To Wear or Not to Wear……Clothing for Photo Shoots

You’ve selected a photographer and a great location for family photos but what do you wear? Picking clothing for a photo shoot can be difficult and overwhelming especially when dealing with multiple people in the photo. Do you go casual or dressy and how do you keep it interesting and still have your family be the star of the photos.

Dressy or Casual?

Going casual or dressy is really a preference on what feeling you want to portray. If you want a classy, elegant feel to your photos, going dressed up is the way to go. If you want a more laid back, relaxed feeling then casual clothes is a better choice. Any location works with dressy or casual clothing options. It’s more of what you prefer.

Match Room Décor

There are several different ways to pick a color scheme for your clothing for photos. One is to pull colors from the room you are planning on hanging the photos in. If you have red and gray in the room, have accents of red in the photos to coordinate with the room design.

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Contrast Room Décor

Another way is to use a contrasting color to what colors in the room that you are going to use the photos. If you have yellow in your room décor, you can wear it’s contrasting color purple or have hints of purple in your photos.

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Pattern Mixing

Mixing patterns is a fun way to show your personality and keep the images interesting. Although you need to be careful mixing patterns (it can be distracting and a disaster if not done correctly), if done properly, it can add interest to the photos and look very polished and put together. Using large and small prints in the same color family is a great way to do this. For example, mixing a large plaid with a small flower pattern both in hues of blue can look awesome and interesting.

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Contrast Those Colors

If you want to make a bold statement with your photos, you can dress in contrasting colors, such as blue and orange or purple and yellow. Try to stick with contrasting colors on the color wheel so that your photos still look good. Pairing green and orange rarely works well. It does a make a bold statement but probably not the one you want.

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Oldie but Goody

If you are looking for timeless, classic photos, you can’t go wrong with black, red, white and gray. This color palette is good for holidays or if you are just looking for an easy, stylish color combination.

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Brighten Up Your Photos

When choosing bright colors, try to choose only one bright color and pair with neutrals to not have the clothing overshadow the people in the photo. Keep in mind the people are supposed to be highlighted in family photos not the clothing.

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The most versatile color combination for family outfits is to go all neutrals. Mixing creams, grays, tans and shades of blush look very soft and clean. Everyone looks good in these colors and its pretty fail proof to match neutrals.

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You matter most!! 

In the end, the most important thing to consider when selecting clothing for a photo shoot is that you feel comfortable and beautiful in whatever you’re wearing. The people and the memories are more important than the clothes that you choose.

C Avery Photography


To Wear or Not to Wear……Clothing for Photo Shoots