Now that your session is booked the biggest stress is usually “WHAT THE HECK DO I WEAR?” Here are a few tips from experience of how to pick the perfect outfits whether it be for an Engagement, Family or Senior Portrait Session


Here are some tips:


  1. Consider the location. Be aware of what your surroundings are going to be and try not to clash (or match!) 
  2. Complement each other….Don’t match! Gone are the days where the whole family goes to the beach wearing white for their awkward family portraits. Complimenting each other is the best way to go! Better yet if someone wears an accent color on a small part of their body and the other is wearing that color. Win! Wearing the same shade is also a great place to start!
  3. Show your true colors and don’t be afraid to be bold! Colors render great on camera. If one of you is wearing a lot of color, consider a neutral for others.
  4. Dress the same scale. Casual, fancy, sporty? Dress at the same level.
  5. Dress for the weather and have a backup plan! Wear layers to stay warm. If there is slight rain, I have umbrellas! 
  6. Don’t be afraid of patterns! I wouldn’t both wear a pattern, but I really love shoots where one person wears a pattern and the other wears a solid! Better yet if the solid color coordinates with a color in the pattern! However, if you’re wearing plaid, consider bigger plaid as it photographs a little easier than small plaid. That goes for any pattern, large patterns render better on camera than small patterns.
  7. Don’t be afraid to dress it up with layers and jewelry! Scarves, multiple clothing layers, jewelry, hats! They all can really liven up pictures and if you’re afraid of going too bold with colors just add it in as an accent with a scarf- something you can take on and off! This also helps with the weather situation and if you have any insecurities, they can cover them up!
  8. Be yourself. The worst thing would be looking at your pictures and looking unrecognizable because you dressed up too much! (If you’re not one to dress up often! Also, be sure to wear things that flatter your body type.
  9. Don’t forget some nice shoes! Yes, your feet will be in the picture. Try to avoid bright colored tennis shoes. 
  10. And at the end of the day just remember that the whole point of this is to have fun and get comfortable in front of the camera! It’s our time to get to know each other and you shouldn’t stress about it! I hope these tips will help prepare you for your photo session!  

I am happy to give you feedback if you’re really struggling, feel free to send me pictures! Here are some fabulous examples of different portrait sessions.  


*Images below are not the work of Julie Marie Photography, these are stock images used for color swatch examples.