What to Wear to Your Portrait Session

What to Wear to Your Portrait Session


– Hey, everyone, this is Marcus with Marcus Anthony Photography. In this video, I’m gonna tell you exactly what to wear to
your portrait session so you feel confident and look your best. So let’s get started. At Marcus Anthony Photography, we photograph against
hand-painted backdrops. They lend themselves very nicely to simple, timeless clothing. I’ve put together a few examples here that’ll I’ll show you in a second. But before that, I’m gonna go over four simple rules. Rule number one, stay away from distracting patterns and logos. Your portraits are meant to be, meant to showcase the personal connection that you have between your family members, so any sort of distracting clothing is gonna take away from that. Stay away from things like this, any sort of graphic Ts with
crazy big logos on them or anything that’s way
too colorful, like plaid. Anything like that is gonna be distracting and will take away from the connection that you have with your family. Rule number two, coordinate your tones. You don’t have to do
the matchy-matchy thing where everyone’s wearing the exact same pair of Dockers, but I highly recommend you coordinate your colors. These are the examples. I’ve put together three clothing examples. First is black. I have a dark tone and
a light tone backdrop. The black clothing looks very, very good against my darker backdrop. For Mom, we have a simple dress with the black and a
little bit of white tulle to give it a bit of contrast. For the kids, a simple
long-sleeve black T-shirt. For Dad, something like
what I’m wearing is perfect, a long-sleeve Henley. For the white example, we have a nice little
dress for little Tiffany. We a long-sleeve white blouse for Mom. For Dad and son, long-sleeve button-downs. Obviously this isn’t the
most exciting wardrobe, but again, the idea is to put the focus on the connection between you and your loved ones, not give a fashion show. For the last example,
a little bit of color. For this, I put a red, white and blue, so three colors. Try and limit it to three. Anything more than that
is a little distracting. For Mom, we have a red dress. For little Timmy, we have a red shirt, and blue jeans would look great with this. For little Suzy, we have a white top and a red skirt. For Dad, a simple red polo. You get the idea. I highly recommend you
coordinate your tones. Rule number three,
coordinate your footwear. Most people in my studio go barefoot because I tend to crop in pretty close on the photos. However, if you insist on wearing shoes, make sure everyone’s
wearing a similar style. If Mom’s wearing stilettos, make sure the kids aren’t wearing Nikes. If they don’t have any sort of dress shoes and you only have stilettos, I would say ditch the shoes all together and just go barefoot. Everyone will be more comfortable and it’ll just look better. Rule number four, coordinate your style. Let me start off by
saying this is probably the least important rule. I’ve seen a mom wear a cocktail dress and the kids wear T-shirts, and it actually turned out pretty good. If you’re going for something a little bit more formal
and something that will stand the test of time, always err on the side
of more traditional. That means dresses for ladies and suits for men. That look will especially look great against my luxury hand-painted backdrops. That’s a wrap. Thank you so much for watching. (laughs) If you have any questions,
just let me know. You can email me,
[email protected]; you can call me, 910-444-0162; or you can go to my website
for more information, marcusanthonyphoto.com I’ll see you at the shoot.

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