One of the questions I get asked a lot is "What should I wear for my photo-shoot?" well, the answer to that varies based on a few factors. Those factors include the time of year, the location of the shoot, and what kind of feel you're going for (you wouldn't want to wear a bright pink sundress in a rustic themed shoot).
After taking those into consideration it is time to chose an outfit. I'm first going to talk about what not to wear. Loud patterns or mismatched patterns can distract from the rest of the photo; if there is more than one person in the photo shoot do not wear clashing colors. Matching clothing maybe a cute idea, but it makes you blend into the background and nobody wants to spend money on photos where you're barely seen.
What's important to keep in mind is texture bring a lot to a photograph. So think layers, hats, pleated skirts, frilly dresses, dark wash jean with a light fading, printed socks and stockings, and even a nice scarf or flower crown can make a photo pop.
Neutral colors like browns, grays, white, and blacks are good for fall and winter along with dark reds, greens, and purple.
Brighter colors like light blues, yellows, soft pinks, reds (on the brighter side), and greens are great for spring and summer neutral colors can be mixed in as well to help to create an awesome look.
The key is not that everyone matches but to have a consistent theme throughout the outfits chosen and that they also fit in with the location of the shoot. A good rule of thumb you should think if we're going out to dinner do we looking too matchy? If the answers yes then there is room for improvement.
Have any photo shoot clothing wins? or nightmares? share them in the comments below.
Ashley is a Virginia based photographer living her dreams of shooting concerts & interesting people. When she's not shooting or writing for the blog you can find her curled up with a good book and a latte (coffee keeps her going).
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