Your clothing choice can be greatly influenced by the type of session you are going for. For example, you wouldn’t usually wear country style clothes in an urban or city scene. Likewise, you wouldn’t normally wear high-fashion clothing on a farm shoot. Keep in mind rules can be broken, but must be done with intent. Below, please see some of the most common tips to help you choose an outfit for your photo session. Whenever there is difficulty in deciding, always bring multiple outfits with you to your session and let us help you choose what to wear. You are always welcomed to call or email and ask questions!
- If in doubt, simple pastel colors tend to be better for photo sessions. If you are going for dramatic, dark or bold colors can work.
- Black clothing can be slimming so use this if you desire to help conceal some weight.
- White clothing takes emphasis away from your face. Try a more subdued cream color instead of plain white, if possible. Our eyes are attracted to the brightest area and the area with the most contrast in the photo.
- Avoid clothing with lots of heavy patterns or words/logos.These ultimately compete for attention in your photos and draw attention away from your beautiful face!
- Wear clothing that is appropriate for your body type! (see information below).
- If there will be more than one person in the photo, be sure to coordinate clothing, but don’t wear the exact same outfit.
- Accessorize with your clothing! Adding things such as scarves, hats, flowers, jewelry, sweaters, vests, or jackets can make an image feel more complete.
- Use items of clothing and accessories with a variety of textures. The textures can make an ordinary image become much more fulfilling.
- Wear shoes that match the style and clothing in your session. Wearing sneakers in a fashion session, for example, can completely destroy the image. The shoe selection ties everything together 🙂
- Consider how your images will be used. If you plan to use the images for Christmas cards, feel free to dress festively. If you will use the images in large prints or canvases in your living space, dress to match your decor (even if the type of clothes are out of season!).
Body Type Matters
Like it or not, we all have a certain body type. There is nothing to be ashamed of–everyone has beautiful features! Just be aware that your body type does influence your clothing choice for photos. Please look at the chart below to find your body type and accompanying suggestions for clothing.
- Avoid ruffles or bright colored tops
- Avoid no-sleeve or spaghetti strap tops
- Consider bottoms with more shape (such as flared skirts) vs. something like skinny jeans
The Column and Rectangle
- Wear shirts with a smaller waist or a belt over top to define the waist
- Consider patterns in clothing that give a sense of shape
- Consider pleats or fabric to provide shape
- Don’t wear oversized clothing! You want your clothes to provide some shape
- Wear clothing to help define a waistline, such as an empire waist clothing, single button jacket, or a belt around the waist
- Avoid tops with high necklines
- Brighter colors or details on the top
- Darker colors and paler clothing on the bottom
- Bare arms/strapless clothing is acceptable
- Avoid side pockets or details on clothing at the hips and thighs
The Hour Glass
- Wear fitted, not loose clothing