Here are Fashion Stylist Josie Mendez's top ten suggestions for any photo session:
First and foremost, make sure you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. How you feel in a particular outfit will come through in photos.
Keep in mind the location of the shoot. What kind of colors would look best in that setting?
Mix up colors and textures. It will add depth to an image. It’s ok to wear different colors and patterns as long as they’re in a similar color family.
For family shots, clothes photograph better when you have layers and patterns, not just one shirt in one color. Again, it’s about adding depth which then gives something for the eye to be attracted to.
Pick a color genre–fall colors, brights, darks, primary colors.
Don’t be afraid of fun and vibrant colors. As long as the color doesn’t take the emphasis of the photo away from your face, it will actually help the portrait “pop”.
If you’re taking a family portrait, patterns should complement each other. Colors don't have to match, but they do need to go together. Clothing from the same color palette or based on colors in one outfit tend to create a cohesive look.
Stick to one style. If you’re in a group, make sure everyone is wearing one style of clothing such as formal, casual or contemporary.
Avoid loud patterns, huge logos or words on an outfit. A smaller pattern on part of an outfit will work much better.
Bring accessories or props that pull together the outfit.
Overall, remember to be yourself! The best images are the ones where you are having fun and where your personality shines through.
Now, here are some general suggestions regarding what clothes to bring/wear to your portrait session:
Ruffled blouse with pencil skirt and wide belt
DO wear tops that lengthen the neck; round neck if your thin and svelte; V-neck if you’re top heavy
High-wasted Wide legged Pants
Belts – wide or skinny over tops/blouses
Boot cut trouser jeans/Skinny Jeans
Knee High fashion Boots
Long knit sweaters with a belt
Pair a crochet or Macramé top or vest with an updated pair of bell bottoms and a floppy felt hat for a look that's straight out of the '70s yet oh-so-now.
Hats: A very hot geeky-chic look for 2012 is a retro aviator-inspired "bomber" hat with ear flaps. Also, knit hats and beanies in neutrals, bright colors, or in classic winter snowflake designs - with or without a pompom on top.
Scarves - Faux-fur scarves are super-trendy. Plaid, cable knits, and bright colors are also important this year.
Vibrant colored blouses
Fitted colored T-shirts
Layer modern and retro looks
Button down/collared shirts
Check and Tartan Shirts
Plaid ties worn with an average white shirt
T-shirts: V-neck/crew neck make for good layering pieces or on their own.
To the right, please find a few suggested color palettes for every type of mood.