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Before you decide on what colors you will be wearing during your photo shoot, you have to consider whether your photos will be black and white or in color, since each medium has its own demands. If you’re taking black and white photos you should avoid bright white or black clothing that may present problems for your photographer during post processing if the image has to be brightened or darkened. Instead of choosing black or white, go for pastels that photograph white or deeper hues like dark greens, reds and purples that appear dark gray or black when rendered in black and white. Not only will you make your photographer’s life easier, and possibly cut down on your processing time, but you’ll end up with photos filled with depth by wearing rich tones and textures.
You have booked your appointment months ago and have already perfected your poses, but with your photo shoot approaching you still have yet to figure out what you’re going to wear. You know to avoid anything strapless — no one wants to look nude from the waist up in their headshot — and that your prom dress is a no-go for casual photos. However, you may not realize how important wearing the right color is to achieving a picture-perfect finish.
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Whether your picture is in black and white or filled with color, you should try to stick with colors that let your beautiful face take center stage instead of competing with it for attention. Plain, subdued colors that work with your coloring put you on display. When choosing the perfect color look for tones that complement or contrast with your skin tone. For example, olive and darker skin tones look great in white or cream while fairer skin tones look best with rich, earthy tones. Embracing colors that look great on you in your photo shoot makes you feel confident in every shot, and we all know nothing is more attractive than confidence.
Unless you are modeling the latest trends in a glossy magazine, you — and not your clothes — are the star of your photo shoot. To keep your shoot all about you, be sure to avoid strong patterns, accessories that make a statement or attention-grabbing colors that distract the viewer from your natural beauty. Speaking of natural beauty, be sure to avoid colors that wash you out at all costs. Your photographer does not want to have to spend hours editing your photos to add contrast to your images when all you needed to do was pick a more appropriate color for your top.
Warm, earthy tones, pastels and cool colors that work with your complexion may be your best friends when it comes to choosing the right color to wear on your shoot; however, that doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your favorite shade of pink to put your best face forward. Brighter colors like pink, red or yellow can provide the perfect pop when appropriately paired with base tones like greens, blues, black, browns and tans. Just remember to go easy on the accents; they should pop in the photo, not dominate it.