Have you booked a photoshoot 📸 and now you’re wondering what to wear? 😱 We don’t blame you—we’ve all been there! (And we’re all here now! Perfect!) Clothes can really make or break your photo shoot experience and how you feel about your final photos, both for reasons you’d expect and some you may not realize! We have put together a collection of our best pro tips to help you choose outfits that will have you looking your best—and feeling even better—so let’s create some stylish memories together.
Here at Flytographer, we easily connect people with trusted photographers for fun photo shoots and have captured over four million memories worldwide. 🌎 Today, we asked our local photographers to let us know their very best outfit ideas and style tips to ensure that you are looking and feeling your absolute best when you’re in front of the lens. 🤩
Pause! Before we really jump in, we must share the absolute most important rule: wear something you feel good in! If you’re not loving what you’re wearing, your lack of comfort will show in the photos; on the flip side, if you feel confident in what you’re wearing, that will show, too! Of course, there are more tips (hence why we’re all here reading together 😉), but we wanted to make sure this first tip is at the top of the pile: Feel. Good. First! Now, let’s get into it! 👍
Typically, clothing material isn’t something at the forefront of your mind when it comes to outfit choices, but it can make a big impact on how your clothes make you feel. 🤷♀️ The weight, drape and breathability of fabrics vary, and depending on the season and members of your party, knowing a little more about materials can make you (and your crew) look and feel like a million bucks! 🤑
Not only is less more in hot climates but avoiding fabrics that wrinkle easily and/or show sweat stains is critical. If your photo shoot is taking place in a hot, sunny or tropical location, choose flowy dresses and other attire/fabrics that breathe (natural fabrics like linen and cotton are great). Often, lighter colours and patterns hide sweat; this is really important. Avoid grey and heathered solids. We highly recommend giving your clothes a dry run (pun intended!) before your shoot. Splash drops of water on your items to see how they’ll look should some glossy beads of sweat adorn you (or your partner 🙊); remember you’ll likely be touching, playing and interacting, so even if you’re not one to sweat easily, transfer could very easily happen. 😅 It’s worth the prep work, trust us. 🙌
Bring on the knits! Ooooh, how we love chunky knit sweaters, turtlenecks, scarves, cardigans… you name it! Long sleeves are great and a perfect combo for layering (watch necklines for undershirts). Speaking of layering, winter can be so much fun, and it photographs so beautifully! Cold weather is the time to enjoy sweaters, scarves, hats and more. 🧣
Pro tip: hide some instant hand warmers and tissues in your pocket—little things like this will help keep extremities warm and snot-free!
“I’m not wearing that.” 🚫 Famous last words. If you have kids, you know the battle. The jury is still out on whether having small kids or older ones is more exhausting when it comes to dressing them for photos (#sendhelp), but don’t worry, we’ve got you! No matter the age of your kids, work with them in choosing clothes. Let them know this is a special occasion, and on this occasion, it’s important that you work together. After your shoot, maybe they can pick out pyjamas or comfy clothes for you when you’re all finished? Kids are frequently particular with fabrics, fit, tags, etc., so letting kids try things on in advance will save a headache 🤕 on the day of (not to mention a lot of fights at the last minute). Stay calm, work together and remember, a lot of kids just want autonomy and comfort—they want their voices heard—so hear them! Joint efforts and teamwork can make this whole experience way easier.
We all want to look cool and elevated in photos, so how do we look extra-amazing but also stay true to who we are and feel comfortable?
Flytographer shoots are all about exploring your travel destination, so make sure to choose outfits that you can move around in comfortably. Try to avoid restrictive clothes that take the focus off having fun on your shoot. High heels may not be the best choice for cobblestoned streets, and tight jeans on a sandy beach could have you wishing for a breezier alternative. 😬
Nothing is more flattering to your figure than an outfit that truly fits well. 👌 Try to avoid baggy clothing, which will leave you looking boxy or anything overly tight that might restrict your movement.
