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what to wear to a photo session

What should I wear to a portrait session?

I get this question a lot. For portrait and engagement sessions, I suggest wearing something that matches your personality. However, don’t be afraid to dress it up a bit. A photo shoot is a special event, so I recommend wearing something unique to your personality and having your hair/make-up professionally done. I know that may sound a little overboard, but on camera it really makes a difference. It’s amazing how photographs pop with the right accessories, so don’t be afraid to layer up (nothing too outrageous). Whether it be with scarves, hats, jewelry, flowers in your hair, or your favorite blanket, bring it and I’ll help you decide what will look good in a photo.

For families, I ask that you not wear matching clothing. Come as you are and be as you are! Patterns and layers are always interesting and fun, so bring a few options and we’ll mix and match it up so your photo is fun and uniquely you at the same time.

For engagement sessions in particular…

I would suggest bringing something unique that tells a story of you and your fiance’s relationship. Objects are always fun to use as props and they bring interesting details to the images. For example, if your significant other plays guitar or sews hats for a living, bring the guitar or one of the handmade hats. We’ll go over the items before the session to see what works best for the images. If you write handwritten letters to each other or enjoy picnics, bring a letter with you as well your favorite picnic blanket and a bottle of wine and we’ll use it in the session. Also, I suggest bringing a tube of lip balm or lip gloss to avoid chapped lips in the photos. And ladies, if you get your make-up done, don’t assume or be afraid you’re wearing too much makeup: it won’t look like it on camera. I promise.

Should you have any other questions, please feel free to email me.