As you know, this is a VERY common question! We all want to look our best, especially when we are getting special pictures taken that will be hanging in our home or framed on a shelf. If you have ever wondered what to wear to your photo session, this is for you! Whether you are hoping to take some classic family photos, wanting to show off your personality during a senior session, or anything in between… I am here to share my personal advice. 🙂
The color of your outfit will impact the “feel” or vibe of the photo shoot. Blush pink, muted blue, cream, and white are soft and clean. Red, emerald green, mustard yellow, and black are bold and vibrant. There are no right or wrong color schemes, but it is always good to think about which colors compliment your hair and skin tones. Let’s just say, I would NOT recommend neon green or hot pink. 🙂
But what do you do if you are trying to coordinate your outfit with another person… or maybe even four other people?! This is where complimentary colors are so important! Thankfully, the days of “matchy-matchy” outfits are gone (like the blue jeans with white t-shirt photos that are in my old family album). Once you have a color scheme in mind, you can mix and match 2-4 complimentary colors together. Your photos will turn out so much better when everyone’s outfit flows and coordinates.
It’s fun to mix in a few patterns that compliment the outfits others are wearing, but make sure to use them sparingly. Patterns can be distracting in your final image if overused. However, a few simple patterns (i.e. small vertical stripes or plaid pattern) can visually break up blocks of solid colors, as long as they follow the same color scheme. Lastly, avoid shirts that have large logos, text, branding, characters, etc. as they detract from the focal point and can date your portraits.
Accessories and layers can make an average outfit feel more complete. Sweaters and jackets can be added for a completely different look. Include scarves, hats, or jewelry to add even more variety. You have the ability to give your session a completely different feel, without having to change your entire wardrobe, just by adding or removing certain accessories or layers. However, for parents with young children… extra accessories may overwhelm their small frame, or they may become a distraction. 🙂
A few final thoughts… think about the location and background of your photos, as this may guide your outfit decisions and the style you are going for. For example, you may not want to wear a plaid shirt with jeans if you are taking classy pictures “out on the town”, instead, a more formal look might be a better fit. You get the idea! 🙂 The season and weather are also factors when choosing what to wear (especially if you are taking pictures in the middle of winter in Minnesota). No matter what the season or the location… wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Ultimately, your photography session is all about you and YOUR personality! Your outfits should showcase and capture who you are and your style. Now you are ready to figure out what to wear to your next photo session!