What to wear

HOW TO PREPARE | MATERNITY SESSION

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was very lucky and felt amazing from the beginning to birth, I enjoyed the experience so much. It was a fascinating time, how my body changed and my skin was amazing, my hair was thick and shiny. I was almost a bit obsessed with documenting. I couldn't wait for my belly to show and I told tons and tons of photos (which unfortunately almost all but a few got erased by accident by my husband. You can imagine how sad I was (still when I think about it) Like most new parents, we had hardly any sleep after the birth, printing photos was the last thing on our mind. Don't make the same mistake I did, please make sure to print out your favourite photos, even from your Iphone! We simply can't rely on digital only. That's also why I decided to focus on creating actual physical print work for my clients.

So now you have decided to invest into a session, to remember this glorious time of your life, here are some tips on how to prepare for your maternity session. 

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PREGNANCY GLOW

  • Moisturize that belly! 
  • Bring along a few props: the ultrasound printout of your baby, perhaps flowers that are in season, or baby shoes.
  • Wear something that you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, stick with solids are best, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans, not the belly panel ones. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly. Lacy dresses are very flattering and elegant. 
  • Accessories like a lovely necklace, earrings are great to bring along to go with your outfits.
  • If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticeable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
  • Do bring your significant other! They are part of the story and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection with the life that is growing inside of you.
  • Bring the big sister/brother. These images are priceless.
  • Get your makeup, hair and nails done will ensure your session to be a success.

Pregnancy is a miraculous time of a woman life, it is so worth to to remember this time.
Book your maternity session early enough to make sure the session falls between 26 to 32 weeks. Usually expecting moms are more mobile and still feeling fresh. Also many women experience water retention near the end of their pregnancy. Please don't wait until the last month to do the session. 

Book your own maternity now and capture this very special of your life.

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WHAT TO WEAR | ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Engagement photo sessions are also usually the first time we will work together and perhaps the first time you and your fiancé have professional photos taken together. That is super-exciting, however, it can also make you two a tiny bit nervous because you don’t know what to expect, what to do, how to act, or what to wear.

To help us build rapport with you before the wedding day, a complimentary engagement session is included with every wedding booking.  I find that couples are more relaxed about photos when the wedding day arrives because they’ve already worked with me at their engagement photo shoot. You are more relaxed in front of our cameras with each other, and we can get to know each other while creating some gorgeous images of just two of you!

I also highly recommend brides to test out their makeup artist before the wedding day. The best is to request a "makeup test" the day of our engagement session. So you can make use of the beautiful makeup as well. Still looking for a makeup & hair artist? K-Pony is your one stop salon where you can get your overall glow!

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO WEAR

1. Choose comfortable clothes: Comfort is the key, it will be noticeable in the pictures if you are not. Also, wear comfortable shoes if the chosen location will include a lot of walking. Think cute flats or boots with a low heel rather than stilettos.
 

2. Choose outfits that reflect your personality: Your outfits should look like “you” and fit your personality.
 

3. Coordinate your outfits with each other: Wear clothes that are the same level of “dressiness.” and wear similar shades that compliment each other. Choose outfits that look best on both of you.
 

4. Choose outfits that work with your location: If we are taking pictures in a field or the mountains, consider clothes with more neutral/natural colors. And if we are taking pictures in a city area, you might consider more urban clothes with bolder colors.
 

5. Choose colors that compliment your skin tone: If you have light skin, pastel tones can wash out your complexion in photographs.
 
Check out my Pinterest board for some inspirations.

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT NOT TO WEAR

1. Clothing accenting your least favorite body parts: If you have certain body parts that you want to hide, don’t wear clothing that accents them. For example, if you dislike your arms, do not wear sleeveless tops or strapless dresses (this also applies to wedding gowns!). If you do not like your legs, do not wear a short skirt or a short dress. Darker tones such as navy blue or black also look great and have a slimming effect.

2. Fluorescent Colors: Fluorescent colors (such as bright orange, red, green) is to be avoided. They tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. When the shirt is so bright, it often also changes the color of the person next to them also.

