I have been asked a couple times in the past what I recommend people should wear to their shoot. Well here are a few tips I feel work great for if you're having trouble thinking of that perfect outfit for yourself or your family for an upcoming photo shoot!
Coordinate but don't match!
Pick out a few color choices and go off of that. Usually have one person that stands out with their pattern and take colors from it for everyone else's outfits, keeping them more simple. The photo below shows this perfectly!
Add Layers & Texture!
Adding layers and texture to your outfits helps to add interest in your photos. For layers just adding a simple scarf or jacket will give that little pop needed. Texture can be anything from lace, ruffles and crochet. Do what fits your style best! Here's a photo where adding a layer made this photo complete, just having the sun dress wouldn't be the same.
Go for Comfort!
When it comes to dressing children for a photo session you want to make sure they are comfortable and can move around! Having an outfit on a child that isn't comfortable for them can make them grumpy for the shoot. Also I suggest if you are going to do an outfit change on a child only do one change. If you want to have variety in the outfits add layers! Adults need to also make sure they pick out an outfit that they feel comfortable in! Photo below shows a child who was comfortable in his outfit and could move around freely!
Accessorize to add a pop!
Accessorize your outfit with scarves, accent jewelry and hats. Don't let the accessory take over the photo, you are the one that's supposed to stand out! Help to add pops of colors from your outfit with your accessory. The photo below shows this perfectly!
Shoes do Matter!
Your choice of shoes can help an outfit or hurt it. Wearing cowgirl boots when your shoot is going to be taken in a field works perfectly, adding ballet flats to your dance theme shoot is helping to complete your outfit! Sometimes no shoes is best! Please just don't wear your old gym shoes to a family shoot, etc. Only time sneakers work are if they are some funky Converse or a senior doing a sport theme shoot like the photo below!
Patterns are Fine!
Don't be scared to have patterns in your outfit choices, patterns work well in moderation. Usually only have one person in a pattern and the rest in simple more solid pieces or make sure any other patterns are subtle and complement each other! Here's a photo of a pattern with a solid outfit, which makes them look great together!
Hopefully this helps for past and future clients who may struggle on outfit choices for their upcoming session!