You’ve just scheduled your photo shoot, great job you! That’s the first and largest hurdle—choosing a photographer and getting your session on the calendar. Now, what are you going to wear? This is the next hurdle but it doesn’t need to be stressful at all. It’s not just about clothing, either. Read on!
Here are my best tips for looking your best for your portrait shoot:
1. Wardrobe— First and foremost you will not feel comfortable wearing things that in normal life you would never put on. What I always tell my clients is to look like yourself, just take it up a notch. Pay a little extra attention to details: jewelry, shoes, hair, ironing, etc.. You want to look pulled together, but not formal and stiff. Coordinate colors with the other family members, but stay away from matchy-matchy. You want to create a pleasing color palette when you’re all together that doesn’t distract from the real reason of your photos—your family connection!
2. No logos, graphic tee shirts, baseball caps or athletic shoes. These things generally detract from the beautiful images you’re investing in.
3. For babies, simple and plain clothing is best. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Stay away from graphic cartoons, stiff collars, big bows, awkward hats and ruffles. I can’t tell you how many times those have gotten in the way of an otherwise beautiful image! wha.
4. Dress appropriately for the location. Shooting at the beach or on a nature trail? Don’t wear fancy clothing and high heels. Are you having a lifestyle session at home? Maybe you should just go barefoot. You want your wardrobe to look at “home” in whatever location your photo shoot is taking place. For outdoor sessions I often have my families get down on the ground together or go off trail to chase the light. Make sure your clothing can handle the situations your location might put you in.
5. Pay attention to hands and fingernails. This is so important. Hands can often be a beautiful detail of connection in an image, and sometimes, for me—the focus! Make sure fingernails are clean and manicured (toes too if you’ll be barefoot or wearing sandals) and that little Johnny doesn’t still have marker on his hands from his last art session, lol.
6. Bring baby wipes. Most especially if you have young children and you take a snack break, like I often do with my families. Messy mouths do not a pretty picture make. They also come in handy for any quick clean ups you might need.
7. Speaking of snacks for children, don’t bring anything that’s sticky, melts easily or crumbles apart on their clothing. We want their teeth to stay clean and their clothes free of food stains. Which also means you should bring water too.
8. Moisturize! Yep, lotion up any skin that will be showing in your pictures. Legs, knees, feet, hands, elbows. It really does make a huge difference. Also, bring lip balm and take breaks to re-apply.
There you have it. These 8 tips are the things I’ve found that make a real difference in your final photos as a family, child and couples photographer. Hope this will be a big help to you preparing for that special day!