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I'm a photographer, I love being the one controlling the camera, but not necessarily the one in front of the camera. Yet, I force myself to get uncomfortable for the sake of preserving our families memories! I have to keep reminding myself that I want to be more concerned about remembering this time in life than I do about the extra pounds i'm still carrying.
Since preserving memories is important to me, I've learned what looks good on me in camera and I thought many women would be interested in hearing the same. Here is what I look for when choosing MY outfit for family photos. And that is the key Ladies...choose your outfit first, because you want to feel beautiful and confident in what you are wearing!
I typically have a specific color in mind for the look that I want. However, I know blues look good on me, so I tend to always incorporate it in our family photos. I always choose my outfit first and then coordinate my families outfits around it.
2. Cover up what you don't love
Right now, i'm not digging my arms/legs. So, when I was searching for a dress for our anniversary photos I knew I wanted a long dress with sleeves. If you don't want it to show on camera...cover it! Also, I love long flowy dresses on camera. They are so feminine and look beautiful, this is always my first choice for women! Layering is another way to cover up what you don't love. Adding a jean jacket or kimono can be super flattering and slimming. Also, if you don't want it on in every photo, simply slip it off!
Scarfs, statement necklaces/earrings...all look so lovely on camera. These pieces add interest and texture. Small stud earrings and light chain necklaces won't always show up in camera. So don't be afraid to add a little extra pop of color in your accessories!
4. Put on a little extra makeup
It's what movie stars do right?! Now I'm not talking about stage makeup, but maybe an extra layer of blush and mascara. Like I said, a little bit extra goes a long way on camera!
5. Don't feel confident in front of the camera? Fake it baby!
If you feel awkward, chances are you will look awkward or timid on camera. Try your best to relax, take deep breaths to allow your body to relax too! Don't be afraid to let your personality show! Do you love to laugh? Then laugh with your kids! Do you love to snuggle? Then snuggle up next to that man of yours! A great photographer will help guide you into these natural moments, but don't be afraid to let loose a little and even get a little silly! Because when joy and love are captured on camera, it is absolutely stunning! After all, that's the goal of your session, to capture what makes your family special and unique!
Still unsure what to wear? Here are some examples of dresses I love for women to wear at my sessions. Hint: Long and flowy!