What to Wear For Senior Portraits

What to Wear for Senior Portraits

The first question that comes to most of my clients mind as they consider having their senior portraits taken is what should I wear? So to answer all your questions I have written this article to give you confidence that you are making the right choice and now you are ready for a wonderful photo session.

What to Wear

I have put together a few suggestions on clothing to help you have a great portrait session creating truly flattering images.

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What to wear for senior portraits

First and foremost, you really want your face and expressions to stand out in your portrait. Everything else is secondary. When photographed against a medium or dark background, dark or medium toned colors photograph best for your close-up poses. And of course, darker shades are more slimming.

For shirts and tops, avoid colors that are too similar to your skin color. (These might be a brown, beige, tan, or very pale peach, and very pale gray). For many people these shades can drain the color from your face, making you appear washed-out.

Bring a variety of color, don’t bring all blue outfits even if it is your favorite color. Change up the style, bring some dressy, some semi-dressy, and some casual outfits that express who you are.

When planning your outfits think about your complete look from head to toe. We will taking photos that are close-up, full length, and some in between. So you want to think about shoes and accessories too.

What to wear for Senior portraits

Casual and Stylish

Casual portraits give you much more variety in clothing, color and style. We can also be much more creative with our digital imaging.

Girls

You can choose your favorite sports outfit, sundress, slouchy sweaters, shorts or jeans outfit. Pick the colors you really like. Chances are, they’re colors others say look really good on you, too. Textures are great, as are interesting hats, belts, jackets and scarves.

Guys

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You can choose your jeans, casual or sports wear, letterman jacket. You may want to bring your sports uniform and equipment.  I have been finding really great results with guys in solid colors and long selves.   Like this picture of Joe above,  It is awesome .    BTW, use the color of the shirt to blend with skin tones or eyes.

Dressier Looks

Girls

Wear a neckline that is flattering to your face and neck: Round faces, square jaw lines, or shorter necks look best in a v-neck as opposed to a round or crew neck. Thin faces, pointy chins, and very long necks look better in a boatneck, crew neck, or round neckline.

Avoid tops with large, contrasty, distracting patterns. Solid colors are much better. Unless your arms are super-skinny, avoid short sleeves because they make arms look heavier and shorter. If you feel your arms are heavy, sleeveless looks are great but avoid “spaghetti” straps. They too can draw attention away from the face.

Guys

A sport coat and pants work great. An alternative look would be a dress shirt and a sweater that is a solid color or has a slight pattern. If you want to wear only a dress shirt and tie, wear a colored shirt. White shirts look best under a jacket.

Outdoor Portraits

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Bring an outfit that blends with the colors of the outdoors, be it the park or the beach. If you are the outdoor sports kind of person, let’s create something special with your gear.

Wear blue jeans or khaki pants unless you want a dressier look (girls, wear longer, flowing dresses.)

Additional Tips

Be sure to include one outfit mom will like– we can still do plenty of stuff you like!

Be sure to iron any of your clothing that is wrinkled prior to you portrait session.

If you choose clothing with large words on it – please bring an alternate piece because somethimes text on clothing may not photograph well.

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Learn the Fundamentals of Photography

You can learn the fundamentals of photography

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Nowadays, however, those words are in danger of being swallowed by the existential void.

Over 90 million digital images are uploaded each day to Instagram alone, which has led some critics to comment on the sensory overload of photographs floating around cyberspace.

Learn the fundamentals of photography

Consequently, it’s humbling to be sent a reminder of a time when photography was a much more laborious – but some would argue more valuable – process.

That, however, will remain a subjective viewpoint.

To remind us how far photography has come, though, this interesting timeline shows its evolution of from 1000AD to the present day, and highlights some extremely important technological advances in between.

For example, did you know that the first fixed, permanent photograph from nature – View from the Window at Le Gras – was taken by a French scientist?

How about the first color photograph?

Well, that was created by a Scottish physicist who photographed the image three times through red, blue and yellow filters before recombining the images into one colour composite.

Hard to imagine anyone going to such lengths these days, isn’t it?

However, for many budding photographers, it’s important to know the historical processes – and the science behind them – in order to fully appreciate the art.

To do this, most amateurs would be well advised to enroll in a professional photography course.

By learning the fundamentals during a degree course, up and coming photographers can begin to understand the professionalism required and the relevance of these processes when trying to develop a career in photography.

In addition, it’s crucial that a wide range of photography skills are gleaned – not just digital photography – which is key in building an impressive portfolio to send to potential employers.
This, along with studying histories, theories and modern practices, encourages students to experiment and take risks in order to push the envelope and begin to create their own version of photographic history.

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Amazon Closes Minnesota Accounts

Amazon Closes Minnesota Accounts

Amazon Closes Minnesota Accounts

I received this email below from Amazon.com this morning for all of my business accounts there.   This is another great example of terrible policy produces terrible results.  Thanks Governor Dayton and Democrats, much of my business revenue has just been devastated.

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We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account will be closed and your Amazon Services LLC Associates Program Operating Agreement will be terminated effective June 30, 2013. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional Minnesota state tax collection legislation passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. As a result, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon Site after June 30 nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Minnesota residents.

Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to July 1, 2013, will be processed and paid in full in accordance with your regular advertising fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of June 30, 2013, any final payments will be paid by August 30, 2013.

While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress. Congressional legislation is the only way to create a simplified, constitutional framework to resolve interstate sales tax issues and it would allow us to re-open our Associates program to Minnesota residents.

