What to wear for a photoshoot

What to wear for a photoshoot?

A question that you didn’t think about until you had booked the photographer, booked to have your hair done and arranged all your family.  What to wear for a photoshoot?  This is an area that is worth thinking about and maybe making some new purchases.  The clothing that you wear in a photograph will make a big difference.  In our article below we have outlined a few things to think about before delving into the depths of your wardrobe. Or telling your whole family to go out and buy a brown turtle neck.

Theme of the shoot

We are not necessarily talking about fancy dress when we think what to wear for a photoshoot, but we are talking about a theme for the clothing.  Things to consider when deciding to use

what to wear for a photoshoot

a theme.  Firstly is everyone in the photographs going to suit that theme.  Secondly are the people involved going to be willing to purchase some new clothes to fit in with your grand plan.  A theme should be based around suitability for your group.  A toddler on their own is fine to wear a fairy costume, but grandma probably won’t be too happy to wear one.  For larger family groups a  summer theme, all wearing shorts and t-shirts with sunglasses, or maybe a more wintery feel with heavy coats and woolly hats.

Co-ordinated clothing

If a theme isn’t your thing then what is very important is to make sure everyone co-ordinates (and co-operates) with their clothing.  Some simple rules here can make your photo’s even better.  The same colour but in different shades is always pleasing, blues, browns, blacks, whites all work really well.  One thing to avoid is a heavy pattern, checked or tartan prints will just detract from the people in the photo.  This is also where the co-operation comes in.

‘…stuff that, I’m not going to where a blue shirt I’m going to where my Man Utd shirt thats my favourite’.  Guess what, that person has just taken over the photograph and virtually made them the only visible thing in it.  Don’t forget you can always take a change of clothes and swap over to see which you prefer.  If football is your thing and everyone wheres a football shirt, that’s coordinated and also themed.

Whats the mood of the photo?

Also try to have a good think about the mood of the photo.  Fun and formal suits is something that rarely goes together nor a posed formal photo wearing shorts and vest tops.  If the mood is fun, then think casual, if the mood is formal then think sWhat to wear for a photoshootmart.

Fashion thats my thing

Great! Fashion, it’s been the staple of most peoples existence for thousands of years.  One thing to bear in mind when going with the latest fashion, is it will put a date on your photograph.  That may be exactly what you are looking for.  In my opinion a dated photo is a good thing.  Not for you don’t panic! We are not all fashion followers. Even if you are and don’t want to date your photo there is an easy solution.  Smart/casual trousers and polo shirts/shirts are quite literally timeless.

These are all just thoughts and observations that we have collected over the years.  We are just humble photographers, and I’m sure you have your own ideas.  We do how ever get asked frequently and hope this article will help everyone who reads it.

Down syndrome photo shoot, a parents guide

Down Syndrome isn’t what makes it tricky, it’s the photographer…(and maybe the parents)

Please raise your hand if you have ever thought, ‘family photo shoot that just isn’t going to work for us’.  OK I don’t think your alone. Pretty much any family with a child under the age of 14 has those thoughts.  To feel a little apprehensive about attending a shoot at your local family photographers is a perfectly natural reaction to the concept.  Well there is good news, with your understanding of your child’s needs and a photographer who is willing to be educated, it’s easy to achieve those beautiful family portraits that will be the envy of all your friends.  Here we are going to walk you through our own experiences which should be helpful when you head into the studio.

The easy bit

Most children with Down syndrome have excellent social skills, and keen to explore their new surroundings. Visual supports like looking at other peoples photos, help them understand what to expect. The photographer should use these key elements to build a rapor and gain their trust.

The not so easy bits

If your child uses non-verbal, expressive language to communicate, try to develop that to assist with providing instruction / guidance during the photo shoot. Maybe you use Makaton signs? Practice the sign for sitting, smiling etc…

Sometimes, the ability of children with Down syndrome to process verbal information is not as good as their ability to hold and process visual information. The processing and recall of spoken information is greatly improved when supported by relevant pictures. It is a great idea for the photographer to have other peoples photos ready to hand to show them how they want them sit and pose.  Patience and a calm environment is a must, it’s not unusual for children to get overloaded by the excitement of it all.

Just to conclude

We were very nervous about writing this blog and have tried not to generalise too much.  Everyone is different, and we ourselves try to adapt to the individuals needs.  Remember photographers tend to be sociable creatures. Their main objective in life is to produce the best photographs they can for their customers.  With this in mind please approach the subject head on, educate and inspire the photographer to create a photograph that contains the very essence of your child.  If you wish to discuss further please get in touch here.

Philip Charles Photography