What to wear.. is an eternal questions for many women, but what about a model? Here are a couple tips to think about when planning the shoot with the model (note the-- with the model).
- Shooting Outdoors? If you are shooting outdoors aim to pick an outfit that not only meets the concept, but colors that compliment the surroundings. Will the model blend in with the background? Darker colors or even shades of white tend to work well versus bright pinks or oranges (unless of course you want to throw the background completely out of focus). by the way- if it rains, do you have a cover up for an expensive wardrobe? Is there a safe place to change clothes if needed?
- What about indoors? Some of the same principles apply, but you probably have a little more control over what backgrounds you choose. Think about lighting to separate the model from the background or to accent the clothing if needed.
- Budget? Does the model have sufficient wardrobe and accessories? "Although trade for..' is commonly used for models and photographers trading a local store or wardrobe designer for prints is one way you can obtain a certain wardrobe easily. Renting of course is always an option. Obviously be careful if you use this route that the clothing is not damaged or even rained upon. Visit your local fabric store, even if you can not sew. Many fabric stores offer an variety of fabrics that can be used creatively as an outfit or even background material. Velcro, iron on strips, button clips, hot glue can be used and in some cases even an "A" clamp!
- Stripes, Patterns, solids: Solids are always a safe bet with most people. Horizontal stripes can make a subject look a little heavier while vertical stripes can be slimming at times. Dresses with heavy patterns can actually pull the viewer away from the person in your image. Some patterns may bleed over into themselves depending upon lighting.
- Colors: Dark colors are typically slimming on most people. Light or bright colors can actually make some people look larger or even draw attention to a certain area of the body. There are volumes of material available that explain the psychology of colors and how we may emotionally react to certain colors.
- Accessories: Accessories such as belts or a sash can be helpful at times. You can create a waistline where one may not be clearly defined. Dresses that have very high waistlines (just under the bust) are not always flattering. Shoes can be a great asset depending upon what is chosen. Typically dark and a simple style are best but fancier shoes can be stylish. Be careful with shoes that may bring unwanted attention to the legs or shorten the shape of the leg.
- Groups: Stress that the group be dressed in a similar fashion to show relationship of the members within the group. This does not necessarily mean uniforms, but dramatically different dress can ruin a unified picture no matter how well composed.
- Skin: Most viewers attention will drift toward exposed skin. If the theme of the images supports that great.. If not be aware that exposed skin may pull away from your overall composition.