2020 Spring + Summer Lookbook
Updated: Jul 1
In need of fashion inspiration for an upcoming portrait session or senior photoshoot? You've come to the right place! I may not be a fashionista, but I know what apparel generates great photographs and make photographers happy!
Let's break it down...
If you're lost, with no clue of where to start, I advise you to take a look at the prepared outfits. If you're a stylish individual seeking tips for how to style outfits you love, take a look at the outfit tips. Overall, whether you get inspiration from the prepared outfits or tips, the point is to create a look that you feel comfortable and confident in.
Being located in Arizona, the majority of my seniors who book between April and May grow concerned with the extreme heat during their shoot. This lookbook will feature outfits both for warmer and cooler temperatures. To get a full look at the collection, watch the video below. It explains my go-to pieces and how they look paired together. Factor in that this collection's pieces and color palette are specific to my skin tone, hair type, body shape, and personal preference of style; this wardrobe is meant as a foundation, which you can springboard off of to create your outfits.
Here is a downloadable or screenshot-able image listing all of the pieces in this collection and where I found them:
Tips and Tricks to Obtaining Great Pics!
We all want that award-winning shot that everyone on social media stops scrolling to marvel at. So why not take a crack at piecing together your own look? With these handy tips, you will be able to piece together an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident, while also making your photographer's job easier.
Tip #1: Keep it simple.
To all the overthinkers and worriers, remember that you do not need to be Anna Wintour. Keep your outfits simple, and ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in them. We want the images to focus on YOU, not your outfit. So, do not sweat it! Here are examples of simple outfits my seniors have worn that are also super chic!
Tip #2: If all else fails, stick to the staples.
If you are struggling to piece together an outfit, stick to the staples. Staple pieces are simple, essential pieces in a wardrobe. The staple pieces of clothing that everyone should have in their closet are:
1) A crisp, white T-Shirt or tank top
2) A slick, black T-Shirt or tank top
3) A flattering pair of jeans
4) A black pair of leggings or paints
5) A solid-colored skirt
6) A nice, button-up dress shirt
7) A jean jacket
8) Solid-colored belts
9) Minimalistic sneakers (white is always great, but they show wear and tear)
10) A little solid-colored or simple-patterned dress
11) A comfortable pair of flats
12) A simple pair of boots
13) A simple pair of heels
14) A blouse
15) A solid-colored skirt
10) A smooth pair of trousers
11) A pair of slick dress-shoes
This list is based on what I believe to be essential; depending on preference, this list could be interpreted as either overabundant or incomplete. For more essentials, click on the links in each section. Furthermore, if you do not have all of these, it's no big deal, but these are my old reliables of clothing that, in a pinch, allow me to put together any type of outfit. Feel free to mix and match these pieces to create some killer combinations.
Tip #3: Be aware of your environment
Referring back to tip #1, please realize that if you're shooting in front of a mural or building with intricate details, colors, patterning, or shapes that it is best to wear a simple outfit. Below, I have some examples of outfits that are simple and compliment both the individual and the environment:
Tip #4: Have Fun
A portrait session is meant to be a fun, memorable experience! Rock whatever look you create and showcase who you are! The process of putting together outfits can be stressful, but hopefully, after seeing the lookbook and reading these tips, you feel better prepared, inspired even, to compile your outfits for your session!
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