3. Trendy clothing: Trend goes out of style quickly, think classic!

4. Major changes with your hair and makeup: You want your engagement photos to reflect who you really are, while we recommend a hair & makeup appointment before your session, you shouldn't make drastic changes, just in case you won't like it.

5. Large shirts that are not tucked in. For men, it’s usually better to wear a belt if you are wearing a nice button-up shirt. Sometimes, if untucked shirts are too big or too wide, they don’t look good. Fitted shirts and jackets look much better than wide boxy ones. 

The results of your engagement pictures can be used on your wedding website, album, as wall art, or use as engagement announcements and “save-the-date” cards. Plan your engagement session well ahead will ensure success!  

Book your consultation and reserve a complimentary Engagement Session now!

WHAT TO WEAR | FAMILY SESSION

Deciding what to wear for your family portraits can be as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. Now you've decided to invest into a professional family session, it is pretty essential to consider all the details as these images will be your family treasures and be on display for many years to come.

However, the task of deciding what to wear can be overwhelming! But it doesn't need to be. Here are ten tips to help you select the perfect wardrobe for your upcoming family portrait session.

Family portrait session by Carmen Wong Fisch Photography Basel, Switzerland

1. Coordinating colors not matching.
Pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that fit in that color scheme. Your outfits do not need to match but should go together and share a similar color palette. Also, avoid red, neon green, orange, or bright pink. 

2. Look at the color scheme of your home decor
Are you a fan of bright fun colors? Are you more earthy and neutral? Because you will be displaying these portraits in your home you want to certain that the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.

3. Bring on the accessories! 
I personally love accessories, not only they add to your outfit, they can be really fun to use in a session. Have your husband or son wear a tie for the mom to pull them in for a kiss. Necklaces for the children to play with or hats to play a mysterious look.

4. Put a limit on patterns
Some patterns can be fun, but definitely, it is a no go for everyone on the photo to have a different pattern, it may distract the final image if everyone is wearing something with patterns.

5. Shop in collections
It is always a good idea when you invest into a session, you might as well go something new and in the season. Not only will the clothes be sparkling clean and pressed, you can also take inspirations from their latest collection, if you have more than one child, it will be way easier to buy clothes for all your kids from one store. Their outfits will for sure be coordinated. And saves you lots of time too!

6. Plan ahead!
Once you have booked your family session, begin to plan the wardrobe straight away. You may think that certain dress might fit, or that outfit is clean, but if you wait until the day of or the day before the session, you may have an issue of fitting (kids grow so fast!) it might be dirty or needed to be iron. So don't wait until the last minute!

7. Stay away from cartoon characters
Your little girl loves her Elsa shirt, but you should try to hide it before the session. Characters on shirts can be very distracting.

8. Don't go all white or all black
Not only all white can get easily dirty during a fun family session in the park, (I often ask the whole family to lay down on the grass or leaves to get some from above shots) It is also very easy to be over exposed. Same with black, especially for maternity family session, we want to see your bump, if you are all in black, the sweet bump will look small and hard to tell. 

9. Think classic.
Lastly, these portraits will be on display in your home and treasured for years to come. So think simple, classic outfits, they will give your family portrait an overall timeless feel.

10. Moms, don’t forget about yourself!
As mothers, we dedicate ourselves to our family, do you also forget about yourselves sometimes? You pick out the perfect outfits for everyone, and what about you? Don't just pull something out of your closet that only looks "alright". You need to feel and look AMAZING in your family portrait! I suggest picking something out that looks gorgeous on you, then plan the rest of the family around THAT! It is already hard enough to get yourself IN the photos, so when you are finally in them, you want to feel and look amazing. 

Do you ever feel frustrated and don't know what to wear when you are standing in front of your closet? You are not alone! So don't be afraid to ask for help! My friends, Rachel and Sophie, The Stylemixers can help you solve all your styling problems. They are two wonderful women who are experts in that field. They have helped many women put together their wardrobes, so they feel confident because they know exactly what to wear in any situation or event. Now I call that empowerment! 

Don't forget about your hair & makeup as well! I highly recommend paying a visit to your hairdresser or to my preferred partner salon K-Pony in Kleinbasel. Seraina is a multi-talented beauty expert, not only she can style your hair, she will give you also the last polishing touch, a beautiful makeup that goes with your outfits.  Darling, now you are looking your part as the queen of the castle!

