Say yes to the dress!

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Have you been eyeing a gorgeous dress, but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: there's no such thing as "too dressed up" when it comes to portrait sessions, so don't be afraid to have some fun!

Excerpts from our style guide. Click       to view the full guide! 


Say yes to the dress! There's nothing more flattering than a long, flowy dress. Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter the female body- which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not many pantsuits! We recommend choosing long, flowy dresses or skirts because they are flattering to all body types, look amazing on camera and bring extra movement and dimension to your photos. 

Maxi (or floor length) skirts and dresses will give us the best "twirl factor," add more romance to your walking photos and look especially gorgeous when juxtaposed with nature like the desert, forest, fields or beach. 

Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses or midi skirts photograph beautifully as well. Our clients who choose to bring two dresses will sometimes choose one of each! We recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress (or skirt!) or two! You won't regret it!

Choosing colors! The camera loves sophisticated color. When choosing colors for your outfits, we recommend selecting lighter, neutral tones and more muted shades. Bright, bold or neon colors are distracting and take the focus away from where it should be: YOU!

You can never go wrong with light neutral colors like cream, taupe, camel, or light gray. The camera loves shades of soft pinks and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light-colored neutrals. That softer, more pastel-leaning color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments. 

Flattering your features! In our experience, every woman (regardless of her size or shape) has an area of her body that she's self conscious about. Recognizing the areas you're self conscious about when selecting your outfit is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that compliment your natural features is the best way to ensure you'll love the way you look in your photos. 

Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for longer length sleeves. If your dress has shorter sleeves (or no sleeves) consider bringing a cute jacket, blazer, cardigan or pashmina to incorporate into your look. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera. For most women, skinny straps actually make arms look BIGGER. So we recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is slimmer looking arms. If it's cooler outside, we suggest bringing a warm coat (the longer the better!) to wear when we're not shooting so you don't freeze in your dress. 

Click       to read the full style guide where you can read tips on shoes, hair and makeup, and other styling recommendations!


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Upstate, NY Wedding Photographers