What to Wear for Your Portrait Session

Probably the most common question I am asked is, "What should we wear?". It seems like a big question. There's a ton of advice on blogs and Pinterest. What looks or feels good might not always photograph well. With fifteen years of experience behind me, here's my tips on how to choose the right clothes for your photo session. 


Colors: When choosing your clothes, you want to coordinate your colors, not only with each other, but with the setting. Callista and Kevin's engagement session under the blossoming tree and blue sky is perfectly accented by her soft blue dress.The colors you choose can have a deeper meaning than you realize. The tone and mood can be set just by your color choices. Warm shades are passionate, exciting, lively, and they draw attention. Yellow signifies happiness, friendship and kindness. Want drama? Wear a red dress. Want calm and sweet? Pick cool shades. I usually tell my clients to choose light, neutral tones, accented by more vibrant earth tones. Think foods - cream, mustard, eggplant, cranberry. I am personally a fan of teal and navy. Below, Emily and Tom welcomed their sweet little baby Miles, and chose their living room as the backdrop for the family photos. Their gray and blue clothing are a wonderful reflection of their home.

Texture: Be bold! We love accessories! When chosen well, daring accessories can really make a session pop. Wear statement jewelry and scarves, cardigans and hats. I literally raided Kelsey's closet (thanks, Kelsey!) to put this outfit together, in celebration of their anniversary and a beautiful summer day. The bright colors are happy and eye-catching, and they really stand out from the natural background, yet still coordinate with the hues surrounding them.

Comfort: Above all, I want you to feel like yourself. After you think about colors and texture, coordinating and accessorizing, be sure to remember to keep it comfy. You won't enjoy your session if you don't feel fabulous in what you're wearing. Since Minnesota photos are often taken in the summer and fall, I love flowy dresses and shirts, linen and khaki. Wear clothes that breathe and let you move (after all, you want to be cuddly if you're going to be cuddling , right?

Styling Help: Did you know that Gianna's Photography offers free wardrobe styling? I do, and I really love helping clients sort through their closets to pick the perfect outfits. You can send me photos of your ideas before your session, bring a few options to sort through, or do a video chat through your closet so I can help you choose. I will suggest a specific color pallete, send shopping links if you'd like to buy something new, and can even put together a Pinterest board just for your session. Just ask! 

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