certain necklines can evoke different moods. An off-the-shoulder top tends to appear vulnerable, while a square neck or high neck denotes power.
To me, clothing is a form of self-expression - there are hints about who you are in what you wear.
Things to Remember
Flatter Your Arms
Varying sleeve lengths is another great way to add extra diversity to your looks. If arms are a trouble-zone for you, pass on cap sleeves, which are hard to pull off since they emphasize the widest part of the arm. Choose instead a 3/4 sleeve or longer.
To show a little shoulder without baring arms, try an off-the-shoulder top. You could even add a scarf or cardigan to a strapless or sleeveless dress, which can be draped over the arms - showing just a hint of skin.
Skip Bulky Jackets
Unless your blazer is very fitted, (and doesn’t have shoulder pads), you’ll want to opt instead for a snug cardigan, which may be a better choice if you’re interested in having a business-friendly photograph.
Bring Necessary Underpinnings
Consider the underwear you’ll need for each outfit. Certain looks call for a strapless bra or nude thong. Black bras look best under dark clothing, and nude bras are always better than white. Shapewear is awesome for concealing any wobbly bits.
Bring jewelry, hair accessories, and scarves or wraps to complete each outfit. Choose timeless over trendy. Forget shoes, as your feet won’t be showing.