What Should I Wear to a Photo Session? {Jill Kirtland Photography – Mid Ohio Valley Photographer}

So many people ask me what they should wear at a photo session.  Clothing can actually make or break a photo. You want to be happy with the outcome.  Here are some quick tips & tricks to help you choose what to wear when getting your photo taken.

  • Wear Solid Colored Clothing  – Crazy patterns, funky stripes, etc. can draw attention away from you as the subject or make one person stand out more than the other. A simple plaid is okay, but don’t go overboard.
  • Bright colors can be fun during the summer, but also choose a color that is going to flatter your body type.  Sometimes darker (black, browns) can make you look thinner.
  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other. White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.
  • Choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones or tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.
  • Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow and long pants/skirts because your arms and legs take up more skin area than your face, so you don’t want to draw attention to them – unless you have really amazingly toned arms & legs!
  • Choose dark socks and footwear (or go barefoot) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait
  • Keep accessories simple. You don’t want them to draw attention away from your face.  Also hats are really hard to work with to get light properly on your face.