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Are you wondering what to wear for your photoshoot?

5 things to consider when choosing your outfit.

There are no rules when it comes to what to wear for a photoshoot, however I do have some tips to make your photos beautiful and timeless.  A photo shoot should be relaxed and enjoyable. Wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable will help you look relaxed in the photos.

What to think about when choosing your outfit.

Contrast is your friend. Make sure you set yourself apart from your background by wearing colours you know won’t blend in. For example, if you are having photos taken in a garden setting, you would avoid wearing greens/browns. The background should always be taken into consideration when choosing outfits for a portrait. Another thing to consider is your skin tone. If you are about to put on your favourite red dress, have a look in a mirror (in natural light if possible) and look for any colour reflections underneath your chin. Does the colour of your dress change the way your skin looks? Does it give you a ruddy complexion? Grey has a tendency to make you look washed out, yet on some people it can work with their skin. Every skin type has colours that compliment it, so it pays to think about colour & contrast to bring out the best in your features and skin tone. If you’ve booked in for an engagement session it’s really lovely if you can dress up! Nice ironed shirt and a flowy dress works beautifully.  

What should I avoid wearing?

The one thing you really should avoid wearing is any clothing with large logos or motifs/characters.  These graphics, particularly logos can really weaken the focal point (your beautiful face!). The eye is drawn to what stands out, and in this case logos. For example, I think it is wonderful that my son loves paw patrol but I would not dress him in his paw patrol branded hoodie for a professional portrait. You want your portraits to stand the test of time. I definitely have many photos of him in his favourite clothes, but would select something more timeless and less distracting for a professional session. Also with children choose outfits that fit well and they are comfortable in.

What colours to choose?!

For group and family photos it’s better to wear outfits that don’t match, but go together. Choosing a similar colour palette looks tidy. Keeping a group in similar colours focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait. Mismatched colours in groups tend to be more distracting.  Most photographers prefer not to photograph reds, oranges and bright pinks. Any neon or overly saturated colours don’t work well for photoshoots. Bright colours attract attention away from the face and may be reflective. Red is the hardest to get right in photos. It can end up looking too pink or too orange. Dark clothing is slimming. Darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background, so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. When choosing lighter colours, stick to pastels, but avoid pink tones. Jeans/pants and white or black tops are always very nice for a family portrait. If it’s summer a nice flowy dress can look stunning in photo shoots.

Accessories

Scarves are great for adding colour and interest, as are necklaces or other pieces of jewellery. I would avoid being to bold however and not overaccesorise. Overbearing or heavily noticeable accessories can be a major distraction. Hats are fine, just make sure they don’t hide the eyes. Don’t forget your shoes. They don’t have to be the shoes you bust out of the wardrobe for weddings, but ensure that they are clean and tidy. Simple and minimal works best. Eye glasses are preferred to not be worn. Non-reflective lenses, of course, are a big help if you choose to wear them.

Hair and make up

If you wear foundation, ensure that the coverage is even and there are no lines around your neck. I would recommend wearing a touch more make up than usual. This helps define your face in the photos. Hair styles are entirely up to you! Just make sure I can see your gorgeous faces. It is a great idea, if it is in your budget, to have your makeup and hair professionally done for your photography session. It will make a huge difference in how you look and feel.

Just remember, the most important thing to consider for your photoshoot is how comfortable you feel. If an item of clothing makes you feel self-concious, don’t wear it! Wear what makes you feel good about yourself! Also please note what you wear in your photoshoot stays in the photos you recieve. So think about things like bra-straps, crinkled shirts etc. before you come on the day. I will not photoshop items of clothing out or change colours in the post-editing process.