PHOTO SHOOT PREPARATION

Congratulations! You're halfway to your Portrait Couture photoshoot. Your date is reserved and your champagne is on ice, but there are few essentials we still need to discuss in more detail - for instance, fabulous dresses (hello darling!).

I know that wardrobe selection can be overwhelming, so I've created guides to help as you prepare and that will be coming to you in your Welcome Packet. With so many options it can be hard to know what will be most flattering to both you and the camera, so I've broken it down for you by colors, textures, necklines and silhouettes. It's never been easier to look flawless!

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I want this to be fun for you! How often do you get to dress up for a dream photoshoot? ENJOY THIS TIME!
Seriously, feel like a princess. Spin around a few dressing rooms. Find outfits that make you feel beautiful and relish that giddy, wonderful feeling.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help you create legacy portraits, and they should be everything you want them to be! Invest in this step, I promise you it will make a difference. Happy Shopping!


WHERE TO SHOP - As I state in the Style Guide, I highly recommend shopping fashion houses such as Rent the Runway, Nordstroms, and eDressIt. Quality does matter! If you're looking for slightly younger or less expensive styles I suggest Lulu'sTobi, Free People, Chic Wish and Asos.  For curvier options, consider Rent the Runway for up to size 22 gowns and chic pieces and Gwynnie Bee for every day, ready-to-wear lines up to size 32. Whether you purchase in store or online be sure the fit is correct! Sometimes ordering two sizes (esp if they have a free return shipping policy, thank you Nordstroms!) is helpful if you're not sure which fit will flatter you the most.  If you're not sure you're going to want to keep the garment, leave the tags on and we can make decisions during the shoot. Options are a good thing and anything with tags left on can be returned afterwards*.

*And while I love shopping and fashion, let me also encourage you to also borrow from friends, from family, and from anyone who has a fabulous outfit you could visualize yourself in! My Portrait Portfolio includes everything from Couture gowns to 'dresses' made of pinned fabric and faux neck pieces.  Bring as many beautiful options as you can, but before you shop, consider looking through your friends wardrobes. Sharing is caring, right?

UNDERTHINGS - As you check your wardrobe essentials, make sure your bras and underwear are nude colored (the closer to your skin color, the better!). And remember to bring a robe! During hair and makeup you will want to be comfortable (all the better to relax and enjoy that champagne), and a robe will ensure that your beautiful outfits don't get smudged with product during the application process. Now let's talk Spanx. Regardless of size, I highly recommend bringing a pair with you! They help to smooth bulges that can occur as you sit, bend, move, etc and will help you to feel more confident and stunning in each of your outfits.  
And if you are considering an implied nude shoot, check out this little beauty! I promise you, when you are in the middle of working your hands and legs and rocking that gaze, you will want everything that could be taken care of...taken care of. 

POSING - Keep in mind as you shop for dresses that you want them to flatter your body, but you also need to be able to move freely in them (bend, stretch, roll your shoulders forward, rock that hip!), so as you're trying things on, just be sure you can sit and move through a few basic poses.


Let's Talk Options...

FLOWY SKIRTS - I have a mild love affair with flowy dresses. They add drama and movement to pictures and can range from light and princess-y to dark and dramatic. Even if you're not a girly girl, consider bringing one with you. You may be surprise how much you love the result! (Do notice that the flowy skirt is balanced by a form fitting bodice. Don't go so flowy that I can't see your beautiful shape!)

EDRESSIT.COM - These gowns is available from eDressIt.com. I've personally seen each and they are all STUNNING. Here on their  Best Sellers list  you'll find a stunning variety of fabulous rainbow colored gowns.

EDRESSIT.COM - These gowns is available from eDressIt.com. I've personally seen each and they are all STUNNING.
Here on their Best Sellers list you'll find a stunning variety of fabulous rainbow colored gowns.

FORM FITTING - So how should your clothes fit?  Of course the size should be right, but let's also talk about silhouettes.
Loose (or boxy) garments can be lovely in person, but they will not translate well on camera.  Oversized clothing will hide beautiful curves and obscure the shapes we'll create with posing. Trust me to shape your body beautifully, but if the clothes look shapeless (no frumpy outfits here!) you will photograph larger than you are.**
It's very important I be able to see your form so that I can position you in flattering and natural ways! 

**After every shoot I ask my clients if there is anything I could've explained better during their consultation. Almost every client has said the same thing, that they didn't understand how important a form fitting outfit was until they saw their images. Loose fitting clothing will look frumpy on camera and add weight to you. Clothing should be size appropriate but tight enough to show your shape. Trust me, I will pose you to show off your most beautiful assets!


TEXTURE & MOVEMENT  - Each of these gowns has something special about them! Notice the the beading on the bodices, the lace overlays, and the fabulous flowing skirts- all that texture and movement makes for very interesting shots!  Think about a a beaded gown in contrast to a plain cotton shirt. Both can look beautiful, but emote very different feelings (and would be shown off in very different poses). See what I'm saying? Great! Now bring both, we're going to shoot a beautiful variety.   And as you're picturing your dream shoot, keep in mind that different fabric materials will move and shape your body differently. Do you like the effect of windy garments that create almost underwater images? The dresses used in those types of shots are made from  chiffon , a very light fabric that picks up the wind easily. Or do you prefer lots of ethereal volume? Think  tulle ! Or would you rather glitter like a goddess?  Beadwork  baby. How do you want to be photographed?

TEXTURE & MOVEMENT - Each of these gowns has something special about them! Notice the the beading on the bodices, the lace overlays, and the fabulous flowing skirts- all that texture and movement makes for very interesting shots!
Think about a a beaded gown in contrast to a plain cotton shirt. Both can look beautiful, but emote very different feelings (and would be shown off in very different poses). See what I'm saying? Great! Now bring both, we're going to shoot a beautiful variety.

And as you're picturing your dream shoot, keep in mind that different fabric materials will move and shape your body differently. Do you like the effect of windy garments that create almost underwater images? The dresses used in those types of shots are made from chiffon, a very light fabric that picks up the wind easily. Or do you prefer lots of ethereal volume? Think tulle! Or would you rather glitter like a goddess? Beadwork baby. How do you want to be photographed?

FANTASY DRESSES - For all your princesses in disguise, here are a few ethereal, dream-like gowns to consider (or to use as inspiration for your own fantasy gown search).  I swoon every time I look at them... Magical!