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Tips: How to get the most out of your photo session. Part II

Tips: How to get the most out of your photo session. Part II Jolene Kaneshige PhotographyWhat colors look best in photos?

Solid colors instead of patterns. What’s the deal? As someone that loves prints and patterns this one is hard for me, but say in the event there is something that needs to be retouched such as a water spot. On the technical side the camera creates what is called “moire pattern,” which means the difficulty level of the edit job on this is close to impossible to edit out. Sometimes patterns can also dominate the photo which takes away the focal point of the photo aka…you!

Okay so solid colors such as: dark rich hues such as turquoise, eggplant, burgundy, deep greens, warm earthy tones, and grays rather than black. Black tends to be too high in contrast and if multiple subjects wear black there is no separation between them. Think a big black blob with 3 or 4 heads.

What are the worst colors to wear in photos?

Pale pastel colors sometimes make the subject look drab and pasty. I usually suggest that clients do NOT wear bright reflective colors such as neon green, neon yellow, neon pink, bright red, bright orange or salmon tones. The bright Hawaiian sun tends to reflect these colors and reflect them on your face or those around you. This is not something easily fixable in Photoshop or fixable at all. Skip the brights!

Should I get my makeup done?

Professional makeup application is very much recommended! It’s important to put your best face forward so to say! The technical reason behind this is because professional camera equipment, while can be helpful in certain aspects, can also accentuate your problem areas. Oily skin or blemishes are very obvious on camera. High quality camera equipment also doesn’t have an easy swipe filter options such as on instagram or snap chat.

Schedule make up application 2 hours prior to the photo session. The make up artist will know everything it takes to get your camera ready!

If you are a DIYer there are a lot of great resources on YouTube to get you started. Actually, I learned a lot of great hair tips from YouTube and also by walking into Sephora.

For those of you that usually don’t wear much makeup at all it’s important to use a powder foundation that matches your skin tone to reduce the level of shine in photos. This is a bare minimum!


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