Planning on what to wear for your session can be a daunting task. You don’t know where to begin or you probably think you have to buy a whole new wardrobe. But there are just a few things to keep in mind when planning on what to wear for your next photo session.
One of the first things I like to ask my clients is what type of setting do you have in mind? Do you want a natural country setting? Urban city life setting? This really helps in choosing what outfits to wear by knowing what setting you want.
Too many patterns and colors can look too busy. I would suggest mixing in the pattern with basics to get a flattering look. If you’re doing a family portrait, have 1 or 2 people with patterns and the rest with basic pieces. Coordinate and avoid being too “matchy-matchy”. You can also throw in textures if you don’t necessarily like patterns. Take a look on Pinterest to get inspiration of what you like and what you don’t like.
Yes I know, I JUST said the word “basic” earlier. However, too much white can give blown highlights (meaning you will lose details of the clothing) and too much black won’t give enough details. Mix it up by wearing black pants with a colored/patterned top or vice versa. If you don’t want to overthink it, stick to neutrals. You just can’t go wrong with neutral pieces.
Accessorizing can bring a fun, interesting element to a photo (and sometimes you can use them as props). Scarves, statement necklaces/rings, hats, ties/bowties, fun shoes all are great ways to showcase your personality. If you have trouble incorporating color into your outfits, just wear neutral clothing and then add a colorful piece of accessory and it’ll add that special element for you.
This is my number one tip for all clients. It just looks more aesthetically pleasing in photographs to NOT have a distracting word or logo to look at. You want people to look at you first and not your clothing. It also helps the photographer when editing, should they have to edit, it is much easier to do so!