What To Wear for your Photography Session

December 04, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

A common question I often hear is "What should I wear?" I thought I would take a few minutes for some general guidelines when you are getting ready for that Photography Session, whether it be for a single individual, a couple, or a family.

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What to Wear: Tips for Selecting Your Wardrobe

A lot of people ask what they should wear to their photo session?  After all, these photographs will become a staple in your family frames and albums for years to come.  Choosing timeless, yet appropriate attire will lend to the positive outcome of your photo shoot.

If it’s an indoor session, choosing soft, warm colors can be very pleasing to the lens. Outdoors, you can opt for bolder colors, earth tones or contrasting, such as big stripes paired with a solid color. Pinstripes or small dots generally do not photograph well. Wearing accessories can add a nice touch, but try to avoid accessories that are too big as they may overshadow your face.

Here are some general tips to follow for selecting your wardrobe:

  • Choose soft colors, such as pink, light blue, lavender, yellow, etc. for dreamy looks
  • Choose bold colors such as red, black, dark blue, purple or orange for dramatic looks
  • Minimal accessories are best, as too big or too many can detract from the image
  • For children, bring outfits that have a lot of creativity behind them. They can be fun, layered looks, sporty, textures (tutus and ruffles for girls look so cute!), jeans, khakis, sweaters, skirts, dresses, etc. “Sunday” wear dress code works well.
  • Avoid character t-shirts, shirts with sayings, etc., and shirts with company logos. 
  • Don’t forget the shoes and socks. Men, avoid wearing white socks with dress shoes. Make sure your shoes are clean, not raggedy or muddy. Barefoot photos can also be fun! For the women, boots, heels, sandals or dress shoes look great.

These are meant to be guidelines. If you have any specific question about your wardrobe, or just in general, please let me know. You can comment on this Blog Post, or send me an email to: [email protected] There is still time to have photos taken for Christmas, and now is the time to start planning that photo session for Valentines Day photos.

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Until next time, I hope you all have a great holiday season!


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