Tips on What to Wear for your Portrait Session

I have to say one of my most common questions prior to a portrait session is “What should I wear?” Below I’ve outline my top 5 tips to help you prep for session. Give them a read and comment if you have any tips I should add and expand on!

  • Consider your location
    When choosing what to wear it’s important to consider the location of your session. It’s best to think of the potential backdrops you’re images will have. For example are you going to be at a busy apple orchard or a beach. If you are having your portraits taken at a location where there are a ton of different backdrop options wearing neutral colors is the way to go, but wearing patterns can distract from the main focus of the photo.
  • Choose timeless clothing
    Stay away from trendy clothing options…unless you plan on having portraits done more than once a year. Don’t get me wrong having a fun creative photo session is a great idea and lots of fun! But you have keep in mind your plans for the final images. For example, am I going to display this in my home or is this just for fun? Wearing timeless clothing will most likely lead to you wanting to display images from your session year after year.
  • Choose an outfit you feel most confident in.
    When you’re wearing an outfit that makes you feel good it’s displayed through your confidence. It’ll be easier to pose and smile for the camera if you’re not worried about what your wearing!
  • Coordinate but don’t match.
    I always think that some of the best photos are the ones where everyone is wearing something from the same color scheme. Choose a few colors and pick items that will match the scheme.
  • Ask your photographer!
    My last tip in planning your photo session is work with your photographer. Yes, they are there to take your photos and make sure they are everything you expect. However, part of that process is making sure you have everything you need prior to start of your session.

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