Choosing outfits is simultaneously the most fun and the most stressful part of getting professional photos done. This guide will hopefully make it a little more fun and a little less stressful. This guide caters to seniors or to people getting their photo taken individually. When posing with other people, refer to my Family Style Guide
1. Comfort and Confidence
Comfort and confidence should be the most important things you think about when choosing an outfit. If you’re uncomfortable in your outfit, it will show in the photos. Choose something you can move and play in is ideal. And choose something you feel amazing in! Keep this in mind while reading the next tips - I can give you suggestions, but when it comes down to it, wear what you love.
2. Stay away from crazy patterns
Do your best to stay away from super bold colors or patterns. Often clothing like this detracts from the main work of art - you! It can detract from beautiful, colorful locations when the outfit is what’s making a statement. If you want to be bold, stick with a bold color as opposed to large patterns
3. Layer up
Layers are great! Layers add more depth to your outfit and also provide more opportunities for poses. It’s better to set a jacket to the side on location than be wishing you had thought to wear one.
4. More is more
Like the layering, it’s better to decide you don’t want to wear extra accessories halfway through your shoot than to get mad at yourself for not dressing yourself up a little more. Bring a hat, bringthe fun earrings, we can always shoot with and without them so you can have your pick later.
5. No logos
It’s always better to stay away from big logos. Brands come and go and you want to look at these photos in ten years and have them feel timeless.
Wearing outfits with fun texture or a lot of flow to them is always a good idea! It can add beautiful detail and depth to your photos.
7. Need help?
Really just not sure where to start? Think about making a Pinterest board for ideas or consider adding outfit styling to your photoshoot package. Or just ask your photographer! I am by no means a stylist, but I can absolutely get you started down the right path.
When it comes to shoes, I definitely recommend wearing something comfortable. Heels are great, but sometimes the perfect location can include a little off roading. If you’re set on heels, think about bringing a pair of sandals or sneakers to wear until you get to the exact spot you’ll be shooting.
9. Get started early
Try your best not to procrastinate when it comes to picking outfits. Finding clothes last minute always adds to the stress. I personally don’t pick locations for my clients until I know what they’re wearing and finding out the day before the shoot can put me in a stressful situation as well.
10. Dress for the weather
I cannot stress this point enough. Dressing for the weather goes back to comfort - if you’re uncomfortable, it’ll show! If you’re really set on wearing a beautiful strapless dress, wait till the spring to shoot in it.
11. Have a backup plan
Try to have at least one other outfit set aside the day of just in case. If something doesn’t fit like you thought or you get something on it right before the shoot, you’ll be happy you have a backup.
12. Sweat the small stuff
Before you leave the house, do a once over, and maybe have someone take a look too. Make sure your clothing is steamed so it’s not super wrinkling, check to make sure no bra straps or spanx are showing, take hair ties off your wrists. I’ll be checking for these things too, but it’s helpful if you give me a head start.
13. Most importantly - be you!
Like I said, wear what feels right. Show off your style and your personality. Don’t try to be something you’re not - create authentic memories by being you.