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What to wear to a photo session.

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

Preparing for a photo shoot can be stressful, and it doesn't help when you're not sure what to wear. In this blog post, I cover what to wear and what not to wear to have your photo taken.

You don't necessarily need to "dress up" for your photo session. The best images are usually captured when you wear clothing that you are comfortable in and outfits that match your unique style. We recommend trying to keep things simple by picking solid colors coordinating your wardrobe as much as possible.

First, consider the environment you will be having your photos taken. Is it a sunny warm day at a park or colder day downtown? This will determine the starting point on figuring out what to wear.

Try to stay clear from stark white (slightly off white is great) and neon colors as the main clothing item. Along with avoiding busy patterns or logos.

Layers and textures are always great! Adding and removing a jacket or a sweater. And adding a statement piece such as a piece of jewelry, scarf, and etc.

If there are multiple people in the photo, one or two people with a pattern is just fine, especially pulling a color from that patterned piece and tying it into another person’s piece.

For example, in this photo the off white in the dress ties in with the girl's tights. The denim jacket ties in with the jeans and the shirts of the boys.


Also, be sure your clothing is clean and free of wrinkles and fits properly.

  • Dress for your environment

  • Make sure you’re all dressed for the same weather and occasion

  • Choose a color scheme for your family photos

  • Embrace layers and textures

  • Avoid logos and slogans

  • Choose clothes that fit well.

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