What to Wear to a Photo Shoot

Coordinated outfits are icing on the cake of spectacular photos! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start with Mom’s outfit and build on that. Or pick a simple pattern for one person and then pull colors from it. Whether you're flying solo or rolling into your shoot in a mini van, cozying up on the couch or enjoying a session outdoors, here are a few tips & tricks to help you get the most out of your photo shoot:

This photo was taken during a family photo session in Elm Creek. It was my very first session as an official Maple Grove Family Photographer!

Families & couples: Coordinate. Don't match.

Decide on 2-4 colors that go well together. The goal isn’t for each family member to wear the same exact thing but for the outfits to jive together.

When in doubt, stick to solids.

A subtle pattern to add in a little variety is fine, but try to limit crazy prints and patterns as much as possible. A funky animal print or character on a kid’s t-shirt can be quite distracting on the final photo. Also, try to avoid sentences and numbers on clothing because it will take the attention away from your gorgeous faces!

Minimize accessories.

Too many accessories are distracting and can take the attention away from others in the photo. I recommend removing scrunchies, hair ties, watches, and large bracelets from wrists.

Consider your background.

Make sure your clothes won’t blend in with your background. Is your shoot in the woods? Try to limit greens in your clothing. Taking Christmas photos in the snow? Then steer clear of white so I don’t lose you!

A special note to overachievers: Going for the gold? Consider your home decor and how your outfit choices will mesh with it.

For winter shoots, I recommend lots of layers. I don’t want anyone getting lost in a puffy winter coat!

For an in-home shoot, it’s important that everyone feels comfortable and natural in their outfits. Ultimately, the same suggestions apply but in-home lifestyle shoots are all about capturing real-life moments, so don’t overthink it! Just be comfortable and limit distractions.

One last thing, I offer free personalized style advice. All you have to do is ask! :)

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