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 your outfit is an essential part of preparing for the upcoming photo shoot. As clothes you choose will help to set the tone of the images, show off your personality, or make your photos look special.
This post offers basic tips for choosing the right clothes for photo sessions with family or couple as well as can be considered for a portrait session
Look great = feel great
To like yourself in the final photos, first of all, you must be comfortable when taking them. Consider this also when dressing up for the photoshoot. Your clothes should be soft and easy to move in.
What are the best clothes to wear for a photoshoot? The ones you'll want to see yourself wearing when you look at photos in 3-5-10 years! Avoid too extreme fashion experiments, so there won't be any regrets afterward.
When choosing photoshoot outfits take into account that they should coordinate with the location and season. You're the object of the photoshoot but the location is a frame for it with its own vibe, colors, and theme. The task here is to nicely fit you into it (but NOT to blend in).
First, check what you already have in your closet. In most cases, we can create amazing outfits based solely on the clothes you already own. But if you feel like buying new garments to wear for the photo shoot - go for it!
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.
There is a whole color theory (both the science and art of using color) but what we need here is a color combination. If you're already familiar with the color wheel, then you can build up your outfits based on the primary principles of color schemes. Be careful not to overrepresent a color or choose two bold colors that compete with one another.
If you're planning outfits for a group of people (couple or family), the easiest way to decide on colors is to pick two (complementary combination) or three (triadic combination) colors and then have everyone wear them.
Another method came from the interior decor. After choosing three shades, break them down into 60:30:10 for a cohesive look — 60 percent dominant color, 30 percent a secondary color, and 10 percent accent color.
In terms of my preferences, I always suggest my clients build outfits based on soft neutral colors. White, beige, cream, black, gray, and anything in that range is great to use as a base and secondary colors. And then following the 60:30:10 rule, the third will be a pop of color (either a soft shade or a bright, bold statement color).
Unless we are shooting in an urban location or studio and/or there is a specific concept to follow, you want to avoid way too bright/aggressive colors because they will end up looking out of place in the final photo.
Below are just some recommended neutrals and colors!
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
- It's always a good idea to discuss outfits with your photographer! Do not hesitate to share options you already have and what you're planning to wear.
- Use Pinterest for fashion inspiration! This platform is full of ready-to-use outfit ideas and combinations to wear for the photoshoot. The best part of it - all ideas there are free.
- Still not confident that you can figure out a wardrobe by yourself? Involve professionals! I will be also happy to give recommendations on a fashion stylist to assist decide on the outfits for your best look.