Style is important!
What you wear to your session can make or break it. I’m not even trying to be dramatic, but have you ever seen the photos where everyone is wearing the exact same thing and just cringe? Yeah, that’s what were trying to avoid here. But no need to stress, this simple guide will help you pick out a perfect outfit that not only reflects who you are but also compliments the scenery of where you’ll be shooting!
Stick with what you know!
When planning your outfits for your portrait session, make sure you choose something that reflects who you are along with your true style! Don’t feel pressured to dress a certain way just because you feel like you have to! You’ll feel more confident in something that you know you love— which then reflects in your vibe throughout your shoot! I will typically have my clients bring at least two outfits, one more formal and one more casual— but you can switch it up to your own liking and how you see fits you and yours the best!
Dress for the location & weather
This one is a no brainer. Make sure you’re dressing appropriately for the weather and location! That means if it’s going to be hot, don’t wear a sweater and jeans, and if it’s cold, don’t go out in a mini dress! You also need to be aware of the type of shoes you’ll be wearing for certain locations and terrain. I always suggest to bring an extra pair of walking shoes so if you do plan on wearing heels or uncomfortable shoes, you’ll have something to switch into for the walking portion!
The best rule of thumb is to stick to neutrals. That means wearing solid colors (not neons) and sticking with clothing that doesn’t have any crazy patterns or logos. You’ll also want to take into consideration the location that you’ll be shooting in— if you’re shooting in a forest, you’ll want to stay away from greens or browns since you’ll blend in to the background, etc. A good go to is lighter colors such as whites, beiges, and pastel colors. All black outfits can work as well, as long as the background isn’t dark!
Casual outfits examples.
Denim is simple and can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on your preference! You can wear light wash, dark wash or black denim with a simple, solid colored shirt! You can both wear denim for a more relaxed and casual vibe. Throw on a cute hat or beanie and you have a super casual (but cute) outfit for your sesh!
Dressy outfit examples.
If you want to dress it up a bit and make more of a statement, then you can’t go wrong with a flowy dress and some dress pants/shirt. Feel free to go as extra as you want— you can keep the dress super simple and casual or you can get an over the top dress! For the guys, you can opt for dress pants and a button down shirt, or even wear a full tux! Whatever floats your boat!