WHAT YOU WEAR IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL PHOTOSHOOT.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CLOTHING & PREPARING FOR YOUR SHOOTS HELPS TO BRING OUT THE BEST VERSION OF YOU & YOUR FAMILY.
COLOURS, CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES HELP TO CREATE THE MOOD & SET THE TONE FOR YOUR SHOOT AS WELL AS to COMPLEMENT THE HOME WHERE THE FINAL IMAGES WILL BE DISPLAYED.
YOUR STYLE SHOULD BE AS UNIQUE AS YOUR FAMILY, SO HERE IS SOME CLOTHING ADVICE FOR A CREATIVE & NATURAL PHOTO SESSION.
try to get a good night’s sleep the night before the session.
Having everyone well rested & fed will help to alleviate stress for you!
only the people who are being photographed should be present at the session.
Sometimes the excitement & distraction of other family members can hinder the shoot.
casual & comfortable
My clients tend to be relaxed yet trendy! If you feel uncomfortable in what you are wearing, it tends to show in the photos. If you don’t normally wear little dresses and high heels – it’s probably not a good idea to wear them on the day of your portrait session. A long dress is always a good option! Women are often self conscious about their arms, so if that is you, long sleeves are often a good choice.
plain is best
Clothing should complement, not dominate the portrait. Please avoid any logos, bold patterns or pictures. Soft pastel colours are always good, as are tone on tone colours (ie different shades of the same colour). Dark to medium tones are usually good (I prefer navies and dark greys over black, as black can be draining and also shows up EVERY bit of fluff in photos!)
Try to avoid bright colours such as:
- pink --> use Salmon or Peach instead;
- yellow --> use Mustard instead;
- green --> use Olive or Emerald green instead.
please don’t wear matching uninforms
Having everyone in the same colour is not advisable – in fact please do not all wear the same colour! Colour coordinating in a “non-matching uniform” way is best, and at the end of this guide I have provided some what to wear ideas based on colour schemes. In general, if everyone is in the same tone, this works well.
ensure your wall hangings will work in your home
Are you planning to order a large print to put on your wall? Can you find clothing you can wear on the day of your photography session that would complement your home or room’s colour scheme?
layers, layers, layers
Layered clothing works really well. Not only do layers bring depth and texture to your images, they are also the easiest way for everyone to get varied looks from your photo shoot. Add layers through cardigans over tops, wraps, scarves, vests over t-shirts, leggings under skirts. The options are endless!
Add splashes of colour and personality by bringing or wearing hats, scarves and wraps, necklaces, suspenders, boots, umbrellas, – whatever you love, anything that is unique to you, your family, your children.
bring props & add some fun
Make your session a little bit different and unique by incorporating something into your session like a prop or a favourite toy. Some of my favourite sessions have used simple props like a paper aeroplane or a lollipop to create absolutely beautiful images. Please note, it is important that if we are using bubbles or toys as props that we use them at the end as an add on to the shoot, otherwise there will be tears if we try to get photos without the props in the shot!
please avoid “block” white
White is gorgeous against light backdrops – for nudie babies in a white room, or against stonework or the beach in the early morning light for example. Or a single child can wear white as all the focus is on them. For groups, if there is one person wearing white, all the focus tends to go on that person instead of being balanced. On hot outdoor sessions in a forest, white tends to ‘blow out’. Tone down whites with creams, greys and pastels or wear them with layers if you want to wear white.
remember the details!
Take that hairband off your wrist, make sure your (and your partner's!) nails are clean / manicured, wear a top that hides the bra strap - these are things that you will notice later and wish you’d thought of! If it’s windy, think about tying hair up.
Of course, everything here is just a guide to help you get the most from your session. The main thing is that you feel gorgeous and comfortable and it will show in whatever you are wearing!
My big tip? – get mum to choose her favourite top or outfit and pick colours and tones from that top for the rest of the family… and then everyone will feel great!
Colour Palette Inspiration