Even if I do not get asked this question directly, I know that people are questioning what to wear leading up to their photoshoot! I want this to be a simple but informative post that will help anyone to confidently plan their outfits. Use these tips to create a blend of outfits that coordinate, fit your style, and make your photos ones you will love!
If you get hung up, reach out to me for help!
Start with one person's outfit
Often times we have a "look" in mind. It might be your favorite dress, or the cutest romper for your little girl. Start with that favorite item and then coordinate the other outfits around it.
Coordinate, do not match
When photos have all matching colors there is no distinction between each individual. Choose a simple color pallet and have everyone wear items that each pull in one or some of those colors.
Solids and patterns
Solids are an easy way to ensure that outfits do not clash and become too busy. When choosing patterns use large patterns and limit the number of people in patterned items. Choose different clothing textures to add variety!
Match the setting
Colors and style of clothing need to match the style of the location. When doing a natural setting photoshoot it is best to stick with natural colors such as earth tones, muted jewels, or neutral shades. Also stay away from being too casual or too formalin clothing choices.
What I love: Mom chose a dress that made her look and feel great. The match colored bow is a perfect way to coordinate with mom.
What I love: This a perfect outfit for an active 3 year old to run around the garden! The primary colors and linen material fit the setting perfectly.
What I Love: Choosing a simple color pallet means that you do not have to make sure everything matches. Now the subjects are the center of attention!
What I love: The lace is a perfect way to add texture! I love the contrast of the blues with the yellow flowers.
What to avoid
These colors do not photograph well and can cast odd colors on to the subject's face.
VERY SATURATED COLORS
bright red, bright yellow, royal blues.... Instead, try more muted versions of the same color: so for instance, replace bright yellow with mustard, etc.
Wear regular glasses or contacts at the photoshoot so your eyes can be seen
ATHLETIC T-SHIRTS OR POLOS
Cotton t-shirts are too casual for a photoshoot. Athletic polos have a sheen to them that do not photograph well. Try a short sleeved cotton or linen button up instead.
CLOTHING WITH GLITTER OR SEQUINS
LOW CUT SHIRTS OR SHORT DRESSES
TOO MANY FUSSY ACCESSORIES
FORMAL DRESS SHIRTS THAT NEED TUCKED
TEXT OR LOGOS
KIDS CLOTHES THAT SHOW DIAPER OR UNDERWEAR
What I Love: Coordinating colors of pastels made this cousin shoot fun and each family able to find clothing that worked well together!
Reminder: Do not forget to plan the shoes! They will show in pictures and need to coordinate with the outfit. Pick simple, solid colored shoes to not distract.
What I Love: Choosing solid colors and simple patterns allow for the flowers and setting to be the pops of color! If it is still chilly out, opt for a jean jacket or little sweater.
What I Love: Mom in small print floral dress and a complimentary color on the little girl. The materials are perfect for a summer flower field!