There are a few considerations on what to wear for a portrait shoot. The type and style of clothing can make all the difference between an ‘ok’ photo and an awesome shot!
What to wear
- Choose block/solid colours ideally without any patterns that are likely to contrast with the background of our chosen location
- Select tops whose colour gives you the best complexion and make your eyes ‘pop’
- Bring an outfit (or a number of outfits) that is relevant for your intended purpose and will be a reflection of your own style
What to avoid!
- Avoid bright yellows, reds and oranges – those colours will not make great photos
- Avoid clothing containing logos, slogans, or other distractions.
- Bold stripes, large designs and polka dots stand out and tend to draw attention from the portrait’s subject.
- Avoid short-sleeved tops or shorts. With a lot of skin visible, the viewer is easily distracted from the main focal point of the photo – the face.
What to bring?
You might want to bring any of the following
- Any accessories that you’d like to include in the shoot, like hats, scarfs, gloves, umbrellas etc.
- A comb/brush and hair-spray if you use it
- A light face powder to reduce any shine on your face that may build up during your shoot
- A lip balm or lipstick – to avoid dry lips in photos, bring a non-shiny, non-waxy lip balm/lipstick
- Bring your makeup (if you wear it), but avoid high gloss lipsticks or very shiny lip gloss to avoid too much reflection
Group photos – the family portrait
Coordinate outfits. Everybody in the portrait should wear items that complement each other in style and colour. It is not necessary for all outfits to match, but they must make sense together. Choosing clothes with same or similar colours unifies the picture and keeps the focus on the people in the picture.