Family portrait by Carmen Wong Fisch Photography Basel Switzerland

Do you need more ideas on what to wear in family photos? Check out my Pinterest boards for some more inspirations.

WHAT TO WEAR | WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PORTRAITS

SELECTING THE PERFECT LOOK
One of the most challenging parts of preparing for a headshot sessions is trying to decide what to wear. Overall there are no strict rules, but there are many factors to consider in order to ensure that you look your best.

STYLING
Be sure to choose outfits that are appropriate for your type of work and industry position.  If you are unsure, then go more conservative with a classic neckline that’s flattering. A V-neck elongate and height to shorter necks, while tank tops look amazing toned arms.  If you want to show off your arms – tank tops can work beautifully, however, long sleeves tend to work better than short sleeves. Add a lightweight well-fitted jacket over a tank to cover arms and give a more polished look.  The neckline is super important! Fitted and tailored clothing works best. Loose or baggy tops will make you look bigger than you might want. I can use my magic on Photoshop to fix pimples, wrinkles, and shine, but oversized or undersized clothing can screw up a great headshot otherwise.

TIP: Put on your outfits for a friend and taking some quick closeup photos with your phone so you can see yourself. Simple is always better. And make sure you transport your outfits in a garment bag to avoid wrinkling them. VERY IMPORTANT! 

COLORS
In general, solids are better than patterns. Although avoid pastels if you have light skin tone – they can wash you out. If in doubt bring one neutral color that is light (think cream, beige or white), one neutral tone that is darker (think black, brown, gray), and then one brighter color option.  If you have long dark brown or black hair and then wear black, your hair will blend more into the clothing, so you may want to consider a lighter colored top. For more mature ladies, lighter colors may be more flattering and fresh than all black as darker colors near face can draw more attention to wrinkles.

Tip: Bring a simple, classic well tailored white blouse. They look good with all hair colors, all skin colors, and reflect the best light. That's what we want! A bright shine radiating from you!

UNDERGARMENTS
My power ladies, please bring along a skin color bra that does not show through your garments and make sure that they fit well and seamless. Nude bras are a must for lighter colors. Strapless bras are great to have and absolutely no ruffled or lacy bras if your shirt fabric is sheer and tight.  Bring a bra that FITS and flatters your body.  If your bra is too tight it can easily make you look overweight, just as a bar that is not supportive enough could also make you look overweight. Make sure to try on your top with your bra and check in bright light to see if you can see through.

TIP: Always go with nude. Bring multiple options in case you decide to go with a different wardrobe styling. Being prepared with options is always better!

ACCESSORIES
Accessories are fun to have, but be sure to choose accessories that do not overpower your face.  A giant pair of earrings or a crazy necklace is not a good choice. When in doubt, I always go with pearls, it is elegant and classy. It works almost with all outfit. 

TIP: Simplicity is always the best.  Choose your accessories wisely, and keep it simple.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR FOR YOUR EMPOWERMENT PORTRAITS

WHAT TO AVOID
Anything that you wouldn't wear to a date. Avoid anything that are too loose or baggy clothing, see through tops, wrinkled tops, crazy busy patterns, big ruffles, (sometimes cap sleeves or loose short sleeves do not work well), jackets that are too little for you, shirts that are too tight causing your buttons to look like they could bust out at any moment.

Keep with a clean classy look will ensure that your photos will have longevity and still flatter you years later. 

So please bring anything that feels good and looks good on you. If you are still unsure of what to wear for your upcoming EMPOWERMENT PORTRAIT SESSION, book a session with STYLEMIXERS! Rachel and Sophie will help you sort that out. 

My goal is to create a truly empowering portrait experience for you from start to finish. This includes styling, make-up and hair, and wardrobe. I recommend all of my clients to schedule in a pre-shoot wardrobe consultation with STYLEMIXERS and have your makeup & hair professionally done with your hairdresser or just go to Seraina of K-PONY, so you will look and feel your absolute best for your Empowerment Portraits!

In need of a brand new look this summer? Book your own Empowerment Portrait Session now!