LET'S TALK ABOUT CLOTHES AND WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT
No pressure! But clothes you wear can make or break a photoshoot
Choosing the perfect outfit is crucial to setting the tone and showing off your personality in your images. Check out these basic tips for selecting the right clothes for your upcoming family, couple, or portrait session.
Look great = feel great
When it comes to photoshoots, feeling comfortable is just as important as looking great. After all, if you're not at ease, it will show in the photos. So, when choosing your outfit, make sure it's something you feel comfortable in and can move around freely in. Soft, breathable fabrics are a great choice, especially if you'll be shooting outdoors or in warm weather. Remember, when you feel great, you'll look great too!
Choose clothes that are timeless and classic. These pieces will never go out of style and will always look great in photos. Avoid trends that might date the photos in the future. The goal is to have photos that you will love and cherish for years to come.
Don't forget to consider the location and season. The location should complement your outfit and add to the overall aesthetic of the photos. Make sure to choose an outfit that coordinates well with the surroundings and enhances your look, without blending in too much. Remember, you are the focal point of the shoot!
Before you start stressing about what to wear for your upcoming photo shoot, take a look in your own closet. You may be surprised by what you already have that can make for great outfits in your photos. Don't be afraid to get creative and mix and match pieces to create a unique look. And if you do decide to purchase something new, make sure it's something that you feel comfortable and confident in.
Pick something that the most feels like you, what you feel comfortable in!
Clothing suggestions to wear for women
flowy pieces (dress/skirt)
denim with t-shirt/crop top/tank
Clothing suggestions to wear for men
soft button-up shirt or t-shirt
khakis, chinos, jeans
- anything uncomfortable to wear (too tight, finicky, irritating to the skin, etc.)
- worn-out, stretched-out garments
- clothes that blend in with the location
- neon colors and busy prints
- gym clothes and shoes
When it comes to color, we want you to stand out from the surroundings we're shooting at, but still look like you belong there.
While there is a lot to learn about the science and art of color, we'll focus on color combinations for your outfits. By understanding the primary principles of color schemes, you can easily create stunning looks. Remember to strike a balance and avoid overrepresenting a single color or pairing two bold colors that clash. Keep it simple, and let the colors complement one another to elevate your fashion game.
If you're planning outfits for a group photoshoot, it's best to start with a color palette that suits everyone. An easy trick from interior decor is to follow the 60:30:10 rule: use 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color for a cohesive appearance. You can choose two complementary colors or three triadic colors for a coordinated look.
For my clients, I always suggest starting with soft neutral colors like white, beige, cream, black, and gray. These colors make great bases and secondary colors, allowing the third color to pop. You can choose a soft pastel shade or a bold statement color, depending on your style and preferences.
However, if we're shooting outdoors or in a natural setting, it's best to avoid bright or aggressive colors that can clash with the surroundings. Instead, we want to create a harmonious look that complements the location.
To help you get started, here are some recommended neutrals and colors that will look great in your photos!
SOFT NEUTRALS COLORS
Commonly combined with brighter accent colors but they can also be used on their own
POP of color
Colors that stand out and emphasize your look.
Pick the color that flatters your skin tone
Last but not least
- Collaborating with your photographer on outfit choices is always a good idea! Don't be afraid to share what you're planning to wear or ask for suggestions. Your photographer can offer valuable insights on colors and styles that will look best in your photos.
- If you're looking for fashion inspiration, Pinterest is a great resource. You can find countless outfit ideas and combinations for your photoshoot, and the best part is that they're all free! You can save your favorite looks and use them as a guide when putting together your own outfits.
- But if you're still not feeling confident about your wardrobe choices, consider hiring a professional fashion stylist. They can help you choose outfits that fit your style and flatter your body type. As your photographer, I'm also happy to recommend a stylist to assist you in finding the perfect outfits for your photoshoot.