What to Wear for Your Portrait Session

The most common question I get about portrait sessions is What do I wear? Many people haven’t had photos taken in years, and the thought of getting in front of the camera can be overwhelming.

It can also be one of the most fun days of your life! A professional portrait session is an opportunity to feel like a model, showing off your personality and style in a series of images that you can enjoy and display for years to come. It’s a chance to show the world who you are, to boost your self-confidence, and feel a little more love for yourself.

What you choose to wear for your session is entirely up to you, but here are a few tips for selecting your outfits and accessories!

Express yourself
Your portrait session is all about showing off your unique personality. Bring clothes that you love, outfits that capture who you are. And don’t be afraid to go all out! Go for glam with a stunning formal dress or display your unique style with a fitted jumpsuit.

Also, consider picking more than one outfit to capture multiple facets of your personality. Bring something comfy and casual, something sexy, something classic, something professional, or something glamorous. Remember: this day and this session is all about you, so come ready to strut your stuff!

Keep it simple, but mix it up
For your portraits, avoid patterns as they may detract from your face, which is where all the focus should be! You should stick with solids, but bring a variety of colors, from neutrals to pastels to even a few bright colors.

And be sure to choose different textures to add visual interest, whether that’s a top with a bit of lace, a knit sweater, or a blouse with sparkly details. Choose pieces with a variety of different necklines and bring layers so you can mix and match and create different looks.

Make sure your clothing fits
Everyone looks best in clothing that properly fits and hugs their figure. Not only does form-fitting clothing have a slimming effect, but it also shows your shape. If you wear something baggy or ill-fitting, you’ll look sloppy in your portraits. You can also vary your look: wear something form-fitting on top with looser bottoms or a flowing skirt, or a looser blouse with a great pair of slim jeans.

Be bold and experiment
Your portrait session is your chance to try something new, whether it’s glamorous high fashion or sexy boudoir style. This is a great excuse to go shopping and find a beautiful outfit that you’ve only dreamed of wearing. How often do you have the chance to get all dressed up and get gorgeous photos as a result?

Don’t be afraid to accessorize
Nothing says “glamour” like statement jewelry! Show off your style with golden bangles, dangling earrings, or a string of pearls. Choose pieces that are versatile and can work with multiple colors to increase your outfit options.

When you’re choosing your wardrobe for your portrait session, think about the outfits you love, the ones that make you feel glamorous or fun or happy. Find an outfit for every part of your personality and be ready to show off the style that makes you unique! 

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