Preparing for your photoshoot
It's a very common question
that we get at the GCPhoto photography studio so here
are some guidelines.
First of all, think of what
style you're going for, and what realistically suits you
the best. Whatever you choose, make it a distinct style
and colour palette. For a shoot with a number of
outfits, why not have a couple of safe options and a
couple that are a bit more out there?
It's a great idea to dress up in your outfit to check it out, and you could even send an image to the photoraphers at GCPhoto (an iPhone shot is fine) and then you can get some feedback before the shoot.
Below is a general guide
for shoots - but if you're looking for a different look
and want to tear up the rulebook, go for it!
What to wear to your photoshoot
• Think in terms of outfit rather than individual
• Coordinate colours - don't match them.
• Bring alternatives so the outfit can be mixed and matched.
• Stick to solid colours and subtle patterns.
• As a general rule, the younger you are, the brighter the colours you can get away with.
• Layers and textures can give depth to a shot – an open shirt over a top with a couple of necklaces for example.
• Jewellery can look good but avoid anything too fussy.
• Don't forget shoes! Preferably, each outfit needs a different pair of shoes.
• Props and accessories - a prop can look great and something to hold can make your hands look much more natural. A handbag, a hat, or sunglasses for that beach look. Or bring something personal and interesting.
Outfits to avoid at your photoshoot
• Anything you'll be uncomfortable in.
• Avoid clothes with bold logos (I cannot emphasise this enough. Especially the guys).
• Avoid stripes and dots. Despite what you've heard, they won't do you any favours.
• Anything that's prone to being crumpled (unless crumpled is your signature style).
• Tan lines – make sure your outfit doesn't expose an unwanted tan line, particularly men with tan lines across the arms.
• Avoid bright reds, yellows and oranges – they stand out too much and also reflect unwanted colour onto the skin.
• Short sleeves can look awkward - better to have something that exposes the shoulder or ends at the elbow.
• Tight clothes can look great – but be realistic. Too tight looks dreadful.
• Avoid overly glossy make-up – it can be too reflective.
• Mini-skirts. Unless you have absolutely stunning legs, just don't. Trust me.
Before the photoshoot
• If you're getting hair and make-up done at the studio, arrive with a clean-face free of make-up and clean dry hair.
• Plan all your hairstyles in advance - it may be impractical to change your hair too dramatically on the day, so work out in what order to do your hair.
• For the guys – work out what your facial hair is going to be doing in the shoot in advance. Clean-shaven, 5 o'clock shadow, stubble or a beard - all can look great but anything 'inbetweeny' looks awful. Whatever you choose - make sure you really go for it.
• Don't forget your nails (yes, guys too) - make sure they're clean and trimmed, and painted perfectly to match your outfit(s).
• Avoid tight clothes before the shoot – tight-fitting clothes can leave marks on the skin for hours.
• Avoid excessive alcohol the night before the shoot.
• Avoid big or bloaty meals for 24 hours before the shoot.
Things to bring to your photoshoot
• A comb, brush and any other hair accessories you need.
• Make-up and remover.
• Spare stockings and tights.
• Lip balm (not a chapstick) to make your lips shiny – this includes the guys.
• A robe to keep warm between shots.
• Music! You might not like mine, so bring a phone with your photoshoot playlist already loaded.
Still got questions?Then get in touch with Matt at GCPhoto!
It's much better for both of us to be well prepared so asking questions and getting feedback on your choices is encouraged.