The outfits you choose for your session are one of the most important factors in your photos. Poorly-selected clothing can really take away from an otherwise great image. Not only your attire plays a huge role in the visual aspect of the photographs, but it also has an effect on everyone else’s mood and energy.
Let’s admit it, though! Choosing what to wear can be a daunting task and so I wanted to share some tips and tricks with you today to make that process a lot easier! Remember, the right outfit doesn’t mean purchasing a whole new wardrobe. It’s about keeping a few guidelines in mind and wearing clothes you probably already have that showcase your personality. After all, North Saplings Photography is about documenting the honest story of you.
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COORDINATE, NOT MATCH
Forget the times and images where everyone was wearing the exact same thing! Instead, implement a coordination mentality. Select a few colours in your colour palette and choose the clothing for the rest of the subjects based on those few colours. This allows for more creativity and individuality. For example, for a family session, mom may want to choose what she is wearing first and coordinate around those colours for the rest of the family. Earth tones, pastels or neutrals will have the best results on camera and give your photos a cohesive look.
FOR FAMILY SESSIONS: choose clothing that your child likes to wear.
If you have a specific outfit or look in mind, get your child(ren) wearing that outfit a few times beforehand so that they can get used to it. Putting their outfits on for the very first time just before the session might turn into an argument. As an alternative, you could also have a few options ready so they can choose and therefore feel in charge. #momhack
When it comes to outfits for children or babies, please avoid character tops and graphic tees with busy or overpowering patterns. Make sure clothes are the right size and there are no oversized ruffle and frills, for example.
CHOOSE SOLIDS AND LARGE PATTERNS
Solid colours paired with large patterns, textures or stripes will look spectacular. That said, avoid small and tight patterns. Tiny prints and stripes do not photograph well. The camera reads them and creates its own unique pattern called “moire” and it isn’t desirable. Staying away from small, tight stripes and prints will save your photos!
If you prefer a dreamy look, choose pastel colours, off-white, and soft prints. If you are wanting to achieve a dramatic look, choose colours that are bright and bold. Don’t be shy about mixing colours and patterns. Be creative. Whatever you choose, though, avoid super bright, saturated, neon-like colours at all costs.
Young children in dresses and skirts should have some sort of undergarment covering up diapers and/or underwear. For adults, maxi dresses work beautifully for most sessions. They create motion and move with you as opposed to staying rigid. That said, avoid short “shift” dresses, dresses with stiff fabric and no defining features, as well as, jersey knit fabric, which can show undergarment lines.
HAIR AND MAKE UP
When it comes to hair and makeup – don’t do something very different to your style. You most likely won’t be used to the look and therefore might find your photos off for some reason – which most likely be your new hair/make up. Stick to what you know suits you or other objects best already.
ACCESSORIES AND LAYERS
They will give you an opportunity for different looks throughout the session without having to actually change your outfit. A shawl, dress or loose jacket will accentuate movement in photos. Necklaces, hats, scarves, bracelets etc. add an extra little touch to an outfit and translate really well in photos. However, accessories should be minimal. Too many will take away the spotlight from your face and outfit. Shoes should always complement the overall outfit or be as neutral as possible!
CONSIDER LOCATION AND BACKGROUND
Consider the backdrop of your location when picking out clothes. In the fall, for example, fields or trees are golden, thus rich jewel tones like indigo, cranberry and olive green pop against the background. At the beach, muted blues and pastels play off the colour of the sky and sand. Also, don’t forget to dress for the weather. If you’ve booked your session at the beach, plan to be barefoot for most of your session. Likewise, if the temperature is cooler, be prepared with sweaters or jackets that coordinate with your wardrobe.
THINK ABOUT YOUR HOME DECOR
Family sessions are very likely to result in a beautiful family portrait on the wall of your home. Try to match your clothing choices with the decor and colour scheme of the room where you are planning on hanging photos.
NEWBORN SESSION: BABY ATTIRE
Photographing a baby in a snug neutral and pastel colour onesie that fits well is my favourite approach, mainly because a majority of other clothes just swallow a baby that young. I suggest having a neutral or solid swaddle and a neutral diaper cover or cloth diaper on hand as well. Most importantly, keep in mind that the clothing will look best if it fits well and keeps the focus on the baby. If the clothing is too big it will bunch around the baby’s face, and just look awkward instead of cute in photographs.
I hope you find this guide helpful! If you have any hesitations when preparing for your session – feel free to check in with me. I would be happy to guide you further! Below, I’ve also linked a few Pinterest boards for ideas and inspiration.
At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing your photoshoot style/wardrobe, make sure you’re wearing something that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and relaxed.
As long as you plan in advance, avoid fashion fads, and stay away from stiff or boxy fabric, that can crease and fold in all the wrong places – you’re on the right track choosing the best clothes for your session!!!!
If you have any questions or you think I should add something else to the list – let me know in the comments below!