Dress for Success: What to Wear for your Photo Session

Dress for Success: What to Wear for your Photo Session


Rule #1: Coordinate—but don’t be matchy/matchy

If you’re shooting with another person, make sure your outfits complement one another’s. Choose a consistent color palette (which does not mean the same color). If someone is wearing a bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids, but be sure each carries one or more colors from the “star” outfit for consistency.

Rule #2: Accessorize!

Scarves, hats, bows, bands all add a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also a great place to coordinate looks.  For example, if Mom is wearing a bright pattern with lavender, pink and gray, little brother can rock a pair of gray sneakers while Dad can choose a lavender shirt and big sis wears a pink headband.

Rule #3: Try for Texture

Layers and textures and can add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with gorgeous, simple detailing—embroidery, tweed, ribbons, etc.—or layer pieces to add dimension and texture. The texture is especially important if you want a lot of black and white shots, which naturally need more visual depth and detail than color images. Also, because you’ll want to keep the pace going during your session, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes—pull off the sweater, slip on the vest and you’ve got a whole new look!

Rule #4: Dress Kids for Comfort & Movement

Kids naturally run, skip, dance and jump around during photo sessions—they’re kids! To avoid unnecessary aggravation, let them be comfortable in the clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, fedoras, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so when the kids start getting wild, their clothes will look even better.

Rule #5: Be Timeless

You’ll have these pictures for generations—don’t date yourself! Choose classic, timeless pieces, or even vintage apparel and accessories. Opt for the latest trends, and you may feel otherwise about that fabulous outfit in a few years (or even a few months) from now.

The choice of what to wear at your session is quite a personal one. The general rule is to wear clothing that reflects your family’s style. We suggest coordinating clothes and colors and choosing a mix of a few tones that go together within a palette of colors, rather than using only one color.  Although it may seem easier to dress everyone in matching clothes (such as white shirt and denim pants), adding complementary tones gives a much more pleasing and natural look. You are more than welcome to bring along a couple of different outfits if you are unsure or would like to add some variety. We are also available to assist you in finding the right style for your family.

Try staying away from extremely bold colors as well as clothing with large pictures, logos, and words. Make sure that the clothing is comfortable and easy to move in, especially for young children. If your child has something special that he or she wants to wear such as their favorite costume, shoes or outfit, please feel free to bring it along. It is important that kids get the chance to be able to express themselves during a session and we can document that milestone in their lives.