What to Wear


  • Use colors & patterns                                                                                                    

Colors are everywhere around us and bring things to life… why not bring your images to life as well!  Again, be sure the colors you use coordinate with each other and you don’t just end up looking like one big rainbow family! When picking patterns, choose smaller ones that won’t distract attention away from the main subject/s. Use patterns sparingly…. if one person is wearing a print, try to avoid putting someone else in a competing pattern.  When thinking about texture, choose different ones that will give photos some interest such as lace, corduroy, denim, etc.  Avoid large logo’s, emblems and graphics like “GAP” and “Old Navy” because again, these will typically distract attention away from the subject.  We want your faces and emotion to show, not promote the clothing company you purchased from.

  • Be timeless
For some fashionista’s, this may be a difficult concept, however you are going to want these images to stand the test of time.   Pick outfits that aren’t considered too trendy, but will be able to be enjoyed and displayed for many years to come.  One example of something that is timeless is jeans… classic look and style yet you can still incorporate your own flair into the outfit with your tops and accessories.  Still be YOU, never forget that!

  • Let your personalities SHINE
Perhaps the most important “rule” in my book.  The purpose of these photos is to hopefully capture each individual as they truly are.  Wear clothing that YOU feel good in and the pictures will emanate those feelings.  If you play a sport, or instrument it makes sense to include these in the images. Remember, you want to capture yourself as you are NOW.  Capture these moments as they are.

  • Dress for the season & location
Obviously you want your images to make sense.  One typically wouldn't be wearing jeans, boots, and a jacket to the beach in the summer so why would you for pictures?  Dress the part and be aware of your location.  For example, if you are shooting at the beach, ladies wear a pretty dress and sandals, guys in a short sleeve shirt and shorts OR pants (which you can also roll up).

  • Layering
One of my favorite “tips” for clothing choices!  In the summer months, this may be more difficult to pull off but during all of the other seasons, definitely layer your outfits.  Not only will it provide more visual interest in each photo but it will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses.  Have a ton of images of yourself in just your dress or cute top and jeans?  Throw on a little  sweater or jacket and a hat and you have entirely different look.

  • Personalize It
These are YOUR images and of course you want them to speak volumes about you! Discuss things you enjoy doing and bring “props” and accessories that will help compliment who you are.  If you enjoy playing music, bring your instrument to your session.  If you enjoy boating, suggest doing your session on a boat or at the very least near the water.  Bring along items that will represent who who you are.

  • Coordinate outfits
Now this doesn't mean everyone has to 100% match with khaki pants or jeans and a white shirt!  You want to complement each other’s outfits by choosing colors that work well together.  I find that if everyone is wearing the same clothing, people will all tend to blend in together and there won’t be too much pop and life to the images.  Coordinate VS. Matching… 

  • Remember where you came from
Typically, not something everyone will keep in mind before their session.  However, I always encourage clients to think about their home, their decor,colors, style and feel of their homes.  Chances are, at some point after your session, you will be ordering prints or digital files.  Why not keep your decor in mind and ensure that it all blends into your home.  This will ensure that any large portraits will coordinate beautifully.

  • Plan ahead
Make sure you have given yourself enough time to think about all of the details of your session.  Plan ahead so that #1 you can truly think about your photos and everything you want out of the session, #2 you aren't rushing and stressing out right before your session, and #3 if you have decided to go for a new look for your session or someone gets a bad haircut, you still have time to fix things if you need to.

  • Keep make up natural, but definitely use a little color
You will want to avoid using very heavy makeup, but a bit of color on your lips, eyes, and cheeks will help bring you to life in photos.  Be sure to bring some lip gloss with you as well.  Don’t risk getting drowned out!

  • Outfit changes
If time allows it, bring another set of outfits.  Again, you will get a lot more variety in your shots so why not capitalize on the opportunity and get the most bang for your buck!

  • Ladies & their shoes
I'm all for a sassy pair of shoes, however they may make for a very long and painful session.  If you plan on wearing heels, be sure to bring a pair of flats or flip flops that can help you get from point A to point B without any pain.  You can just swap them out as you need to.

Text courtesy of Corina Nielsen

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