Black and White Portrait
Clothing is one factor in determining the success of a portrait
Whether contemporary or traditional, black and white portrait images are always classical in style. To me, the idea behind black and white is a timeless image to express a powerful connection with loved ones. So you don’t want anything in the image to distract you from seeing the faces and the connection.
Dark clothing with a dark background
In this family everyone is dressed in dark colors and the background and chair is dark. Navy, dark grey and brown are better choices than black, as black absorbs the light and makes it difficult to see the clothing texture. I like the clothing to be different and not match. It helps your portrait have more personality.
For this pregnancy portrait the lace is feminine and makes for an elegant portrait.
Light clothing with a medium tone background
Black, white and grey doesn’t work very often but the tri colors add to the dynamics for a perfect family portrait with a spunky three year old.
Dress to compliment your pet’s color
What you wear depends on the color of your pets too. White pets look great against dark clothing like in this portrait. If there is more than one person in the portrait I suggest covering the arms with ¾ or full length sleeves.
A few other tips for a black and white photo:
- wear light color lipstick and nail polish
- make sure the clothing is new
- a little more make up than usual is helpful
- clothing texture makes a more interesting image
Have a lovely day,
Barbara Glaeser is a photographer and artist. She has been in love with photography for over 25 years and still enjoys learning all there is to the business and art of photography.Want to share?:
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