September 20, 2018

What to Wear in Portrait and Family Sessions / Birmingham, AL

Look at all of these wonderful combinations!

This blog will focus on the importance of coordinating your clothing when you’re photographed and these fun clothing guide graphics! First, let’s cover a few details that lead up to this.

As a photographer, I want my subjects to feel comfortable and look great! I think it’s important to help in any way possible. This involves many things that start with a conversation either through email or over the phone. Assuming you’re a client, I’ll ask you to answer these questions and then I’ll give you a little homework.

  • What type of session are you more interested in? On-location (meeting at a local park or other public venue) or At-home (your home)? And for individuals and couples, perhaps a studio session is what you’re looking for.
  • If you’ve chosen an On-location Session, do you want a city setting or natural scene?
  • Morning (starting between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.) or afternoon (during the last two hours before sunset)? An exact time will be determined together.
  • Length of your session? There are two options-A or B. Use this link to see the details of pricing for both options.
  • Do you want to choose an add-on such as digital files, printed images, or an album? These may be part of your package or purchased once you’ve reviewed your online gallery.

  • Now, here’s your homework-to think about your clothing! What will you and others wear (if you’re being photographed with others)? This is a little bit of a challenge. While I don’t think you should fret over it, I do think it’s important to think about.


Consider these points:

  • If photographed with others, you should coordinate your clothing without matching.
  • Be comfortable, but avoid lounge wear like sweatpants or joggers.
  • Choose fun accessories to liven up your look.
  • Layers and multiple textures can add visual interest.
  • Consider leaving distracting items at home, like large face watches; yes, even that very expensive Apple Watch will be outdated one day!


Layer your clothing with jackets and sweaters.





It is intentional that in these clothing graphics not all suggestions are made and many differences are presented. I’ve purposely left blanks to allow for your own creative juices to flow! Use the graphics as a springboard.



You want to mix patterns and solid colors together, but usually only a couple of patterns because it can become too busy and distracting. A safe bet is to let the others use color(s) from the patterns for their solid colored articles of clothing.





Accessorize! Jewelry, scarves, hats, and cool jackets are ways to create visual interest.

Thinking of the color wheel is a good way to come up with a theme. You may choose warm colors (oranges, reds, yellows) or cool colors (greens, blues, purples). You might decide on a complementary color scheme (colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel, like red and green).




Avoid dressing alike or in the very same color. If you’re side-by-side, which you often will be, your bodies will “blend together” so-to-speak.



Ultimately, what is most important about your photo session is that you have fun and create beautiful, lasting memories. What to wear is a question I’m often asked so I thought I’d answer it by creating these suggesting as clothing graphics. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful! Interesting clothing is just one way to make your images visually stunning.


Your love for one another and self-confidence will be what make the most difference in your photographs!

If you are looking at this blog post, you’ve either scheduled your session already or you’re thinking seriously about photographs for yourself or your family. I think you may be interested in these posts as well:







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