One of the most frequently asked questions is what to wear during a photo shoot. The answer is not that simple. In choosing the perfect outfit, there are a few steps to consider:
STEP 1- Wall Color
The first step in coordinating your outfits for your family shoot is knowing what color is the room you’re putting the picture in. For example, a room with Navy blue walls and hardwood floors would need a pop of a bright color. To go for a similar color scheme, blue’s complementary color is yellow. (As shown on the color wheel below) My personal suggestion would go for “like colors” in the room. If you have accents of yellow and white, consider wearing a yellow shirt and light blue jeans.
STEP 2- Shoot Location
The location of your shoot is very important. By knowing where you are and what the surroundings will be like, can help you in deciding what you should wear. For example: Here at Townsley Portraits, we shoot at many parks. All the parks have 3 main colors: Green, Blue, and Brown. (Grass, sky, and dirt.) Saying this, wearing these colors will make you blend into the picture, instead of popping out. My suggestion for what to wear to all of our park locations is bright, bold colors. Let’s say that your portraits are being taken at the Santa Monica Pier. The main 3 colors at the Pier are: Tan, Grey, and White. Yes, there are a bit of light blues, because of the water; but overall, most colors at the Pier are muted neutrals. (Refer to the color wheel below.) By knowing what colors are at your shoot location, you should be able to find complimentary colors and easily make your picture beautiful and vibrant.
STEP 3- Avoid Matching
Having everyone wearing the same shirt with the same pants can sometimes make a beautiful picture look too uniform. By switching pops of color with each person, you can keep a fantastic color scheme while making it look classy and clean. For example: There’s a family of 4 getting their portraits taken at the Santa Monica Pier. There’s a dad, mom, daughter, and son. Room color: White and Navy. Accent color: Yellow.
An example outfit would be:
Dad: White undershirt, Yellow over shirt, Dark Jeans, White sneakers