This article provides portrait photo shoot dress tips. It also explains how to pose and where to go on location in Norfolk. The images below show you the style of my portrait photography and will give you some creative ideas.
The portraits above are at Holkham Beach and in a nearby field. A change of clothes, a different hairstyle and some props at a different location can make a huge difference to your portraits.
The above images are at Happisburgh beach. One image is very formal and the other informal. It shows the effect of plain clothing and how a change of hairstyle can make a huge difference to your portrait.
The images above are on the beach huts at Wells Next The Sea. They demonstrate how a portrait will look when the clothing is in keeping with the surroundings.
The images above demonstrate how effective a portrait can be when the clothing is in contrast to the environment.
The above image on a beach demonstrates how a simple prop like a scarf can add to the portrait.
Norfolk has an abundance of fields and ruins. This demonstrates that you need not go very far to find a suitable location for a photo shoot.
The above image taken on Holkham beach is simple but effective. It demonstrates how plain clothing and a prop such as a parasol can make a portrait.
The images above and below in casual dress are in Waterloo Park, Norwich.
The above images were taken on the same day. The green dress contrasts with the sea lavender. The shorts and cropped top are very much in keeping with the beach hut in the background.
Jumpsuits as worn above are another alternative choice of clothing for a photo shoot.
The images above and below were taken at a Staithe and show how a simple gate can be used to make a portrait image.
The image above has a Graffiti backdrop. There are all sorts of interesting backdrops in an urban environment that you might normally pass by. Something unusual can help make an image.
Vintage dresses are very popular as a theme particularly 1950s dresses with full petticoats as shown in the images above.
The images above are studio shots.
Portrait Photo Shoot Dress Tips
Whenever you have a photo shoot it is useful to have a variety of outfits. This improves your portfolio of images. You could try a theme such as vintage, a country girl rustic look, a prom dress or casual. Always bring something plain such an all white or all black outfit. Props and accessories such as shoes, jewellery, a parasol, a musical instrument or sporting equipment can all add to your portraits. It is useful before your photo shoot if you can provide me with some ideas of the type of clothes that you would like to wear. This also helps to determine the location for the photo shoot.
Where to go
I have organised a rambling group for many years and have found many special places in Norfolk away from the crowds that I now use for portrait photography on location. I love shooting images outdoors either in keeping with your dress theme or very much in contrast. A vintage theme might be at a village with architecture to match or at a steam train railway station. A prom or wedding dress photo shoot might take place at a contrasting location such as a beach.
If you prefer to have some indoor shots this can take place in a studio just north of Norwich. It has a private changing room, toilets, kitchen and free parking. I also work with several hotels who allow me to use their rooms and/or grounds.
The poses chosen will be selected based on your age, type of clothing and the location. I will suggest some ideas and you can develop your own.