What to Wear to your Photo Session

What to wear to your photo sessionTo me, a well-done family photo captures real emotion that can tell the story of your family in that moment in time. Photos like this stand the test of time and can be passed on from generation to generation. Since photos are intended to create lasting memories, making sure you have the tools in place for a fantastic photo session is important. To help with your clothing selection, I have developed this guide to help you determine what to wear to your photo session.

Wearing the right clothing, choosing the right photographer, and picking the right location are the key elements to getting the beautiful photographs you dream of.

What To Wear To Your Photo Session


One of the first things you will want to look for in an outfit is comfort. Remember, you will likely be going through a number of poses, walking on the sand or in a wooded area, and perhaps sitting on grass. This could mean you will need to bend, stoop or sit in several positions in order to get the perfect shots. Wearing clothes that will allow you to move freely is helpful.

Choosing comfortable clothing for children in the session is also something you will want to consider. When children are not comfortable in the clothes they are wearing, it will be harder for them to cooperate with the photos.


Before you head out to your session, talk to your photographer about the backgrounds and locations you will be using in your photos. You should choose outfits that will work well with the lighting and color schemes included in the area you will be taking photographs. For example, corals and blues look beautiful on the beach. Burnt orange, tan, hunter green, cream and navy look really nice in wooded areas. Your photographer will also be able to give you some tips as to which color schemes tend to work the best. Typically, it’s best to go with neutral colors that will work best with most backgrounds and skin tones. Simple patterns are nice when used sparingly. Expert tip: Always avoid neon or excessively bright colors. They can reflect poorly on the skin. For kids, avoid clothing with large logos or cartoon characters on them. You want the focus to be on your little ones face, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on their t-shirt. Here is a fall-themed Pinterest page I have created to help inspire you.

Avoid Over-Embellishing

Try to keep your outfits as simple as possible. Adding a lot of accessories and jewelry can actually take away from the true focus of the photos; your family. By avoiding these items, you will be able to keep the attention of the photos on the memory-making process.

When you are preparing for your photo session, make sure you keep these wardrobe tips in mind, but the most important thing is to simply be yourselves! These tips should help you be prepared for the best photo session possible. Then, you will be able to truly enjoy your photos for many years to come!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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