One of the most commonly asked question I get on a daily basis is: “What should I wear to my shoot?” And quite honestly, this is a very important element of the shoot, because wardrobe can elevate it, and give the photographs a unique feel or do the exact opposite. I know! It sounds a bit extreme, but bear with me while I tell you why.
Do you want your shoot to be timeless, stylish, or vintage? Well, location, style, and wardrobe will take part in making it happen.
Let’s talk basics for a minute. When we’re wearing something that makes us feel comfortable and nice, we feel better, right? But, when we're obsessing about one of our sleeves being too tight, or wondering if our dress is too short, our minds are constantly busy with those thoughts. When we wear something that we know fit us correctly, and most importantly, we feel good, our movements are natural and careless, which is what we strive for.
All in all, we don’t want an outfit that is going to make us feel self conscious or nervous about how it is being perceived, because it will translate in front of the camera and affect the photographs.
Remember, the most comfortable and relaxed you are, the better the photos will come out.
The first thing I think about when one of my clients asks me what they should wear to their shoot is what time of the year it is. The season of the year you decide to have your photo shoot at will give it a specific vibe, and you can help it happen by playing around with location and wardrobe, which is something the photographer you’re working with should definitely advise you with.
You’ll have completely different options if you decide to have your shoot in the summer, than if you have it in the fall. So first of all, I will tell my clients to wear something that goes along with the season. An example would be a pair of leggings with a skirt and a leather jacket for winter, especially if it’s a solo shoot. Another point to consider, which is extremely important is location—especially if it’s an outdoor location. You don’t want to go against the location with your outfit; instead, you want to complement it to get the most out of it.
The more cohesive all these elements are, the better results you’ll have. I’m a big fan of taking advantage of summer with cute dresses, light color tops, sandals, and all those fun stuff to add to the summer vibe.
Fall, for example, will have many warm colors, such as browns, and oranges. You can really choose an outfit that complements those colors, such as rich reds, olive greens, and pale yellows. You can’t go wrong with cardigans and sweaters, especially when it comes to couple’s and family sessions.
There are other things to consider apart from wardrobe when thinking of preparing for your photo shoot, and it will change depending on the location and time of year.
For example, if you’re having your photo shoot during the summer months when the weather is hot and humid in most places, you may consider bringing a backup bag with some clothes in the trunk in case something happens to what you’re wearing. I advise this to anybody, but especially to parents that are doing family portrait sessions with their little ones.
Some essentials to pack:
- Always pack an extra outfit for your children. Little ones are always running around, and if they get their outfit dirty, you can quickly take care of it by having a back.
- Have an extra blouse in case something happens to the one you have on.
- Pack a small bag with tissues, hand sanitizer, hairbrush, and something to retouch your make-up.