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Do clothing colors matter for outdoor portraits?

 
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Aug 24, 2012 08:35 |  #1

A friend of mine asked me to shoot her and a couple of her business associates. She wants some business casual portraits for their new small business, and she wants them shot outside. She prefers a beach background or maybe some palm trees. I don't think it will be hard to find that on location in Venice, FL. :)

Any tips for what color clothing she should wear? Or maybe more importantly what color clothing NOT to wear? I'm not sure if it matters much. Forgive me if this is a silly question. :)

I'm guessing the weather is either going to be very sunny or maybe overcast. And the shoot will be probably in the middle of the day, unfortunately.

Any advice is much appreciated!


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Aug 24, 2012 09:40 |  #2

Light colors and Floral colors work best for me in a beach background.

I feel like earth colors ( specifically browns, tans, greys) tend to make the picture look dull.

If it's a mid day shoot, yellow or white or a pastel color dress will make the picture look great!


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Aug 24, 2012 20:13 as a reply to  @ sidsy's post |  #3

Eschew patterns.

IMO, also eshew greens and cool tones for very pale complexions. Earth tones rule for pale complexions, while dark complexions can take any strong colors.

Overall, if you want the faces to dominate, you want the clothing to more-or-less coordinate with the background while the faces contrast with both clothing and background. The eye is drawn to contrasts, and it's to the faces you want the viewers' eyes drawn.




  
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Aug 24, 2012 21:54 |  #4

I agree with the above. Coordinating colors and backgrounds can go a long way.

I would tell them to stay away from white and black. If you are shooting natural light it is way to easy to blow them out or turn them into a black hole with no detail. Sure it can be delt with. But save the time and effort and have them wear colors.


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Sep 02, 2012 03:51 |  #5

Thanks for your feedback everyone!


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Sep 02, 2012 03:57 |  #6

This sounds like a colour wheel question. She needs colours that complement the scenery but don't vanish into it.


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Sep 05, 2012 15:49 |  #7

sidsy wrote in post #14900734 (external link)
Light colors and Floral colors work best for me in a beach background.

I feel like earth colors ( specifically browns, tans, greys) tend to make the picture look dull.

If it's a mid day shoot, yellow or white or a pastel color dress will make the picture look great!

Agreed, light colors and whites for beach shots are always a favorite.




  
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Sep 19, 2012 03:16 |  #8

Does you know what kind of business she is running? If she running say a clothing company and your going for beach shots then try floral dresses, denim shorts, crop tops
But yeah maybe find out what she actually does before running to the beach in a bikini. If they are going on the business website and she sells say computer parts then thats going to look .. odd aha


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Sep 19, 2012 08:36 |  #9

Glenleephoto wrote in post #15012681 (external link)
If they are going on the business website and she sells say computer parts then thats going to look .. odd aha

Or be the best marketing they have ever had!


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