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Deciding on What to Wear

How to Decide What to Wear to Your Photoshoot

Top tips for getting the most out of your professional portrait session.

If you are prepping for your first professional pictures you probably have a couple questions about what to expect. A common concern for people having their portraits taken is what to wear.

7 Top Tips for Deciding What to Wear for a Photoshoot

1.What is the purpose of the photoshoot? This should be your first thought when deciding what to wear. Choose an appropriate outfit for the occasion and something that suits your personality. You likely don't want to wear a tux to the beach. A linen pant set would be more appropriate.

2.Keep the location & season in mind. Where is the photoshoot taking place? Choose an outfit that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. For example, if you’re on a beach, those new high heels might not be the most logical choice and you might end up looking a bit out of place, not to mention, not able to walk very well!

3.Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to wear patterns or prints for your photoshoot but keep them to a minimum and try to pair them with solid colors. If you’re having a family photoshoot for example, have two family members in printed items and two in solid colors. Play with different colors to match the mood and setting of the shoot. I recommend picking one piece and working off that. So say your dress is a blue floral, your husband might pick a blue shirt that matches your dress and your daughter might be in a pink dress that matches.

4.Make your photos timeless. You might love that trendy top or pair of pants now but make sure it's not too trendy.

5.What to do about makeup. This would depend on the type of photos you are taking. Fashion shoots will call for more dramatic makeup but for your everyday maternity, family or portrait shoots, keep your makeup natural and to a minimum. Eyeliner and mascara is usually really helpful.

6.Fit is more important that you think. If you already have an outfit in mind for your shoot, try it on before the time to make sure that it fits correctly and compliments your body type. Don't wear something that is too big, it will make you look bigger than you are.

7.Try not to go brand crazy. Wearing too much clothing with prominent brand names just makes you look like a walking ad. Clothing with large graphics on it also doesn’t work well as it will end up being the focus of your photos.

Remember to have fun on your photoshoot, be yourself and don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for guidance.

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