When you book a session with me, one of the things we’ll cover is wardrobe. This is so important to the theme of the image because, if done well, wardrobe can add authenticity to the story we’re creating. On the other hand, poor wardrobe choices can compete with you in the image, or worse, clash with the theme! Actually, I’m not quite sure which is the worse of those two outcomes.

Fortunately for you, I can provide a helping hand. I’ve helped guide clients’ purchasing decisions for photoshoots, and even saved them money by suggesting alternatives they my have already had available. If we’re prepping for a portrait or headshot session, you probably have a couple questions about what to expect. Remember, I’ve got you covered! But here are some general pointers you can use for free:

Tips for Deciding What to Wear for a Photoshoot

  1. What is the purpose of the photoshoot?This should be your first thought when deciding what to wear. Choose an appropriate outfit for the occasion and something that suits your personality.
  2. Keep the location & season in mind.Where is the photoshoot taking place? Choose an outfit that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. For example, if you’re on a beach, those new high heels might not be the most logical choice and you might end up looking a bit out of place (unless that’s what the theme calls for).
  3. Mix and match.Don’t be afraid to wear patterns or prints for your photoshoot but keep them to a minimum and try to pair them with solid colors. If you’re having a family photoshoot for example, have two family members in printed items and two in solid colors. Play with different colors to match the mood and setting of the shoot.
  4. Make your photos timeless.You might love that trendy top or pair of pants now but will your photos stand the test of time if you wear that item of clothing?
  5. What to do about makeup.This would depend on the type of photos you are taking. Fashion shoots will call for more dramatic makeup but for your everyday maternity, family or portrait shoots, keep your makeup natural and to a minimum.
  6. Fit is more important that you think.If you already have an outfit in mind for your shoot, try it on before the time to make sure that it fits correctly and compliments your body type. I always carry sets of black and white fashion clips with me so we can make some adjustments to get you looking great in your threads.
  7. Try not to go brand crazy.Wearing too much clothing with prominent brand names just makes you look like a walking ad. Clothing with large graphics on it also doesn’t work well as it will end up being the focus of your photos. This especially important for fashion shoots that aren’t paid by the designer. I’ll shoot you like a commercial if you want me to, but I think a statement that says “I’m fashionable” has more staying power than showing everyone you can afford the latest design from (fill in the blank).

The most important part of a fashion shoot is how comfortable you look in your own skin; be yourself and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. We’ll make some magic!

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