Figuring out what to wear for your photoshoot can be tricky; whether you’re coordinating for a couple, motherhood or family session, it’s not always the easiest thing to do. I’ve created this Photo Shoot Outfit Guide to give you some ideas so you can look your best in your photos!

Coordinating your outfits is so important because of how much it affects the final photos! For example: if each person in a photo is wearing a different neon colour, the bright colours are what your eyes will be drawn to, rather than the people and the interactions, which should be the focus.

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Here are 5 outfit tips to ensure that YOU and your loved one(s) are the focus of your photos for years to come!


Photo Shoot Outfit Tips #1: Choose a colour palette

Choose a colour palette and plan your outfits accordingly. Pick a main colour and use complimentary colours to complete the look, rather than all wearing the same thing.

Don’t match, rather coordinate. Matching would be wearing the exact same colour or item of clothing while coordinating is building off a colour palette.

Having trouble finding a good colour palette to work around? Check out this free colour palette tool by Canva. A good place to start for finding a beautiful, neutral palette, is to search for “vintage pastels”. If you want bright and glowy photos, lighter coloured outfits are the way to go!

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Tip #2: Neutral Colours

If you don’t have clothing options that work well with a colour palette, I suggest you simply wear neutral colours. Any combination of cream, tan, white, black or grey looks good in almost every situation. Soft neutrals always bring the focus back to the people in the photos.

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Tip #3: Muted colours and patterns

Subdued colours and solids work well for drawing the eye to the people in your photos. Skip the logos and words as they are a very distracting.

When picking patterns, try to choose smaller ones that won’t pull away from the subjects. Having only one person in patterns and the rest in solid colours is a great idea, although if you’re doing a family session and have more than 3 people, it’s usually fine to have 2 people in a pattern. Again, the smaller the pattern the better.

For example, this beautiful couple wore navy and cream while their baby wore a cute white dress with dainty blue flowers. A perfect combination.

View Vanessa & Valerio’s full blog HERE!

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Photo Shoot Outfit Tip #4: Dress up

Don’t be afraid to dress up in formal clothes, especially for an engagement session. It’s fun and adds something different than the everyday look. An additional tip for the ladies, anything flowy always looks amazing!

If you booked a full length session, feel free to bring along 2 outfits – one casual outfit and one dressy outfit (although this usually works better for couples than for families). This can add variety to your photos and give you some very different looks.

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Tip #5: Dress like yourself

My goal as a photographer is to take photos that reflect who you are. So choose something that you feel comfortable and confident in. Ultimately if you wear what you love, that’s going to be all you need.

Don’t stress too much over it – it’s your connection as a couple/family that matters most!

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I hope this has been helpful as your plan your outfits for your upcoming shoot.

If you have specific outfits you’re wondering about, send me a picture on instagram or over email and I can help you out!

– Anna

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