What to Wear on Your Photo Shoot: A starting point for the ladies

Oftentimes clients ask me if there is anything that either of us can do to make them more photogenic, and I give them a resounding “yes.”

There is a reason why celebrities have professionals assigned to wardrobe, make-up, hair and setting for their shoots: all those aspects have a huge impact photos.   As your photographer, I get to know you and come up with a creative concept to capture you.  Pair that with a new outfit and top notch make-up and don’t forget the fab photographer behind the lens 😉 and you are a ten.  Seriously.   


The wardrobe inspiration I created below came from JCrew, H&M, Forever 21, Wet Seal & Tilly’s and all the dresses were under $50.  Gap, Anthropologie, Banana Republic & Free People are great, too.  

A great place to start is with a basic dress that is fitted at the waist and is either solid or has a subtle pattern.  Next, accesorize– slim the waist by adding a belt, draw attention to your face with a great necklace or hair clip, and by all means have fun with the shoes (bring along flip flops for travel if we are shooting on stiletto challenging terrain).  Layering (adding a jacket, cami, caridgan, etc.) photographs well– it really pulls the outfit together .  Undergarments are key, so make sure you are smooth and supported.  Lastly, feel free to experiment and have fun with it.

c600x600Now that wardrobe is taken care of,  how can you incorporate hair, make-up and set?

Location/props: We brainstorm together during our consult and these go into the creative concept that I have for your shoot.
Make-up & Hair: A trusted, experienced make-up artist and hair stylist can make a world of difference.  Hiring a make-up artist is probably the least expensive way to make the largest difference in your photo shoot.

I hope this has been helpful to you.  I’d love to hear what you think.


2 thoughts on “What to Wear on Your Photo Shoot: A starting point for the ladies”

  1. I love this! I had been considering getting my make-up done for our engagement session, but now am definitely going to do it. Also, I have to know – where is the little blue polka dot dress with the gold bow from? I LOVE it!
    Can’t wait to see you for our shoot!

  2. I absolutely love these tips!!! Possibly layering with a leather jacket would be nice for ours I think!? I also love those brown shoes! (the third pair in) 🙂

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