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What to wear to a photoshoot

Woman in a white flying dress on the black sand beach.

Many of you are maybe wondering what to wear to a photoshoot. I'm going to give you some advice. The most important advice I can give you is to be yourself and choose something that you like and feel comfortable of wearing.

Solid Colors

Solid colors are timeless and tend to photograph well. They draw attention to your face, making you the focal point of the image. Neutral tones like white, black, gray, and earthy tones work particularly well, but don't shy away from bold colors if they complement your skin tone.

Color theme

If you are going to a group or family photoshoot, it can be a good idea to select a palette of 3–4 colors. If one of the group would be wearing for example red and everyone else dark brown, then all the attention would be on that person wearing the red clothes. Avoid dressing the family all in plain black or white from head to toe.

Consider the Location and season

When having a portrait session outdoor, it can be a good idea to think about the season to choose your color palette. Consider what kind of photoshoot you want, casual or wearing more fancy clothes. It can also be a good idea to think about what colors make your photos pop, for example red or white dress on a black beach. But most importantly is to look at the weather forecast and think about If you are up to go out in -12°C cold wearing a dress. It will be worth it but remember to bring your warm clothes!If it is an indoor photoshoot, wear what you like and maybe consider what color of background you want.

A Woman wearing a orange dress lying in the moss

Things to avoid

  • Big and colorful logos on clothes.

  • Busy patterns

  • Having anything in your pockets, for example phone.

  • Chunky jewelry or smartwatches that take too much attention

  • Wrinkled clothes (remember to Iron your clothes, unless you don’t care if it will be wrinkled on the photos)

Things you might want to bring with you (ideas)

  • Extra clothes and accessories to switch up your appearance

  • Makeup (For example translucent powder)

  • Props - Toys for toddlers and kids - Something for your portrait photoshoot, just for fun. - Things for your maternity photoshoot. For example sonogram or flower bouquet.

Borrow a dress for your maternity photoshoot

If you are interested, I have a few maternity dresses and kimonos that I borrow for my photo session. Some of these dresses are also usable though you are not pregnant.

In the end

Remember, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident, so let your personality come through. This blog is just few ideas and advice from me.


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