What do I wear for my photo session?

My goal as your photographer is to make your whole experience as seamless and comfortable as possible. 

One of the main questions clients ask me is “What do I wear??” 

I hear ya. You’ve invested in your photography . . . and you want your photos to come out incredible, so you can use your images for all the things . . . .

If you look around my website, you can see my shooting and editing style is bright, airy, warm, and joyful.

Truth Bomb: What you wear will affect how your photos turn out. If you wear heavy and dark colors, or busy patterns your photos will not appear light, warm, and airy.

Here is list of general recommendations on what photographs well:

  • Neutrals (white, ivory, tan, grey, beige, etc..)
  • Soft colors, blue, peach, pink, etc
  • Pastels
  • Solids or light florals; subtle patterns

Highly recommend not wearing:

  • Graphic tees
  • Sweatshirts
  • Busy patterns
  • Identical matching outfits
  • All black or dark colors

[If you prefer to dress in darker clothes, try adding accents with dark blue, black ,etc… rather than the whole outfit]

Pro Tip: Don’t be afraid to dress up a little! Dress casual looks natural and timeless!

Remember, these are just basic recommendations and guidelines. This photo session is about you! I want you to feel like you! I want you be comfortable! I want you to feel beautiful! So, let your outfit choices reflect that!

I have linked a couple Pinterest styling boards under this post. Click the link and find some inspiration!

[For engagement sessions, I always recommend one dressy, one casual, and one dress casual]


  1. Winterlyn Stebner says:

    Great tips for potential clients <3

  2. Sara says:

    Great tips for what to wear to a photo session

  3. These are such great tips! Thank you!!

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