What To Wear For Your Portrait Session

Updated: Sep 4, 2018

So, you have booked your portrait session and now are feeling stressed about picking your family's outfits.

Don't worry. I have a few tips that should help you out. 

Let's start with the DO NOTs.

Please stay away from the following:

-Text on clothing or large distracting graphics.

-Too much dark clothing.

When everyone is wearing black, the subjects in the portrait turn into black blobs that melt into each other.

-Too much dark, heavy eye makeup.

While very dark eye makeup may look great in person, I always advise my clients away from it for photos. The heavy makeup can sometimes make the eyes look like dark holes in the face, because the light is having a harder time reflecting off the eyes. If you tend to wear lots of eye makeup, try toning it down for a more natural look.

Here are some DOs:

-Pick a color pallet.

See above. A pallet of 3-4 colors is ideal. Don't worry about being matchy-matchy. Variety in colors is always nice.

- Light colors.

This is a personal preference, but I find that subdued colors like light blues, grays, pinks, beiges, etc. look beautiful in portraits and they all go well together.

- Choose Mom's outfit first.

Look at the color pallet of Mom's outfit and use those colors to base everyone else's outfits off of.

- Be YOU.

These are all suggestions based on my preferences and expertise. However, the purpose of a portrait is to capture the essence of you. So if you always wear bold colors and a mix of patterns then that's exactly what you should wear.

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