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What to Wear to Your Portrait Session

What to Wear to your Portrait Session

Almost all of my clients ask me what to wear to their portrait session, and I’m glad that they do!  What you wear not only reflects who you are, but it also affects the mood of the photo.  I’ve put together some of my top 10 tips to get you started.  And don’t feel like you have to go out and buy all new outfits.  Use what you have and maybe consider buying  just a few pieces to tie everything together.


1 |   Try to coordinate outfits without looking too “matchy”.  Avoid wearing same colors and instead, find a color palette you love and piece together items from that palette that are complimentary to one another.

2 |  What does your living room look like?  Chances are that the colors in your home are a good place to start.  I’m always telling my clients to think about the kind of art that this shoot will create for their walls.

3|  Add accessories to pump up an un-inspiring ensemble.  A hat, scarf, or chunky necklace can give a lackluster outfit from your existing closet just the right amount of punch.  Bright hues in small doses are fantastic.

4 |  Try to have only one patterned outfit for every three people – then dress everyone else with color coordinating looks.

5 |  Wear clothes that are fashionable and functional.  Kids will need to move around and fussy clothes are just frustrating.

6 |  Layer. Layer. Layer.  Think jackets, tights, or undershirts with cardigans for the spring/summer.

7 |  Skip the tiny prints and patterns because they don’t show up on photos.  Big stripes, polkadots, and other graphic patterns look great.

8 |  Stay away from white or character themed tennis shoes, shoes with bulky soles, or any shoe that takes away from the child or outfit.  Solid color shoes and boots are always best.

9 |  Sleeveless shirts, high necklines, turtlenecks and clothes with logos/writing on them don’t provide timeless looks like more traditional clothing choices will.

10|  Email me a phone snapshot of your choices.  I’m here to help and more than happy to provide feedback about styling your session.


Here is a great example of living out the above tips: