What to Wear to Your Next Portrait Session

Have you ever been stuck wondering what in the world to wear to your upcoming photo session? From a family of six I know it's hard to come up with something for everyone to wear. You may be tempted to tell everyone in your family to just throw on a white t-shirt! Many people struggle with this; you're not alone. In fact, it's one of the questions I get asked most as a photographer. Today I'm going to give you a few tips that will hopefully make deciding for your future session much easier!

There are two key things you need to keep in mind when planning your outfits for your session:


Color is the most obvious, and often hardest, factor when deciding what clothes to wear. When considering colors, don't think "match," think "blend." Matching often makes you want to put everyone in the same color, or two different colors. This makes it really hard to find something for every family member to wear, and the pictures turn out a sea of one color with no individuality. Pick three or four (or more!) colors that all look good together and start from there. Also, don't be afraid to go away from solids. Plaid, graphic t-shirts, and patterns are all great ways for everyone to individually express their style and personality. Don't go overboard on pattern, but also don't think everyone necessarily has to be in solids.

Different colors and patterns are great because it gives the eye a variety of things to look at! It brings the image to life instead of one color seeming to make the entire picture bland and lifeless. Allowing everyone to wear their own outfit versus sticking everyone in a white shirt with blue jeans allows more diversity in the image, taking you from a sea of white and blue, to the recognition of everyone as an individual person.


The next thing to keep in mind is location. You don't want to blend in with your surroundings. That said, you can never go wrong with choosing bold colors! They make you stand out in your pictures! Sometimes neutral colors can make the subject appear washed out. Considering location in choosing outfits is one thing I can't stress enough.When I compare pictures of people in neutral colors and pictures with bold colors, bold will almost always win. Are neutral colors ever a good idea? The answer is yes. I love the simplicity and calmness of neutrals, but they are best worn in front a background already full of bright colors.  To decide between neutral and bold, think about your location, the background. If the background will be "bland" (for example the beach or during the winter months) choose colors that will make you the center of attention. This may sound intimidating, but you're the focus of your pictures! This is why you're hiring a photographer...to capture you!

I've created a Pinterest board with some of my favorite outfit choices and my own comments as a guide for my clients! To get more ideas click here.

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