During the fall is a great time to take portraits here in Virginia. The colors are spectacular and add for a great canvas for you to place your subject on. I had the opportunity to photograph the first half of Jaydi’s Senior Portrait session during the peak color of the fall season a few weeks ago.
Jaydi did a great job in picking a variety of different outfits (seen below) that complimented the session. We discussed prior to the session what time of setting or backdrop we wanted during the session. We chose downtown Fredericksburg, VA as our canvas. This gave us a wide range of textures and colors to work with to include the fall foliage.
The first example below shows that solid colors help focus our attention on the subject. We are not distracted by any patterns or shapes. Choosing the right outfit may be difficult, so if you have trouble deciding discuss it with your photographer prior to the session and they can help you decide on what to wear.
It is important to also dress for the weather. If it is 90 degrees outside you don’t want to be dressed in a heavy coat or if it is 30 degrees you do not want to be in a tank top and shorts. The reasoning is that your client will not be comfortable and it will show in the portraits and it just ma not make since in the final photo. Jaydi choose a combination style to show that it was cool enough out for long sleeves but just warm enough to be wearing a skirt. In the next outfit she accessorized it with nice scarf to add a different look to the image. So when choosing multiple outfits for your session make sure that you have a variety of different colors and looks to add to your portfolio.
In Jaydi’s final outfit she truly captured “Fall” wearing a nice long sleeve solid grey shirt and added a splash of burgundy with the vest, it gave me the feeling that she was enjoying nice cool fall day. The colors worked great with the urban backdrop and the Fall colors we had.
Bottom line is when you are preparing for your upcoming session pick an outfit that represents you and show off who you are. Try to avoid bold patterns and bright distracting colors as much as possible, however if that is your personality then show it off.
Always communicate with your photographer prior to the session to figure out the following:
1) When is the portraits going to be taken
2) Where are the portraits going to be taken
3) What should you where (take pictures of your outfits and share them)
An open line of communication and prior planning will give you phenomenal results for your final portraits.