Drew McWilliams | Photographer | clothing

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ―Ted Grant 


·         wear solid coloured clothing so that we see all of your faces and no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group. Avoid wearing clothing with words, logos or picture on them.

·         choose darker tones for Classic (dark background) and lighter tones for Contemporary (white background) so that your faces are the focus of the image; you will have agreed with Drew which style your shoot will take

·         choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.

·         choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning.


Lighter tones for Contemporary Style


Darker tones for Classic Style


Similar tones of clothing is important

·         choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow  because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger

·         choose long trousers for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg

·         choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait

·         keep jewellery simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face

·         do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes – no fancy up dos with jeans, no pony tails with evening gowns, because your portrait will be more timeless and represent more closely who you are, not just what you look like.”

·         if getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session. Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.

·         try laying the clothes that each member of the family will wear on the bed and ask yourself if any one set will stand out more than the others

·         any problems or questions, just give Drew a call on 07814006540