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8 Tips on What to Wear for Portrait Sessions

April 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Deciding on the perfect outfit, or even worse, the perfect coordinating outfits for a portrait session can be just as challenging as finding a photographer or deciding on a location. These are pictures that you are hoping to cherish for several years to come, and it's hard to know where to start when picking clothes to wear. 

That being said, I wanted to do something a little different this time and put together a list of suggestions in order for your images to be the best they can be. Use these tips when deciding on a wardrobe for your portrait session. 

1.) Choose from the same color palette, but don't match.

The days of everyone wearing jeans and a white t-shirt are over! Choose a handful of different colors and clothing that fits that overall color scheme. 

2.) Limit Patterns

You should be the focus of your images, not what you are wearing. Stay away from busy patterns that may be distracting. In a group of several people, one pattern can work to bring the other colors together, but not everyone should be wearing them.

3.) Consider Your Home Decor

Since you will likely be displaying the images in your home, think about how the colors of your clothing will match your color scheme. 

4.) Accessorize!

Don't be afraid to accessorize with items like necklaces, ties, or hats. Accessories can add interest and detail to images, and also be fun to play with during the session. 

5.) Avoid Black and White

Try to avoid clothing that is all white or all black (a little is ok though!). It's easy to lose detail in photographs with these colors because of their high contrast.

6.) Don't Shy Away from Textures

Something as simple as a scarf or belt can add interest to an image. If it's cold out, bring a blanket! 

7.) Choose Classic, Simple Clothes

Trends come and go, but your images should last a lifetime. Choose timeless clothing that is unlikely to go out of style. 

8.) Consider Your Background

Think about where you will be taking the images and how the colors will work together. Wearing a navy shirt in front of a black wall, for example, will make you blend in. 


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