I get asked this question all the time, as in pretty much before every photo session. It’s a good question. A smart wardrobe decision can help enhance the photo while a not-so-great choice of outfit can sometimes take away from your photo. And let’s face it, neither one of us wants that. Hopefully this post will help you when trying to put together outfits for your session.
Try not to over think it too much. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true. Do you and your fiancé and/or family normally wear the exact same thing? Not usually. Everyone has their own unique style and personality. You don’t need to match exactly; try to coordinate your colors and patterns so they don’t clash.
I love layers, and they tend to photograph really well. Girls: Scarves, light jackets, lace, ruffles, etc. Another thing to consider is not to wear outfits that are baggy looking. No matter what your size, this will help give you a more slender look. Accessories are also a lot of fun and can easily add some extra color to your outfit. Bangles, earrings, high heels, etc.
Guys: Same principle for you. Layers and texture. Jeans, jackets and hats always look good.
Here are my three main tips when it comes to picking out your wardrobe for photos:
1. Be yourself!
I want to capture who you are! If your personality is more country than city, then cowboy boots and jeans or a cute casual dress might be what you’re most comfortable in as opposed to high heals and a super fancy dress. If you wear clothes to your session that you’re not comfortable in, then you’re not going to FEEL comfortable at the shoot, and that will ultimately effect the overall outcome of your photos. The more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you are and the more relaxed you are the better your photos.
2. Patterns are good, but don’t overdo it.
Patterns can add great dimension to your photos, but you don’t want to go over the top with it. If you’re preparing for a family session of five or six people can you imagine all six wearing striped shirts? It’s going to look busy and chaotic. Instead, have one or two persons wear a patterned shirt and the rest go with a more solid-colored piece of clothing.
Here’s a great example of pairing a pattern with another outfit. This isn’t a huge family photo, but you can see how Brynn’s striped dress balances perfectly with the solid neutrals that Zach is wearing.
3. Coordinate, don’t matchy-match
You don’t want everyone to be wearing jeans and black or white shirts. That’s boring and not as interesting and photogenic as it could be if you coordinated colors instead of matching completely. I always recommend wearing a more subtle colors and accenting it with another color. An example could be wearing browns and creams and accenting it with green. How do you accent? It’s easy! Green scarves, jackets, shoes, jewelry, etc. will help make your photo pop even more and be more pleasing to the eye.
If you would like to see more examples and ideas of these tips put into action, head over to my Pinterest board HERE where I have pinned some wardrobe collections that I think would help enhance a photo.