What to wear for your Photoshoot

Studio Photoshoot – Clothing Ideas

18th October 2017

Many factors are important when creating the perfect photograph. Lighting, posing, facial expressions and clothing all play an important part. If one element is off balance the result can be that the final image doesn’t look right. Your photographer will work with you to ensure that most of these factors are set to create the perfect family portrait, however what to wear for your photoshoot is something you will need to consider in advance of your photography session.  Whether it is a family portrait, photos of the children or a maternity photoshoot what you wear is an important factor, so below are some top tips from me to help you plan what to wear for your photoshoot.

Slice of Life Photography - Beach sunset photoshoot with sisters, Stamford Photographer
  1. Co-ordinate Outfits

It is important to ensure that what each person participating in the photoshoot blends together well.  This doesn’t mean everyone should wear exactly the same colours and tones but it does mean that what you wear for your photoshoot should complement one another.

  1. Simplicity is best

Photographers want to emphasis your faces and emotion and wearing plain clothing helps to avoid distractions within the photographs.Logo’s and patterns can draw attention away from you and your family.

Slice of Life Photography - Sweet little boy sitting on log, Lincoln photographer

3. Be Timeless

Try to avoid wearing clothing that represents the latest fashion. Timeless clothing such as jeans, or a classic style will still look good displayed in your home in years to come.

4. Dress for the time of year

This is particularly important if you have opted for an outdoor photoshoot. You want your images to make sense so consider where you are having your photos taken and dress appropriately for the location and time of year.

Slice of Life Photography - outdoor photoshoot in hay bales, Boston Photographer

5. Use accessories to show your personalities

It is important that the portraits created show your personalities and style, so use simple accessories to do this without over powering the finished look. A pretty hair bow, soft scarf or funky shoes can all bring out your personality without distracting from the co-ordinated look.

Slice of Life Photography - Beautiful mummy to be, maternity photographer Peterborough

Fine art portrait Spalding photographer6. Wear layers and textures

Wearing textures and layers can add depth and interest to a photograph whilst maintaining the co-ordinated colours. Linen, Lace, and cord can complement one another whilst helping to separate individuals.

7. Shoes matter

Don’t forget to think about your footwear. If you are in the studio it maybe that your photographer will ask you to go barefoot but for outdoor photoshoots your footwear can make or break an outfit.

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Portrait Spalding Photographer

8. Be comfortable

This is especially important for young children. You don’t want them in an outfit that they don’t like or find irritating. The likely outcome is they will be fidgety and tugging at their clothes during their photoshoot.

9. Don’t forget hair and make-up

Your make-up should be subtle and natural and compliment your chosen clothing. It is important that your hairstyle is representative of you, but it is also helpful to try and avoid your hair falling across your face to avoid distracting shadows and hair falling into the eyes.

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Portrait of 2 Brothers, Boston photographer

10. Consider your home decor

This may sound like a strange thing to consider when deciding what to wear for your photoshoot but you want your pictures to compliment your home, particularly if you are planning on displaying a wonderful piece of large wall art.

I hope that you have found this article on what to wear for your photoshoot helpful in planning the perfect outfit. Your photographer will be the perfect person to chat to about styling ideas if you want further advice. At my Spalding photography studio in Lincolnshire I have a range of outfits for many photo shoot styles so it is always worth asking as it maybe that outfits can be provided for all or some members of the family.


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