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7 TIPS TO DRESSING CLIENTS FOR SUCCESS | TEACHING TUESDAY

Our Senior series continues with  Brittney Kluse of Brittney Kluse Photography, who is also a member of the Luxe Workshop Dream team.  Join us in Palm Springs on October 17th for the Luxe Workshop.  Registration is open so hurry & secure your seat.  Payment plan option ends June 30th!

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Guest Contributor | Brittney Kluse 

7 Tips for Dressing Clients for Success:

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What I’ve learned after more than five years in this business is that for most of my clients, the utter thought of selecting — and even worse, coordinating clothing for multiple people (**insert gasp here**) — is enough to break a sweat on even the calmest of people.I got to experience this firsthand after my first child was born. When thinking about our first family photograph, the thought that found its way to my head the quickest: “WHAT ARE WE GONNA WEAR?!” … and then, when I had my daughter, my next thought: “Oh geeze. Now there’s FOUR people to coordinate outfits for!?” This stress could be enough to make me stop at two kids. :) Then I realized that if I get a little nervous (aka: cold sweats) from the thought of picking outfits for my special day, then my clients must feel ten times worse as this is in no way as frequent of an experience for them as it is for me!
I have a feeling I’m not alone out there! (Wait, am I?!? Bueller? … Bueller?) Ok, going with my gut and saying that others reading this may feel the same way and could benefit from some advice, tips, and tricks to don the duds in style! Below are the tips I keep on my information website under a “wardrobe” tab, for clients to read about after they’ve booked a session with me.
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1. Call in reinforcements: the 2Ps. Take advantage of the fact MANY people out there have already done this work FOR you! Turn to Pinterest and Polyvore! In Pinterest you can use search terms like “what to wear” or “senior photo inspiration” and come up with great ideas of what other people have put together! Polyvore allows you to “build your custom look” by using generic search terms “navy cardigan” or “orange skinny jeans” and showing you a plethora of options to pick and pin from!
2. Nix the uniforms. Matchy-Matchy is a No-No. Coordinating however, is a yes-yes! So how do you coordinate without matching? Start by choosing a color group or category. Adobe Kuleris a GREAT resource I use for working with clients to give them some color inspiration. Examples color groups would be: pastels, deep colors, primary colors, earth tones, etc.
3. Avoid loud patterns and graphics. I’m not an anti-patternite. I just prefer clients not choose clothing that draws attention away from their face. After all, the whole reason you’re spending the money on portraits is so that your Facebook peeps can adore your pretty mug, right? I do love using patterns when they are used in the right way! A trendy chevron pattern on a headband, or a mod clover pattern on a senior girl’s skirt. A giant FUBU logo across the chest of their clothing? Thanks, but NO thanks.

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4. Accessoriessss?? Yes, pleaseeee! There’s a fine line between adding a splash of color to your outfit and drawing attention to it. For example, if a woman chooses a long, sleek, black sundress – then a wide, red belt is great. A diamond encrusted Hello Kitty belt, not so much! For up-close face shots, I like funky, big earrings that add a lot of texture and really add dimension the bokeh of the photo for a tight face shot!
Hats? It’s hard to make a blanket statement about hats. I’ve never once felt like a ball cap enhanced a portrait but, then again, I’ve never done a team picture for the Yankees. I have at times thought that certain portraits’ styles were enhanced by a large-brim hat or fedora because these hats give us insight into the person and their style, rather than giving the impression the wearer simply forgot to comb their hair.
5. Dress for your body, not what the mannequin was wearing! Be comfortable, and when I say “comfortable” I am most definitely not referring to sweat pants!  I mean don’t wear something that you will constantly be adjusting (such as a shirt that shows bra straps if not perfectly placed) or doesn’t fit well (like the pair of pants that almost fits perfectly, sans the fact they have to be adjusted after each step to avoid a wedgie). Portrait time is the time to break out the Spanx and iron that shirt! Whatever it might be that you want to “enhance” or smooth out, definitely try to do that with your clothing and your posture. Don’t rely on Photoshop to do it for you.
6. Call Me, Maybe?! Ok, I just reallllly like that song and wanted to use that as a title :). Feel free to call me and ask my opinion OR even better, lay your/your family’s outfits out on your bed and take a photo and text it to me and see what I think! I’m always willing to offer up some advice based on my experience and my knowledge of what kinds of clothing are better for certain poses!

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7. Finally, some DO’s and DON’Ts :
  • Do pick clothes that you are comfortable in,
  • Do try on ALL the clothes before coming to a photo shoot.  Nothing like finding out something doesn’t fit at the shoot.
  • Do remember that you want contrast.
  • Do have a bright light on when picking out clothes for the photo shoot.
  • Don’t worry about bringing too many clothes, as long as you bring a variety.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t like something, you can always go onto the next wardrobe.
  • Don’t forget to put a fresh coat on your nails – chips will show in the photos!
  • Don’t bring clothes that show stains or wrinkle easily.
I hope these tips save you OR your clients a little pre-shoot style stress!

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Brittney Kluse is a lifestyle photographer based in the sunny, eastern corner of Washington state. Best known for her bright, bold, and colorful imagery in the photography industry; to her family and friends, Brittney is best known for her inability to do laundry and dishes. In addition to being a natural light photographer, Brittney is a full-time mess-picker-upper for her two young children and husband. Launching her business in 2008, Brittney has evolved her vibrant and loud style to match her equally-as-loud voice. Her background in business, marketing, and branding mixed with her thriving photography brand has helped shape her into a sought after mentor for photographers around the globe. Brittney is fluent in English and sarcasm.

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Colorvale Actions | Saturday Spotlight

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

As soon as Colorvale’s Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions were released, I knew I had to get my hands on them. They are basically like a Makeup kit (think Caboodles!) for Photographers with EVERYTHING YOU NEED for giving your clients a makeover in less than 10 minutes. It’s right up my alley. I also love that these actions still leave pores & texture on skin so that your clients don’t look like they have plastic skin.

You seriously get your money’s worth with these. They are freaking fabulous!

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So I thought I’d share this fab new find with our Chic readers by showing you how these actions look on my own images.

Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions used in this photo below:

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There’s even a creamy B&W action in the set called “Dirty Deeds” that I put over this image below:

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Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions used in this photo below:

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Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions used in this photo below:

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The Blemish Control & Hair Removal action is LIFE-CHANGING! I had no clue how to edit random hairs out of an eye but this action makes it supa easy!

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Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions used in this photo below:

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The Teeth Whitening action is like a White Strip in an action! Notice how her teeth went from yellow to white below:

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Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions used in this photo below:

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Luxe Digital Retouching PS Actions used in this photo below:

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You won’t regret getting this action set because it’s really everything a girl needs to retouch images.

Take advantage of this offer while it lasts: 100 codes worth $20 using code “yay20“.

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I HIGHLY recommend watching this video to see how they work:

 

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