Dressing for a photoshoot: tips from Picture This Studios

21 October 2019


This photograph shows Camana Bay Times Columnist Lisa Reid and her family coordinated in solid colours inspired by the beach and the ocean.

By Lisa Reid

“What should we wear for our photoshoot?” is probably the question I’m most frequently asked by clients.
Deciding what to wear in a photoshoot can seem daunting; these are photos you are going to send to your family, use on Christmas cards, share on social media or hang on your walls for years to come.

Whether your photoshoot is in your back garden, on the beach or for a corporate portrait, here are five simple tips to give you some inspiration on what to wear.

  1. Be comfortable
    It is important to dress in something comfortable that you like wearing. If you are trying to squeeze into your favourite dress or work suit from 10 years ago, the discomfort will most likely show in your images. This is also important when dressing your little ones. Regardless of how cute an outfit is, if your kids are not comfortable, they will make it known.
  2. Wear the colours of nature 
    When choosing the colours of your clothes, draw your inspiration from Cayman’s environment. This will ensure that the colours blend effortlessly with the natural elements rather than competing with them. For a beach shoot, think of the neutral and pastel colours of the ocean, sunrise or sunset. For a garden shoot, use similar colours, but also consider soft greens, yellows, pinks and white. If you’re taking family photos, try to coordinate your colours from an overall colour scheme to complement, rather than match, each other. For a corporate headshot, chose the colours you most commonly wear at work. If your company’s background is bright white, avoid wearing a white shirt or bring a dark jacket to provide contrast.
  3. Limit patterns
    Solid colours always photograph well because they don’t distract from faces, interactions or the scenery. Avoid intricate patterns, large logos or cartoon characters in your — or your kids’ — wardrobe selection; they can be distracting and overpower your images.
  4. Plan ahead
    Once you book your session, start thinking of your outfit(s). Use accessories that work with your chosen colour scheme. If you wait until the last moment, you may run the risk of clothes not fitting, being dirty or nothing matching.
  5. Look your best
    If you have the time and extra budget available, ladies, you can have your nails, hair and make-up done. Men, you can have your hair cut and beards groomed. You probably don’t do these kinds of photos often, and you’ll probably look at these pictures for a long time, so you want to look your best. This is especially true for those pictures that include close-up shots, such as your corporate headshots and engagement and maternity sessions.

Lisa Reid is a photographer at Picture This Studios based on Forum Lane in Camana Bay.

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Dressing for a photoshoot’”.