Sunshine and warm weather are right around the corner. Who’s ready? I know I am! It means we are that much closer to senior picture season and capturing all your beauty. It’s been talked about before, but it’s always a top concern… what do you wear for your pictures? Truly there is no wrong answer, just some tips to consider when picking. For more general tips, look back at this blog post.
But now, for more specifics for your possible outfit choices… If you are interested in wearing a dress as one of your four or five outfits, keep reading! Here are three things you want to keep in mind when picking out a dress.
Colors and Patterns
It’s true; there are some colors that are just more flattering in pictures. Black is a slimming color. Have you ever bought a pair of black shoes and thought ‘dang, my feet look TINY’? Its because black slims your feet down. A simple black dress can make you appear slimmer and can be very flattering in pictures! Little tip, you can accessorize a simple black dress with so much changing your look instantly. Those accessories could include a cardigan, meaningful necklace, a flannel, a change in shoes to go from more formal to casual. Those are just a few ideas!
Each of you has a different skin tone, eye color, hair color that adds to your unique beauty. With that though, colors vary with how they compliment each of those. As an example, I have very fare skin. Very light pinks tend to wash my skin out and aren’t as appealing. More vibrant colors tend to bring out the beauty of my skin tone better so for my pictures I went with that. Or as another example, I have blue eyes and bright blues and shades of purple really bring out the color of my eyes. You might have a color that you feel like makes your eyes pop. Would highly suggest incorporating that color in a dress (or at least an outfit) for your shoot!
As a general rule, small patterns get lost on camera. They often appear as color blobs! Stay away from dresses that have small patterns. You will want to look for dresses that have larger patterns, such as big flowers or bigger plaid, or simple colored dresses.
Waistbands... Does it have one?
Above we talked about how black is a slimming color. Well on the opposite white can make you look boxy. BUT white can photograph beautifully. Your school might have a dress code for your graduation. I know mine did… girls had to wear a white dress. If that’s the case for you, it might be a fun addition to your shoot if you wore the dress you were going to wear at the ceremony. If wearing a white dress fits into your vision, please wear it! Just consider the fit when picking out the dress. Because of the nature of the color white, a dress with a waistband is much more flattering on camera. It helps show your beautiful shape instead of making you a box.
This idea is extra important to keep in mind with a white dress; however, it applies to any dress. In general, dresses that have a change in flowiness (yes, that’s a word ;)) are more flattering in your images. Here are a couple dresses you could look at to give you an idea of what we are talking about.
How do you feel?
Like anything, how you feel is most important. When you feel beautiful and confident, your images show it. Pick the dress that YOU like the most. It’s okay to get opinions from your friends and family though in the end you have the final say. The dress that makes you smile with your eyes, admire yourself in the mirror, and twirl in excitement is the perfect dress.
Use these tips to guide your dress search, but don’t limit your search either. There are always some exceptions to these rules. If you find a dress that just calls your name, lets talk about it during your design and wardrobe consultation. Sarah Lindsay Photography is here to help you find the perfect dress for your shoot.
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