Etre [eh-truh] : French verb meaning "to be". This is the most simple and truthful thing any of us is capable of.
With Etre, my goal is to capture your cherished and important moments in an honest and truthful way through my lens. In short I strive to capture you...simply being you.


.what to wear for pictures.

Deciding what to wear for pictures is one of the most stressful things about planning any type of shoot. After all, you're making this investment of time and money into getting some great images, and knowing what to wear for pictures is an important part of making sure that happens! So...I've got a few tips that should make getting dressed for your shoot a little easier.

Fortunately we have outgrown the days of jeans and white tops, matching polos, or the
superstore-employee navy with khakis look. Now photography has a much more candid and editorial style to it that allows for greater variety in what to wear for pictures.

The goal is to have couples or families wear coordinating and complementary colors without getting too matchy-matchy. Big logos can be distracting and should be avoided when you're deciding what to wear for pictures. However, using pattern and texture helps create a cohesive look that will suit your style and personality. Have fun with it and don't be afraid to go bold with some accent colors or interesting prints.

Layering is a great way to add that subtle texture to your photos, and it makes them look more complete. Think about it the same way you would with home design. Alike colors in various textures, create subtle depth that enhances rather than distracts from your moments that are being captured.

When deciding what to wear for pictures, it's a good idea to have one person stand out. Have them wear the accent color as their main color or put them in a bold print of the more neutral colors. This adds a great pop to the photos and really brings your whole look together.
If there are just two of you; for engagements, yearly photos, etc, you can use jewelry, brooch pins, hair accessories, shoes, or scarves to create that pop without one of you dominating the photo.

You may have heard the advice to "go bigger and brighter" with makeup for photos because it translates better and keeps you from looking washed out. Well it's totally true! And it applies to what to wear for pictures as well. Jewel tones are great because they add depth, warmth, and great color to your photos. Pick rich colors that brighten up your face rather than those that wash you out.
I've got yellow skin tones for example, and wearing yellow just makes me look sickly. Reds, creams, browns, and greens are a much better choice for someone with yellow skin tones.
With all this talk about bright & fun colors as what to wear for pictures, it's also important to keep your location in mind. If the backdrop to your pictures is bold and full of color; feel free to play down the clothing colors. That stark contrast of your neutral color pallet against that bright backdrop is what will make you stand out.

When in doubt, ask your photographer. Let them be a part of the planning process and allow them to get excited about it with you. Two brains are better than one, and when your photographer knows what type of shoot (formal, relaxed, candid, etc) you want, they're much more capable of capturing your vision and delivering results that you'll love. It's important to pick a photographer who's style you like. They're all different, but finding one who's style matches yours is the best way to guarantee yourself great results.

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