Useful Photography Tip #131: How to Make Clothing Fit Better on a Portrait Subject

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When photographing a portrait subject, we can’t always expect everyone to have the best fitting clothing for them or always have the best fashion sense. But we as creatives and photographers can help them with just a couple of slight modifications.

Firstly, we recommend that you bring safety pins, hair ties, and gaffers tape with you to your shoot. Generally when you’re shooting portraits, you’re photographing the front of the person. So let’s say that their button down shirt doesn’t fit them in such a way that makes their body look the best.

Now you’ve got a couple of ways to approach this but it all has to do with working with what’s behind the subject.

– You can go behind the subject, pull the shirt in tighter on them, and tie it in the back to hold it in place.

– Pull the shirt in a lot in the back and tuck it in.

– Pull the shirt in and use safety pins to hold it in place.

– Pull the shirt in and tape it into place

All of this doesn’t affect the front, only the back. You can do the same with pants, blouses, dresses, etc. Just work with the back of the subject and you’ll be all fine.

Give it a shot at your next portrait session.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.