So, here you are!  You finally decided to get those portraits you’ve been wanting. Now you’re wondering, “What should I wear?” Don’t fret. Below I have an easy list of rules to follow so you look your best. Don’t forget to browse my Pinterest Board for outfit ideas!

5 Do’s

  • Color Coordinate – White shirts and blue jeans are a default for many family portraits. Instead of being matchy-matchy opt for 2-3 complementary colors or consider throwing a splash of color in your wardrobe. 
  • Accessories – A nice watch, earrings, a necklace, or other well-placed jewelry can really complete an outfit. Keep it minimalistic. 
  • Layers – Different fabric materials or layers of clothing are visually appealing. (Wool scarves, socks that overflow boots, ruffles, lace, etc).
  • Tidy – Remove chipped nail polish and keep nails clean. Men should have groomed facial hair or be clean shaven. Clean hair, too! The camera sees all.
  • Comfortable – Consider the location of the shoot. Ladies may have a hard time walking in heels on soft grass. Skirts can fly up if the area is windy. Boys can get uncomfortable wearing blazers if it’s too hot outside.

5 Don’ts

  • Logos – Brands and logos may need to be digitally removed. This is a long task for the photographer. Think twice before wearing your favorite polo.
  • Lint – Do a quick fuzz check before a photo shoot.
  • Dirty sneakers – Converse and colorful tennis shoes are fun, but keep them clean if they will be part of your outfit.
  • Tight, low-cut, short – Anything that doesn’t fit will translate into your being uncomfortable. Modesty is always appreciated, as well. 
  • Wrinkles – Ironed or wrinkle-free clothes add to a polished look.


      1. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules June 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm Reply

        These are wonderful tips! I love the idea of a few different colors instead of matchy-matchy.

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