what to wear for your photography session?
One of the most frequently asked questions for portrait photography sessions is the infamous,
“What should I wear for my photography session?”
The answer is simple: whatever makes you feel the most comfortable and relaxed!
I’ve put together a few tips for you based on current trends as well as my own experience with what looks great on camera. If you have any questions or ideas of your own, I’d love to hear them!
• Location, Location, Location
After you pick you location, is it formal or casual? Will it be at one of Lake Champlain’s beaches, the favorite park where you like to walk your dog, your home, or somewhere else? Imagine your perfect spot and the types of colors that will be there. Since the location will end up being the background of your photos, it has a big impact on your overall look. Also, be sure to select seasonal clothing that complements you as well as the place you are in. In other words, you won’t wear furry boots and coat to the beach for a casual summer family session. Bare feet, rolled up pants with coordinating tops or a fun skirt is more likely. And if you pick a beautiful green field , stay away from wearing too much green. Ideally, you want to match the background, but not match so much that you become the background.
• Please, Don’t Be Matchy – Matchy
It’s ok to wear colors from the same family. Unless, we’re trying to make the Awkward Family Photo’s Hall of Fame, don’t put every on in a matching red polo shirt. Mix it up! Wear your favorite colorful scarf and use the colors in the scarf to tie your group’s outfits together. Pick three colors that go well together, everyone likes and wear different combinations of them. The days of everyone in the white button-down and khaki pants are gone. Be more creative. I know you can do it! And if your just not sure, I’ll be happy to help!
A good place to start is to pick out two colors that go well with the location. Typically, pastels (think pink, mint, or lavender) go well with natural scenes. Primary colors such as blue, red, and yellow match modern locations like the city.
• Solids Over Prints
If I had to pick, 9 times out of 10 I’ll choose the solid color. A splash of a print looks great! But too often busy prints and stripes tend to be distracting and less body flattering than a solid color. But if you’re lucky dress or button down is a pattern, bring it! You’ll always feel better in your favorite outfit.
Depending on the season, consider layering your outfits with accessories such as bowties, headbands, rain boots, scarves, jackets, and hats. Accessories add variety to your shots and can also double as fun props!
Go though your favorite stores ads and use what they are wearing for inspiration!
• Be Comfortable, Be Yourself…
Probably the most important! Wear something comfortable that reflects your personal style. If you feel beautiful, you’ll look beautiful. If you’re child doesn’t like the shirt he’s wearing, he’ll probably be fussing in every photo and eventually in tantrum position. Let’s try to avoid that, shall we? If you’re uncomfortable in your skinny jeans which no one in real life looks good in you won’t feel hot and you’ll probably be making that weird “I’m uncomfortable” face. Why on earth would you do that to yourself?
• & Have Fun!
If you look like you’re having fun, you probably are! And you’ll be glad to have beautiful photos to remember the moment.
Get in touch to schedule your photography session and start picking out what to wear!