How to dress for Photos
What to look out for when choosing your outfit for a photo shooting
“Ivy was a model, she chose her clothes to match the color of the car, I think, and the color of the car to match her lipstick or the other way around, I`m not sure which way it was.” (— Max Frisch in “Homo Faber”)
How to dress is one of the most frequent questions my clients ask me when we plan our photo session. For a start, I always advise them to bring along two or three outfits. This way we get a bigger variety in the imagery but also, we have different options to choose from. In this blog post, I wanna share some ideas from my own experience as a photographer about how to dress for a photo session in order to look to your best advantage.
First choice: comfortable!
It`s hard to relax and feel good in a pullover that makes you itch. Or in shoes that are hurting your toes, in jeans that cut into your stomach, … Choose clothes that are comfy and that allow you to move freely.
Also, it`s not easy to really be yourself and shine if you wear clothes that make you feel self-conscious and insecure. The feeling is most important when it comes to dressing for a photo session! When choosing your outfits, double-check whether these clothes are making you feel truly confident and comfortable.
Blazers are your friends
A blazer tends to be the most flattering item to wear. Blazers are fitted and generally make for a good shape. Just make sure that your blazer is the right fit and not too tight around your upper arms and across your back: if you see that the blazer feels tight and creases in those areas, that means it`s too tight. Unbuttoned tailored jackets and well-fitting coats are great for every shape, too.
Say yes to sleeves
It`s a good idea to bring at least one top with sleeves to the photo session. For girls, wide flared butterfly sleeves that end somewhere between the mid-upper arm and elbow are the most flattering. Men wearing long sleeves look extra cool if they tuck the sleeves up toward the elbows a little.
Know the effect of oversized
Oversized pullovers, sweaters, and jackets are so fashionable, and I love wearing them. However, it`s good to know that they can make curvy people look bigger in photos than they really are. In case this is a concern for you, choose tops that are neither tight nor baggy or oversized, but just slightly loose. Also, the sleeve seam should preferably sit on your shoulder, not somewhere half down your arm. Most flattering are tailored tops like blouses, blazers, shirts, or jackets in the right fit.
Say no to logos
If you want to get timeless images that you will still love 10 years down the road, you best avoid visible, big logos on your clothes. Not only can they be a distraction in the image. But also you might not like these brands anymore sometime soon. For example, when I was in my early twenties, I had a time when I liked to show off certain brands – and thinking about it now makes me cringe ;- )
If you are a group of people wanting to be photographed together, it would be great if you coordinated with each other what to wear. Ideally, the colours of the clothes of the entire group would be in harmony. Also, either all in rather light colours, or all rather dark.