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When deciding on photo outfits for guys a few things to consider are budget, personal style and options already available. If finances aren't an issue then heading to a gents favorite store will get you all stocked up (Note: A good sales person is worth their weight in gold. Look fore those who are knowledgeable and seem to have a gift for styling). The more budget conscience need only remember there is most likely a bedroom full of options, some just may need to find their way to the laundry.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Keeping with the personal style is very important. Dressing a jeans guy up in slacks will defiantly be impressive and get noticed; however, keeping those major diversions to a minimum is essential. Senior photos are a representation of the graduate today, not the professional adult to be. With that said, keep the following in mind:
Proper Fit - No matter how "in style" an option, if it does not fit well it will not photograph well. Clothing that is too snug will show "everything" and make it difficult to sit or move the arms. Selections that are too large will just look messy and uncaring. Polo shirts should fit well in the shoulders and chest while guys with smaller waist or wide shoulders should go with and athletic cut when wearing button downs. Try on clothes if you have not worn them in a while as your size may have changed.
Proper Condition - Even with new clothes keep an eye out for worn or torn areas as these could rip during the session. Shoes should be clean and though boots are a favorite, having a pair that have lost shape or stitching just does not look good. Inspect all clothing for stains.
Bring multiple pairs of shoes
Bring a belt
Watch out for Logos - Name brands are very popular but instead of having a logo printed across the front, choose smaller more desecrate options.
Dress in Layers - Adding a color T-shirt under a button down or having a jacket are simple ways to create new "looks" without having to change clothes.
Use Caution with Color - Sometimes a color just does not go well with a skin tone. For those who are pale or have a pinkish/red pigment, darker colors usually work best. Also, keep and eye on shirts and especially shorts that are close the the skin tone as this can give the illusion of not having anything on at all.
Beware of Glasses - Many of us need assistance with vision but glasses can be very troublesome. Glare and haze are difficult if not impossible to remove in post. Purchasing a set of frames without lenses will solve both the glare and haze issues while still showing a true representation. Websites such as www.eyebuydirect allow you to upload a photo and try different styles to see what they look like, lenses can easily be added later if the frames are well liked.
Schedule hair cuts about a week before your session.
This allows the skin on your neck to tan or recover from irritation.
Trim your facial hair - All of it.
If you keep it smooth, make sure you shave the morning of your session, especially if your prone to shaving irritation. Shaving in the shower, using a fresh razor and a good shave gel and lotion help to prevent cuts and redness.
If you're a hairy one, tame the beast. Use clippers with different size guards to get the look you want (practicing before hand can help). Shaving the neck also keeps things looking clean
Trim your nose hairs
Yes, these really do show.
Shape unruly eyebrows.
Generally a stylist can trim heavy brows when getting a hair cut; however, more drastic measures may be needed such as waxing. Any such treatments should be done a few days before your session.
Your face, elbows and knees sometimes need a little extra to look their best. Mom or the girl friend should have a moisturizer handy so no need to buy. Avoid greasy lotions as they will stain clothing and cause excess shine.
Trim and clean your nails.
This is not a suggestion. DO IT!!
Most guys hate having their photo taken. Whatever the reason for the dislike, going into a session with a different mind set can change the mundaine into something fun.
HAVE AN OPEN MIND - It's only going to take part of your day and though you will be asked for a few smiles for mom, no one is going to force you to show teeth in every frame (promise).
BRING A FRIEND - Not only can a friend help to keep the atmosphere entertaining they can double as prop holders.
SHARE IDEAS OR SUGGESTIONS - If you have seen things you like or just have ideas of your own feel free to share, after all these are you're portraits. Adding an opinion or thought might be just what your photographer needed to complete the perfect shot that has been building in their head.
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE - There is nothing more aggravating than to be halfway to a session and remember something you left at home. Gathering all accessories and ironing clothes (and/or maybe washing) the night before removes the stress of trying to get it together last minute.
ENJOY THE DAY - Senior portraits are the culmination of the last 12 years, take the time to enjoy and reflect.