What do I Wear to a Photo Shoot?

It’s time for your senior pictures! You may be asking, what do I wear? What do I bring? Well, don’t worry, because we are here with a Senior Photo Shoot style guide!

Follow the tips below to get the most out of your Senior photos!

Keep your outfits visually simple
Solid colors and simple patterns look best on camera! Avoid busy patterns and large logos or words. Textured fabrics such as cotton and wool are great options, stay away from silks or satin.

Have an outfit plan
Your number of outfit changes will depend on which session you choose. Always plan out your outfits ahead of time and bring extra ones! You may change your mind once you see the backgrounds and sets in person.

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Don’t be afraid to be diverse with your outfits
You may be tempted to just bring your favorite everyday outfits, but be sure to bring something a little dressier. Variety is key!

Apply your makeup normally
Powder, eyeshadow or lipstick with glitter or shine may cause a reflection from the flash so try to stick to matte finishes. Matte powder is your friend! Bring it with you even if you did your makeup, you may need to reapply to avoid shine.

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Stick with hairstyles you know
Your hair needs to be styled in a way that you are comfortable with, so don’t try a new hairstyle for your shoot. If you need to get your haircut, try to go at least a week in advance to give your hair time to adjust and look normal.

Pay attention to details
Check your nails for chipped polish and go with simple colors that won’t distract from your outfits. Try to avoid going out in the sun for long periods of time right before your shoot. Nobody wants sunburns or tan lines in their senior pictures!

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Accessorize
Hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, props… these items can be very important. They help show off your personality and make your photos all about you!

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Flaunting Figures and Wearing Confidence

Alright, this one is for you ladies! One of my favorite blog sites is HelloGiggles. They posted an article about the ill affects of body shape guides. The basic point of the article was how those guidelines limit what a woman can/should wear based on her shape. To an extent, I agree with that article. Because you are shaped a certain way does by no means mean you should be limited to certain pieces of clothing. So, I felt inspired to write a piece on flattering silhouettes for highlighting various body parts! We all have things we want to show off! Don’t focus on what you think you should cover up, focus on the aspects you love! This is all based on my experiences with friends, family, and myself. Don’t be an apple, a pear, an hourglass, or a triangle, be a blank canvas!

Let’s begin with my fellow ladies who are on the bustier side. Let’s be honest, dresses aren’t always our friend. Those adorable, strappy, open-back dresses and shirts that are popular don’t exactly lend a hand in the support department. busty dressThough we can’t get away with strappy, there are very cute options for us that also allow us to wear bras and remain fashionable. Anything that cinches below the bust line is perfect. Your bust is supported and the shape is flattering! Though peplums are an acquired taste, they do make me feel great when I wear them. And once again, the ladies are tamed in them!This dress from Urban Outfitters is great because you can still wear a bra but have the flowy feel of other dresses. This peplum shirt from Forever 21 also makes  an excellent example!   peplum

Now for the ladies who have some junk in the trunk. Flowing skirts and dresses always look adorable on those with a bigger lucky jeanslace skirtbottom. And, of course, a rockin pair of jeans. I have a best friend with this body type and she bought an adorable skirt at Forever 21 that she found comfortable and looked adorable. Jeans I know can be frustrating for her because her waist size is smaller than her bum, but when you find a brand that fits well, stick with it!  Sometimes, expensive denim is the way to go for a perfect fit. Try Lucky or Citizens!

I carry my weight in my stomach. It can be frustrating but hey, what can I do. For me, I like minimizing the attention my clothes bring to my middle. So, I like to wear high waisted skirts, empire waist dresses, and shirts that aren’t clingy. boat

But really, the most important thing is wear what makes you feel confident! Don’t focus on the shape you may be defined as. Most of us vary anyway, so find what you like and go with it!

Feel free to post about some of your favorite looks!

Dare to be Different: A Look at Style with Tara Ferreira

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Designer, Tara Ferreira

As I walk up to local designer Tara Ferreira, she’s sporting a well constructed top knot, a cool summer dress layered with a crocheted vest, and glasses. Tara isn’t the only stylish one at the coffee shop. She toted along her four year old daughter who is decked out in vintage clothing (her shirt actually belonged to our School Relations and Marketing Director, Claudia Dencer, when she was kid). For a living, Tara is a photo stylist, not to be confused with a photographer. A client will hire her to give their shoot a certain look, and it’s Tara’s job to recreate their vision.  If that isn’t cool enough, she also designs and makes clothing, jewelry, and paintings. It may come as a surprise that when asked if she thought she would be designing and styling photos in high school, Tara responded “I never thought I would. I wanted to be an art teacher.” It truly is art that she produces on a daily basis, whether she’s recreating retro scenes for a shoot, using Florida Gator skin and  woolly mammoth bone beads to create unique pieces of jewelry (displayed below), or recreating paintings.

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Tara’s daughter, Opal

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Tara wearing her mother’s wedding dress.

When it comes to fashion, Tara gravitates toward a retro-modern look, crediting Brigitte Bardot and Jackie O as a couple of her fashion icons.  This mix of the old and the new is evident in her clothing designs. She takes vintage pieces and reworks them to create modern looks. Though she loves Michael Kors and Neiman Marcus, she is aware that all of that can be pricey, so she likes to use them more for inspiration as opposed to current purchases. When I asked Tara what fictional character she would like to meet, she mentioned another style icon: “Lana Del Ray! She’s her own fictional character. She branched off and created Lana Del Ray.” Tara, like Lana, pulls off that retro-modern style flawlessly (see her modeling her mother’s wedding dress, which is 50 years old. She styled the shoot but Daybreak Studios photographed her).

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One-of-a-kind jewelry creations! The middle is made of alligator skin!

When asked what her favorite part of design is, Tara, without hesitation, answered “making something one of a kind.” Though full of charm, St. Augustine is still very small, so people tend to shop at the same places and end up with the same pieces. Tara enjoys creating unique pieces that no one else will have.  Her clothing designs clearly encompass that idea, and her jewelry designs do as well. That’s right people, she doesn’t stop at clothing, she uses her designing expertise to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces!

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Some of Tara’s reworked clothing.

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Some of Tara’s reworked clothing!

Tara first got a taste for the design process in high school. “My mom would make all of my dresses. We had to out of necessity. So I was designing back then I guess.”   Tara explains that they didn’t have a lot of money, so she would tell her mom what she wanted her dresses to look like and her mom would sew them. Though she was basically designing in high school, Tara didn’t embrace her knack for  the unique quite yet: “I tried to fit in. I didn’t really go off in to my own niche until college. In art school it was encouraged ‘the weirder the better!'” Now, Tara really enjoys creating those “weird” pieces. Though she loves designing, she is adamant that she never wants to be mass produced! Tara is very clear that once something is produced in quantity, it loses everything she loves about her designs: the uniqueness. She would love to get in more boutiques to have her individual looks on display!

When speaking with someone so talented and fashion forward, it is only right to get some fashion advice! Staying trendy isn’t always simple, so how can you keep up with all the latest fashion? Tara’s advice to stay current is 1)buy a lot fashion magazines and find looks that seem to be trending. 2) Utilize Pinterest! You can find your favorite fashion bloggers or people with style you want to emulate and follow their boards.

To wrap things up, Tara Ferreira is a refreshing, amazingly talented, jack-of-all-trades designer. She can recreate anything and takes pride in doing so. What’s the one piece of advice she has for you fellow trendsetters? “Start your own trends! Don’t do what everyone else does. Be weird…weird is good!”Kimonos

Want to see more of Tara and her pieces? Check out her website at stylediner.com and find her on Instagram (StyleDiner).

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Two of Tara’s art originals