Dress for Success: What to Wear for your Photo Session

Portrait Sessions

Rule #1: Coordinate—but don’t be matchy/matchy

If you’re shooting with another person, make sure your outfits complement one another’s. Choose a consistent color palette (which does not mean the same color). If someone is wearing a bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids, but be sure each carries one or more colors from the “star” outfit for consistency. 

Rule #2: Accessorize!

Scarves, hats, bows, bands…it all adds a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also a great place to coordinate looks. For example, if Mom wears a bright pattern with lavender, pink and gray, little brother can rock a pair of gray sneakers while Dad can choose a lavender vest and big sis with a pink headband. 

Rule #3: Try for Texture

Layers and textures can add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with rich, simple detailing—embroidery, tweed, ribbons, etc.—or layer pieces to add dimension and texture. The texture is crucial if you want a lot of black and white shots, which naturally need more visual depth and detail than color images. Also, because you’ll want to keep the pace going during your session, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes—pull off the sweater, slip on the vest, and get a new look! 

Rule #4: Dress Kids for Comfort & Movement

Kids naturally run, skip, dance, and jump around during photo sessions—they’re kids! So to avoid unnecessary aggravation, let them be comfortable in the clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, fedoras, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so their clothes will look even better when the kids start getting wild. 

Rule #5: Be Timeless

You’ll have these pictures for generations—don’t date yourself! Instead, choose classic, timeless pieces or even vintage apparel and accessories. Then, opt for the latest trends; you may feel otherwise about that fantastic outfit a few years (or even a few months) from now. 

August 16, 2022