• Laurie Pilia

5 Tips on Selecting the Best Outfits for your Next Photo Session

The most common question I get asked from my clients is "What should we wear?" so today I would like to share with you 5 tips that will help you to pick the best outfit choices for your next photo session.

WHAT TO WEAR 1. CHOOSE A COLOR SCHEME Start by thinking about where you will be displaying the photos in your home. The colors you choose should be harmonious with your decor. You wouldn’t want to take a perfect family photo only to discover that the bright yellow dress you looked so great in clashes terribly with the serene grays and blues in your living room. Once you have a general color idea, pick a palette of coordinating tones. My favorite advice clients is four colors but it could be five for large families and three for couples. At least two or three of these colors should be neutrals – black, white, khaki, grey, denim (yes – denim makes a great neutral.) Then you can choose a pop of color to add some interest.

2. MIX AND MATCH The key is to coordinate not match exactly. So, a family of four does not need to be all wearing the same color shirt. Coordinate colors with a common theme.

3. PATTERNS & TEXTURE A good general rule is to wear mostly solids and work around one patterned item in your group’s wardrobe. For example a plaid shirt or flowered dress. Two patterns can work if they are complementary in color and style. Texture looks great in photos so add if you can. Knits, lace, ruffles and pleats all add dimension and photograph well. Try to avoid logos, characters or slogans on clothing. These can take attention away from the subject and look dated over time.

4. LAYERS & ACCESSORIES Layer, layer, layer and add some accessories! A great way add interest and mix and match color. Jean jackets, cardigans, vests, scarfs, belts, hats and jewelry look great and can be added or removed to change your look. Don’t overdue your accessories though. You want your faces and expressions to be the star of your photo. One bold piece of jewelry or accessory that complements your outfit is better than looking too busy. Don’t forget to pay attention to shoes depending on your photo shoot location. And if you are going to be at the beach or in a grassy field – bare feet are perfect.

5. AVOID WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS Make sure clothing choices fit well and hide undergarments. If you have to constantly adjust your top to hide straps, chances are they will end up peeking out in some of your photos. Kids should be dressed comfortably. If they are tugging or itching in their clothes, they will be in a hurry to get out of them and may not be as cooperative as they could be. We want this to be a fun and a painless experience for your children.

I hope this is helpful and gives you the tools you need to prepare for your families next photo session. Until next time, Ciao!

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