How to Dress Great in Your Upcoming Photoshoot

August 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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Have you ever asked a photographer, "What should I wear?" and "How do I make myself/my family and I look good in these photos?"? If so, you're not the only one to ask, nor the first. These are the most frequently asked questions I've gotten as a professional photographer.

The short answer is, there are all kinds of ways to look great and dress great in a photoshoot, no matter how old you are or where you're being photographed. The long answer is inside of this blog post. Here are my tips to you on how to dress great in your upcoming photoshoot, whether it's your first one with me or your tenth (that's how loyal my clients are!).

Always coordinate the colours

Did you notice I didn't say 'match'? That's because different shades of the same colour tend to make for a much better photograph than it would to match perfectly (which would look weird). Mom's skin tone isn't the same as Dad's, and even kids' skin tones differ from one to the next in the family. And a specific shade of blue that makes your eyes shine won't have nearly the same effect if worn on your husband. That's why coordination, rather than matching exactly, is key to looking amazing in your photos, like this coordinated family in blue below.

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Go for universal vibrancy

You're probably thinking, "What does that mean?" Universal vibrancy means colours that are universally eye-catching and pleasing to the eye. Blue, such as in the above example, is one colour that will always make you and your family look amazing. Consider also coordinating yellow garments, another universally vibrant colour.

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See how the yellows make this setting just pop? This is a prime example of universal vibrancy. Applying this to the coordination of colours as mentioned before can turn a typical family photo into an unforgettable memory.

Is someone wearing plaid or a pattern? Wear solids or white instead

Plaid makes for a lovely pattern unless it's paired up with other plaid garments. Generally, wearing solid colours or whites and other neutrals can help your family not only look amazing, but also stand out in an appealing way on camera. 

This tip applies to patterns of all kinds. Clashing patterns tend to be an eyesore for everyone, and the last thing you should feel when looking at a photograph afterward is regret. Also, considering this is professional photography I'm talking about, usually a lot more money is being spent. Remember, you're dressing up for family photos that will last for years; regretting your wardrobe choice after the fact won't make anyone happy, especially you!

If you need to see an example of this tip done right, the family below pretty much nailed it. And who doesn't love seeing adorable dogs all dressed up for the occasion?

Photos by Cheryl - How to Dress Great in Your Upcoming Photoshoot - patterns with neutrals examplePhotos by Cheryl - How to Dress Great in Your Upcoming Photoshoot - patterns with neutrals example Like I said, it doesn't matter what kind of pattern you apply, be it plaid or tropical themed or stripes. Anytime a patterned garment is being worn on camera, balance it out with solids. By doing so you can simultaneously let the setting and scene of the photograph's background speak for itself, such as sunset for this family below.

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Ready for your photoshoot? Not ready? Let me know

It never hurts to speak to a professional photographer about your wardrobe before the actual photoshoot takes place. If you'd like some extra help, we can include a few outfit options when coming up with a plan; planning is my personal specialty as a photographer and I've had 2 decades worth of experience to back me up. Give me a call if you're ready to look great and (more importantly) feel great at your up and coming photoshoot, whatever the occasion might be.

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