We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and look forward to re-opening our program when Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Sincerely,

The Amazon Associates Team

Amazon Closes Minnesota Associates Accounts

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Balboa Park Spanish Architecture

These images are from a recent photographic expedition to San Diego CA. The purpose of the trip was to capture early spring in southern Californian in a location that combines laid back sea side culture with the opulence of the elite wealthy culture and the military culture of the area.

These images today are showing a part of the architecture and beauty. These images are from Balboa Park right by San Diego Zoo.

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Casa del Prado Balboa Park San Diego

These images are from a recent photographic expedition to San Diego CA. The purpose of the trip was to capture early spring in southern Californian in a location that combines laid back sea side culture with the opulence of the elite wealthy culture and the military culture of the area.

These images today are showing a part of the architecture and beauty. These images are from Balboa Park right by San Diego Zoo.

Casa del Prado Balboa Park San Diego
The former Food & Beverage Building (today’s Casa de Balboa, which houses the Balboa Art Conservation Center, Museum of Photographic Arts, Museum of San Diego History & Archives and San Diego Model Railroad Museum), the Casa del Prado (San Diego Botanical Foundation, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego Floral Association, San Diego Junior Theater and the San Diego Youth Symphony) and the House of Charm (Mingei International Museum and San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist) were also built for the 1915 Exposition as temporary wood-and-plaster structures and have all since been reconstructed.
www.balboapark.org/info/history

A much more interesting post is at the new website.

http://www.lettherebelightfineart.com/photography/casa-del-prado-balboa-park-san-diego/

 

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Balboa Park Reflecting Pool – San Diego California

San Diego Botanical Garden – Reflecting Pool

Balboa Park is a primary attraction in San Diego and the region.
The park’s gardens include Alcazar Garden, Botanical Building, Desert Cactus Garden, Casa del Rey Moro Garden, Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, Bird Park, George W. Marston House and Gardens, Palm Canyon, and Zoro Garden.

The Botanical Building, designed by Carleton Winslow, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. It contains large specimen palms and other plants and sits next to a long reflecting pool on the El Prado side.
Wiki
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balboa_Park_(San_Diego)

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Balboa Park (San Diego) – Architecture

These images are from a recent photographic expedition to San Diego CA. The purpose of the trip was to capture early spring in southern Californian in a location that combines laid back sea side culture with the opulence of the elite wealthy culture and the military culture of the area.

These images today are showing a part of the architecture and beauty. These images are from Balboa Park right by San Diego Zoo.

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park in San Diego, California.[3] In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park’s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. Today, Balboa Park is managed and maintained by the stewardship of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Diego.
WIKI
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balboa_Park_(San_Diego)

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Hotel del Coronado – San Diego CA

These images are from a recent photographic expedition to San Diego CA. The purpose of the trip was to capture early spring in southern Californian in a location that combines laid back sea side culture with the opulence of the elite wealthy culture and the military culture of the area.

More information can be found at the new site.
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Fleming United Methodist Church

Fleming United Methodist Church – End of Winter.

Some good friends allowed me to use their cabin for a brief much needed mid winter sabbatical. There was one small condition. I had to capture a few images of the place. How could I not? It was so gorgeous and peaceful that I had no choice. So these are some of the things that I had seen.

Fleming United Methodist Church Info

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World Premiere of LetThereBeLightFineArt.com

Welcome to the World Premiere of LetThereBeLightFineArt.com

The website WayneMoran.com is functional and gets a ton of traffic but I have been getting feedback for years that it does not really display the fine art nature of my photography in a user friendly and it certainly needed a major overhaul. Instead of risking losing all of the current traffic that it gets by deleting all kinds of existing content I decided it was time to launch an entirely new website that complete focuses on my Fine Art Photography.

Let There Be Light Fine Art Photography of Wayne Moran

Let There Be Light Minnesota Fine Art Photography of Wayne Moran

So without further delay I would like to introduce you to the new site. The new website is Let There Be Light Fine Art. You can find it at www.LetThereBeLightFineArt.com. This current website is not going to go away but this new one allows me a platform to showcase the best of the best of my Fine Art Photography.

I have been thinking about doing this work for several months and finally I was able to take a little time away from my normal work schedule and focus on this project. Alas it is finally completed.

This new website is basically the online portfolio of the images that people have responded to most passionately. You can see the site at www.lettherebelightfineart.com

The goals that I wanted to accomplish with this new website were threefold:

  • Make the design modern, beautiful and wonderfully functional
  • Make the website fully mobile friendly
  • To make sure the fine art pieces were displayed in a stunning manor

Website Design Process

I worked with a fine people at OxRun LLC  to decide on the right look and feel for the whole website. From there we had to select the right theme that would give us the look and feel we were hoping for. Then I reached out to all my friends in the social space to help me select the best of the best images.
Of course that was a difficult and painstaking process. When an artist has so many emotions wrapped up into his/her work, critical feedback can be very difficult to hear. But this precise feedback is exactly what it takes to come up with a list of the best of the best.
I want to publicly take the time to thank everybody that gave their blood, sweat and tears to this project so I could have the best images. Thank You

Features of the Website

  • Two ways to view the images. Stroll through the Gallery or Portfolio view
  • Blog totally focused on Photography

Free Print Giveaway

To celebrate this momentous event I am having a drawing for free print. You can find all of the details here.  Free Print Giveaway

So go ahead and give the new site a test drive. I would love to hear your feedback of things you like and things that could be improved.

And of course, enter The Drawing for the Free Print.

World Premiere of LetThereBeLightFineArt.com

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