Melanie Kay requested a makeup tutorial on what to wear when getting your portrait taken. I think the natural look is a great way to go with maybe a boost of color here and there (choose one: eye, lip, cheek). Since I’ve already done the makeup tutorial for natural makeup, I did a step beyond natural here.
Tips for portrait makeup:
~Don’t try anything new to you on the day of the photo! Why? possible allergic reactions, what if you hate it and that was your plan?, some makeup takes practice
~Do a trial run of your makeup before the session, especially if it’s new!
~If you require heat for your hair-do, do that first and then your makeup, so that it doesn’t melt.
~If you are portraiting outside in the heat, bring powder, mirror and other makup, touch-up often! Also bring plenty of water with a STRAW so that you can stay hydrated and not mess up your lips.
~Ask your photographer if he/she photoshops the pictures, this can save any flubs that happen.
~Accentuate your best features. If you have amazing lips, make it about those and bring the eye down. If you want your eyes to stand out (this is a portrait after all), accentuate the eyes.
~A sidenote: I personally am NOT a fan of wearing matching clothes. Color coordination is fun, but be creative about that. Don’t do shades of one color or everyone wearing denim/khakis. It takes a lot of planning but the end result is worth it. You are spending a lot of money on this, hiring a professional, and if it’s a big family photo, traveling distances to be together to capture it, so do the homework!
Examples of well-styled family photos:
Design Mom (of course)
I love perusing this blog for inspiration.
This photographer always has fun examples, the front page of the FAMILY PORTRAITS gallery has someone I link to often!
And for what NOT to do, check out this blog.
I worked really hard on the styling of this photo taken by Rachel Gundersen:
I didn’t approve every single outfit in this photo, but I do think it came together very well in the end. I made my family send me photos of themselves in their outfits and I communicated a lot through snapfish. I am pretty sure I bothered a lot of them, but I didn’t care, I was on a mission. I also suggested a dressed up or dressed down look depending on people’s individual comfort and personality.
Stay tuned for a tutorial on smiling for your portrait!