You've booked your photoshoot, so it's time to get excited and start thinking about what on earth you're going to wear! I encourage all my clients to bring two outfits. Within the hour shoot there is plenty of time to get changed and try something different. It's best to arrive in something casual and comfortable. Jeans and a t-shirt (or a jumper in the colder months) is always a winning combination. Clothes that allow you to move around, lie on the floor, jump on each other and lift or carry the kids! There's nothing formal about a photoshoot at Photography by Gwen!
You may decide to bring something dressier as a second outfit option. Shirt and pants, a dress and heels, or maybe just a smarter top to go with your jeans and extra jewellery. If you'll be celebrating a special occasion such as a christening, first holy communion or graduation, bring along the clothing that represents that important day.
Much depends on what sort of photoshoot you're having. If you've booked in for the Fashion Makeover Package, you can bring as many outfits or accessories as you like! Variety is key to making your photoshoot experience the best it can be. If you're coming to the studio for a Boudoir Makeover of course you'll want to bring your best underwear! 2-3 sets of different underwear is a good number to think about. Don't forget heels and any accessories you might want to include.
Should We Wear Matching Outfits? Sometimes completely matching outfits can look a little odd. (Unless there's a reason such as a hen party, special occasion or theme, where everyone wears the same tshirt). It's better to opt for nearly-matching outfits. If everyone is wearing blue jeans and a white top, let each person express their personality with that! If you're female, maybe you'll choose a white blouse and dark blue skinny jeans. Your teenage son might prefer to wear a looser fitting white t-shirt and your 8 month old might be more comfortable in blue leggings!
What works the best, in my opinion, is when everyone wears similar shades and hues. Pick a colour theme that will work with everyone's wardrobe. Cream and gold? Grey and white? Or perhaps bright and bold shades of orange and yellow!? Then everyone can wear one item that reflects the colour theme and you'll all look fantastic together whilst showing off your own individual styles.
Bold Colours or Neutrals? It's up to you! The studio has more neutral backdrops which can suit softer pastels and muted colours. But bright and bold colours stand out fantastically on a white backdrop too. Think about the final photographs, where will they be displayed in your home? That decision can have a big influence on what you choose to wear too!
Something a little different? To make your photoshoot experience truly personal to you and your family, you must think about what sets you apart from everyone else. I love clients who bring along football or rugby kits, judo gis, ballet leotards or any such outfit, costume or uniform! The same goes for any hobby you might have a passion for. Extend this idea to props because including a musical instrument or roller skates in your photographs can be a lot of fun...
Or why not turn your photoshoot into a pajama party and make sure everyone brings a onesie! Your photographs don't need to be formal. It's a chance for you to express some creativity and have a good time with friends and family.
I hope this post was helpful to those of you planning your next photoshoot. But most importantly, it doesn't really matter too much what you wear, as long as you feel comfortable and good about yourself. The best photographs will be achieved when everyone is happy and enjoying the experience...