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The Best Portrait Photography: What Clothes To Wear

When thinking about portrait photography, it is often a common concern for people to be worried about what to wear during the photo session. Though may seem a trivial matter, what clothes you wear during portrait photography can impact significantly as the photos come out. If you want to have the best looking yet most natural portraits, be sure to talk to me about what to bring and have options on the set.

Be comfortable.

It is often the biggest challenge for the portrait photographer to make their subject relaxed and more at ease when photo sessions begin, so what clothes you wear is one of the key factors in helping you to feel more confident and come across more natural. If you are content and happy with what you wear, then chances are I can capture your portrait photos that way.

Your style and clothes you wear in your portrait tell who you are.

Even though most of us don't agree with the idea of judging a person by the clothes they wear, it is definitely a concern in portrait photography. The outward appearance talks first, and it is difficult to correct that since all the viewer can see in the portrait is a still image.

You can wear your funky style or show your serious side, it all depends on your goals for the portrait photographs we are going to produce, so make sure to let me know what you will be using your portraits for.

Plain, Unobtrusive Dark Clothes

Plain or dark clothes can be a good choice for the subject to be shot for portrait photography. This is not only because dark and plainclothes tend to make the person wearing them look slimmer but they allow the focus to be on the image of the person's face. This is important in a portrait photograph; after all, you would want the viewer to see the facial expression and reaction first before the other entire details in the portrait.

Unobtrusive plain clothes have a good effect on the totality and background of the portrait as they allow the focus to be directed on the subject itself; therefore, easily demonstrating the true character likeness of the person.

This cannot be easily achieved with clothes that have crazy patterns, wild and bright colors, dots, lines, and overly elaborate designs as they can draw the focus out the primary subject consequently defeating then the true purpose of portrait photography. Of course, if this is a lifestyle photoshoot, then there is so much more to be captured in each shot, so the clothing could differ.

Pants, Long Sleeves, and Collars

For men, collars are a great detail that their clothes must have. Collars are amazingly a way to frame the face up which can be flattering when captured in a portrait. Also, long sleeves are much preferred than short sleeves, as pants are than shorts.