When we talk about portrait photography, it generally means having a person or group of people as the main subject or focus in the picture. Thus, when you are being photographed during a portrait photo session you should expect that the pictures will tell something about you. It can either reflect your mood, your personality, your lifestyle, your work or a combination of these.
A portrait shoot can be for a job application, a business proposal, wedding engagement, an annual family portrait shoot or even a product endorsement. Some portrait shoots are held indoors while others are outdoors. The preparation for each portrait shoot can be different but there are basic tips though which are applicable to most types of portrait shoots.
If you are not sure how you can prepare for a portrait shoot, then here are basic yet essential tips that can help you get ready for this much-anticipated portrait session.
Wear comfortable and appropriate clothes
Wearing clothes that you are not comfortable with can make you look weird in the pictures. The feeling of discomfort will no doubt reflect on the portrait pictures thus making the session unsuccessful. Choose clothes that you are comfortable with and are suitable for the location and type of shoot. Know ahead on where the location is and what time the shoot will be so you can prepare 3 or more set of clothes.
Plan you hair and make up
For women, formal portrait sessions will most likely require you to have your hair and make up done. You need to hire a makeup artist or fix your own hair and makeup if you are up to it. Ask your photographer ahead if he/ she can recommend a hair or make up artist and what hairstyle and makeup are fitting for the shoot.
Wear long sleeves and solid colors
Long sleeves can make your hide your arms or make it look thinner.Keep in mind that arms will usually look bigger in pictures than in the actual. For women, it is best to wear long sleeves and solid-colored clothes for these clothes can make you slimmer. For men, solid colors like blue can make you look great in pictures. You can also depend your choice on what color compliments your skin tone.
Take a beauty rest
A well-rested body will surely make you look good on the pictures. Sleep early the night before the shoot so you will look brilliant and have the energy for the portrait shoot.
Bring significant props
Your portrait photo will look more unique if you wear or carry props that show who you are. The props can either give a hint to viewers on what kind of work you do or what type of personality you have. Remember that you can keep your photos for a lifetime and if seeing them from time to time can help you reminisce the joyful memories you had. You can recall who or what you were like before through viewing your old portrait pictures.
Follow color coordination for family or group shots
If you are preparing for a photo shoot with your family or group of friends, it is best if you can coordinate color you are going to wear. Well-coordinated colors will definitely make your picture more brilliant and visually appealing to viewers.
Be open to suggestions
Hire a professional portrait photographer that is credible and can relied on. It would be better if took photography courses so he/she can give advice or suggestions on how to make the portrait shoot successful. Be open to whatever he/she suggests. The photographer especially an experienced one knows better than you do so better listen intently.