Ephoto question: are patterns really something you should avoid? (POLL)

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Are patterns really something you should avoid in ephotos?
    Yes, avoid at all costs. : (5 votes)
    22 %
    Depends on the pattern--small is fine, large is not. : (5 votes)
    22 %
    Not at all! Patterns look beautiful in photos. : (7 votes)
    30 %
    Who the heck cares, wear whatever you want. GEEZ. : (6 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 2
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    FI and I had outfits that had classic patterns (he wore a navy check shirt, and I wore a top that was orange with white polka dots with a cardigan), and they turned out nice. Sometimes a small non-busy pattern is nice, especially if they coordinate and contrast with each other and your backdrop.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    It depends on the pattern. But my fiance is a videographer, and he tells everyone not to wear patterns when they’re on camera because the patterns can get disorted and weird. I don’t know if it’s the same for still photography but something to consider? You don’t want it to be distracting.

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    MrsRevolutionize:  I used to work for a photographer back in the day and yes, you should avoid patterns, though I’m sure small, timeless patterns could probably work. Part of it is your photos will look VERY dated VERY quickly. And there can be something very distracting and busy about patterns. I always think of pictures of Jackie Kennedy. She just had such a timelessness about her. You can tell the pix are from the 60s, but they are still classy after all these years.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    absolutely not.  we did 2 locations and 2 outfits.  in one, i am wearing jeans and crazy color/pattened shirt.  our photog said he loved the way the colors in my shirt popped with the beautiful day we had.

    in the second outfit/location, i wore a black eyelet dress.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    thunderberry: Still photography is different from videography.  Wearing plaid on camera is terrible because the lines move around and get distorted.  In a single frame, it looks fine.

    MrsRevolutionize:  Wear what you want to wear.  I think a floral pattern or even plaid would look nice.  If you’re really worried, have your FI snap a photo of you in one of the outfits and see what it looks like.

    Post # 8
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    5192 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    MrsRevolutionize:  The beautiful thing about e-photos is getting shots that are about YOU.  So if you normally wear patterns then that’s what you should wear!  There is a lot of bad advice out there.  I mean yeash, there are still articles suggesting you should dress MATCHING with your DH in couples shots.  Ugh, yuck!

     In my opinion the idea that everything has to be timeless and totaly ignore what’s in fashion now is not great advice.  I think it makes things look bland.  You know what?  When you look back on your photos, isn’t it sort of cool to see that they are firmly rooted in a certain era?  

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    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Just be mindful of how the pattern looks on your body. It’s so true that horizontal stripes make you look wider. As Long as it’s a flattering pattern and not something that is super trendy (like chevron?) that will look super outdated sooner than later patterns are fine! 

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    MrsRevolutionize:  My rule of thumb was just that if one of us was wearing a print the other had to be wearing a solid. Otherwise it can be too much. I think some prints look wonderful in photos and some not so much. It depends. It can date a photo or it can be classic. I wore a navy blue dress with little white polka dots on it for some of my photos and I don’t think the pattern will be “so 2014″ one day, haha.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Your photographer is likely shooting your photos on a digital camera. Digital cameras can have issues with certain patterns, a condition called moire. If you’re feeing up to it you can read some information on the topic, but when your photographer suggest you avoid patterns it usually has little to do with fashion.

    <h3 class=”r”>http://www.ishootshows.com/2012/04/09/understanding-moire-patterns-in-digital-photography/</h3>

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Nah girl, patterns are fun! The pictures I loved the most of other couples were the ones where the couples’ environment/activities/clothes reflected their personalities. I wore colorful patterns in both my outfits! I say go for whatever you feel comfortable and happy in. If its a pattern, awesome/ if it’s not, awesome. 

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