What to wear for a photo shoot? I get this question all the time so I decided to write a post about picking the right outfits. Clients are always wondering what outfits will make for the best photos. First off, I want to say, don’t stress about it! The photo shoot should be a fun process for your family and clothes can add an unnecessary element of stress if you think too much. Also, don’t think you have to spend a small fortune on new clothes for the whole family. Most likely you can use what you already have in your closets.
I have three pieces of advice I always tell my clients as they decide what to wear for a photo shoot. My advice is greatly the same no matter what type of photo session we are doing, family, engagement, senior, child, etc.
First and foremost, dress comfortably and naturally.
The pictures should be a true reflection of who you and your family are. It should capture the time in your life when the photo is taken. If your little girl never wears a dress on a regular day, she doesn’t need to wear one for the photos. It is equally as important to be comfortable during the photo session. When deciding what to wear, choose clothes and shoes that will be easy to move in and will allow for natural looking poses. The pictures will show it if you are uncomfortable.
Second, wear coordinating colors, but don’t match perfectly.
If everyone in your group decided to wear blue jeans and the same color shirt, you will lose much needed variety in your photograph. Instead, let one person wear a color on the bottom while another wears the color on the top. Add in an accent color that is seen throughout the group in different way; an accessory, socks, shoes, jewelry, hair bows, ties, etc. This advice is similar to what a designer tells her client when decorating a home. Use two main colors on your walls throughout the house and then choose an accent color that can be intertwined in small ways. Think about this as you are choosing outfits and you will no doubt be successful!
Last, but with equal importance, think about layers or easily altered outfits.
It’s nice to have outfits that change slightly so you get different looks without having to completely change your clothes. You can add a sweeter, button up, or light jacket. (Of course, I live in Colorado and adding layers comes so naturally here because of the weather.) If it is too warm, think about changing the look with an accessory like a purse, scarf, or bulky necklace. It only takes a subtle change to have a big impact in your photographs.
Mostly, enjoy getting dressed up for your shoot, but don’t let it put a damper on the joy of the process! Follow me on Instagram to see examples of great outfits. Or check out my gallery to view ideas from previous clients.