People often ask us what they should wear to a photo shoot. Since this is such an important question we wanted to provide you with these 5 guidelines:
1. DO Coordinate; DON’T Match
You might be tempted to buy all matching outfits. But no family wears matching uniforms on a daily basis which means that wearing matching outfits is going to look odd and unnatural. It’s much better to pick 3 or 4 colors and have everyone wear a variation of them. That way you go together as a group while avoiding the cloned look.
2. DO Wear Color; DON’T Wear All White Shirts
White shirts and jeans were a trend in the late 80’s and 90’s. Also popular were oversized overalls, parachute pants (aka Hammer pants), and Reebok pumps. You should wear none of these things to your photo shoot because none of them look good.
Outdated trends (and reminiscing aside), white shirts cause everyone to blend together and make for very uninteresting photos. It’s much better to choose colors that will be interesting to look at 20 years from now. It will also help you to avoid looking like a family of waiters.
3. DO Wear Graphic Prints & Patterns; DON’T Wear Logos
Unless we are doing a photo shoot for an advertisement or you are paid for endorsements, it is best to not wear clothing with logos. The logo takes the attention away from you and makes for a distracting image.
However, if you want clothing with a printed look, try wearing a graphic shirt or artistic print. Make sure to pick one that is interesting and adds to the photo without dominating and causing everyone to say “Wow! Look at that shirt!”
And if you aren’t up for the more urban look, we always recommend that people consider wearing patterns. Again, think interesting not garish.
4. DO Wear Layers & Accessories; DON’T Wear Something Unflattering
You’d be surprised at how often we arrive at a photo shoot and a woman wearing short sleeves comments on how much she hates her arms or a guy wearing a tight shirt laments how bad his pot-belly looks. If those same people had just worn a 3/4 length sleeve and a shirt that was a size larger, then those flabby arms and bellies would never be a concern.
However, everyone can look good in layers. Ever notice how the mannequins in department stores are layered? It’s not just that they are trying to show off as much merchandise as possible but rather layers provide interest and make people look good. A pop of color from a polo-shirt under a plaid shirt for your toddler, a jacket over a skirt, or scarves and accessories paired with a dress…all of these make for awesome photos!
When it comes down to it, we all know what parts of our bodies we like the least. And we know what clothes we look the best in. Choose those!
5. DO Go Shopping; DON’T Wear Clothes That Look Old & Outdated
Sorry guys, I know I just told the ladies to go shopping. But honestly, we all want to look and feel our best. You can’t deny how awesome you feel in new clothes. You don’t have to buy a 100% new wardrobe, but an item or two are often appropriate considering you are investing in a photo session.
- Coordinate with 3 or 4 colors
- Don’t wear white shirts or logos
- Wear patterns or graphic prints
- Layer and accessorize
- Go shopping!
If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact us before your session and we will do our best to give you our input.