What To Wear to Your Photo Shoot

6 Steps to Finding Your Perfect On-Location Photo Shoot Outfit.

For many people, one of the most intimidating aspects of a family photo day is finding what to wear. This is especially true for on-location shoots (as opposed to in the studio). But this process doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, choosing outfits can be fun!

Follow these 6 steps to find the perfect ensemble for your family on a photo shoot day!

1. Consider your location first.
Where your photo shoot is taking place is critical to keep in mind before you begin selecting what to wear. For example, in an urban environment, a pop of color works great, as do patterns, textures, and pretty details on the clothes. Don’t be afraid of shiny fabrics or jewelry!
If your shoot is happening out in a natural environment, you’ll want to use more muted colors and minimize use of patterns. This might look like more simplistic, subdued, clean pieces (I always suggest no logos or words on outfits), which will focus the eye on subjects and allow for the emotion to stand out in the photos.

2. Decide on a color palette.
Start with choosing your main color and 2-3 accent colors that complement one another. For example, you could use earth tones, jewel tones, pastels, or neutrals. Within the chosen palette, allow each family member to wear something that reflects his or her personality but keep it within the same style (boho, preppy, elegant, urban etc).

3. Coordinate your outfits instead of matching them.
It’s important not to be matchy-matchy, but instead, to coordinate the outfits. You can start with picking your own outfit (decide on the style and colors) and move on to the next person, layering in coordination with one another.

4. Begin with a statement piece.
Perhaps it’s a beautifully-patterned dress or a brightly-jeweled necklace. A statement piece will allow you to work your way out from it, dressing others in solid, coordinating pieces. For example, pick your favorite vibrant dress and go from there!

5. Don’t be afraid of accessories!
This tip works in conjunction with the others because you can add a pop of color, texture, and/or a statement piece all with one beautiful piece of jewelry, scarf or a hat. I love accessories! You can achieve a different look for your photos in a simple way without a complete outfit change.

6. Use Pinterest or hire a professional stylist for inspiration!

At Edyta Grazman Photography, we don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. So, we create Pinterest boards for our clients to give them ideas and examples of what looks good in different environments. If you would still like additional assistance, we recommend asking stylists at a local boutique or hiring another professional to help.

Lastly, there are a couple of shops we like in terms of finding the perfect outfits for photo shoots:
Zara, H&M, Gap Kids, Monica + Andy, and Target.

Happy outfitting!

About the author

Edyta Grazman is an award-winning child and family portrait photographer serving Chicago families. She specializes in custom on-location and studio sessions and is committed to providing exceptional photography experience. She creates timeless imagery for her clients and offers a variety of boutique products to preserve their portraits.

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