If you are wondering what you should wear to your professional photo session you are in the right place! As we work together to create the artwork that you want to display in your home and share with your family and friends it's no secret that wardrobe is such a vital part of the experience. It's a proven fact that when you look good you feel even better! Choosing the right outfits and color palettes for your portrait can help bring the vision you have in mind to the walls of your beautiful home.
For timeless portraits that you plan to hang on your walls I strongly suggest avoiding large logos, characters, words on clothing, and yes even light up character shoes (sorry little Johnny). Depending on the purpose and theme of your session some of these things may be okay. During the planning stages of your session I am here to help you achieve the look you desire so feel free to reach out.
Couples, Families, & Children
Women usually have the hardest time picking out what to wear and for that reason I think this is a great starting point. So ladies, you get to pick out something that you love and feel beautiful in and that is what you will use to build the rest of the outfits from. This item may already be in your closet and that would certainly be a win! If you need or just want to go shopping I will link some great stores at the end. Long and flowy dresses are very flattering and tend to photograph just amazing!
I know we sometimes want to wait until we lose a few pounds or look just right to have our photos taken. Don't let that deter you, your family wants to remember you just as you are. Picking an outfit that is flattering to your body will make you feel like a million bucks. Off the shoulder styles or dresses with sleeves of any length will take focus off of your arms. Dresses that have a defined waist rather than loose at the midsection will accentuate your figure.
For men button down collar shirts tend to photograph much more flattering than polo shirts. Unless you are very fit the fabric used for polo shirts and t shirts tend to cling to you and not accentuate your best features.
Once you have your outfit chosen think about what other colors you want to include and build your color palette of about 3-4 colors. Coordinating colors rather than matching is the way to go. What this means is you don't need to have everyone in the same color pants and shirt to get a cohesive look (unless that is what you want). Pick a color scheme that you love and base your outfits around those colors. Neutral tones photograph best for outdoor natural light photos. I love the clean look of solid colors but when you use a color scheme it makes it easier to mix in some simple patterns that draws from your chosen colors. I recommend only 1 or 2 people if any wearing simple patterns in a family and only 1 if it is for a couple. Now that you have your color palette chosen it makes it easier to shop and pick outfits for the rest of your family.
Don't be afraid to incorporate accessories. Sometimes a necklace, hat, scarf, suspenders etc really help take the look to the next level! That being said the best accessory you can wear is your smile and confidence. Leave all stresses behind and come ready to enjoy a lovely care-free evening and be in the moment.
Make sure young kiddos have had naps and a meal prior to your session time. I also encourage you to bring some things they like to help them relax.
Hair and Makeup
If you are able to get your hair, nails, and makeup done professionally for your portrait session that is always a great option. You can also schedule makeup appointments at places like Sephora, Ulta, and MAC.
If you need to DIY your portrait session beauty I have some tips for that as well! Make sure your nails are clean and groomed. If you are able to paint your nails that is always a nice touch that looks great in photos. Even a clear coat will help to give you a nice polished look.
Use products in your hair for hold or humidity depending on the weather. If you are doing your own makeup make sure your foundation is a good match to your skin-tone and is applied evenly. Thankfully nowadays there are so many resources such as YouTube to help you do this on your own.
High School Seniors
I encourage High School seniors to bring several outfits! You want to remember this time in your life and that includes sports and activities that you participate in as well as trendy fashion of the times. However be sure to still have an outfit that provides a classic look. This will probably be the one your parents want to enlarge and hang up. From cheer-leading to soccer to your guitar these are all great ideas to incorporate into your session. You want your personality to shine through so don't be afraid to be yourself!