What To Wear For Pictures 

When it comes to getting your pictures taken there are two types of people: those who love it and those who want to hide from it. One of the things that perhaps gives this second group a sense of unease is that they don’t know how to dress for the occasion.

Here are some simple tips on how to dress for a portrait:

Photos of me by Amanda John

1) avoid wearing clothes/hats with words, pictures or logos on them. These distract from the actual subject of the photo (you) and could be a copyright infringement if there is any profit to be made from the photos or session. 

She may be dressed in neutrals, but she still stands out!
2) wear neutral or pastel colors. These are flattering on just about anyone and are guaranteed not to visually compete with the picture’s subject(s) or clash with the background.

  • The exception to this would be wearing brought colors for Christmas cards or stylized/themed portraits. Check with your photographer first then go for it!

3) if you are doing a group picture try color coordinating. You don’t have to wear identical outfits or anything just pick a general color pallet. Trust me, its cute 😉

4) leave your hair down (at least partly). Allowing some of it to frame your face really softens the look 

5) put some translucent powder on your face (dont worry guys, this isn’t gonna make you look girly). It will absorb reflecting light and keep you from looking sweaty. Eew!

6) If you’re a girl, wear high heels. They make your legs look longer and more toned. 

If you found this helpful or would like some more tips let me know in the comments below. 


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