When it comes to looking good for your photo shoot, new clothes aren’t required! Packing completely unique outfits for everyone may be hard if you’re travelling with a carry-on, so utilize clothes that are versatile and go with other vacation looks—mix and match, or plan to re-use layers. Adding jewellery and accessories 💄 can pack a punch while taking up very little real estate in your luggage, so consider utilizing these, leaving you looking like a jazzed-up version of yourself! 💁♀️
Photo: Vanessa in Dublin for Flytographer. Bianca wears a long coat draped on her shoulders and holds a small purse, adding two accessories to her outfit.
Photo: Francesca in Rome for Flytographer. Tous carries a jacket over his shoulder as a subtle accessory to add to the movement in the image.
Think about your destination, your route and the vibe you want to achieve in your final gallery. Whether you want to wear your most loved pair of jeans and rock a natural look, go all out with a glamorous black-tie wardrobe or dress somewhere in between, it’s up to you! 💃 Flowy dresses and button-down shirts almost always get a “Yes!” from us in terms of managing to straddle the line between fancy and casual. Don’t be afraid to go all out, but if that feels overwhelming, never fear leaning into a more casual look. 👍
We get a lot of questions about coordinating with your group vs donning matching outfits, so let’s chat! We recommend coordinating outfits rather than perfectly matching them. We think coordinating is classy and relatively easy. Think of it this way: chances are you wouldn’t choose the same pattern for the curtains for your living room as you would for the upholstery on your couch, but isolating solid colours in the pattern is a winning way to make everything feel cohesive. This same thing goes for attire, too! Start with one person, namely someone in a pattern (like Mom in that great maxi dress!), then have another person wear a solid colour 👕 that appears in that nearby pattern. When it comes to complementary colours, that could mean one of two things: 1) colours that are flattering together or 2) pairs of colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel, which make ideal pairings. 🎨
Speaking of colour wheels, let’s talk about colour palettes! Colour schemes can be fun to play with. Before you jump into colours, we highly recommend considering your location and your Flytographer route for sample galleries. Colours in the summer are wildly different from colours in the winter, fall and spring for a lot of destinations. The colour tone in urban New York City 🏙 is wildly different from the bright colour tones of Miami. 🌈 Let your destination guide your colours! Some colour palettes we love: neutral colours, pops of colour, pastels and earth tones!
If you have room in your suitcase, bring a couple of outfit possibilities on your trip! 🧳 The outfit you thought was perfection a week ago may not be your number-one choice on the day of the shoot. Maybe something spills in your bag, or a random change in weather has you wishing for a knit sweater rather than a tank top. Something unexpected always arises on a trip, but stressing about your clothing shouldn’t be one of them!
Since Flytographer specializes in outdoor photos, we are at the mercy of the weather, for better or for worse. 🌤 If the weather allows for it, layering items such as scarves, sweaters, jackets, necklaces, watches and hats are great ways to add texture and visual interest to your photos. Just be careful not to overdo it! You are the focus of your shoot, not your outfit. 🙃
Shoot note: While we encourage packing extra options for your vacation, we cannot accommodate extra bags during the actual photo shoot. 🎒 Only bring your chosen outfit with you to your Flytographer shoot, as your photographer will not be able to carry extra bags and your shoot timeline might not allow for an outfit change during the shoot unless this is previously agreed upon.
Shoes! 👟 Shoes are a critical part of your photo shoot outfit because they can have you feeling amazing or regretting the whole thing all together. Repeat with us: “Breaking in new shoes is not a good idea on vacation!” Don’t plan on bringing your “cute shoes” 👡 for your photo shoot. Save them for another time. Often, Flytographer shoots have you wandering and exploring with your photographer (which is so much fun!), and no matter how cute shoes are in a store mirror or standing in your bedroom, they’re typically not so hot after walking to your meeting location and chasing after little ones! 🤪 Reminder: being comfortable will feel so much better and leave you looking so much happier than a couple of shots with awesome heels!
A thoughtful shoe choice can really make your outfit, so shine up your best pair of trusty shoes for your shoot. Consider your terrain (cobblestones, grass, chip trails or sand), and put your best foot forward! 🥿
Photo: Coo and Yurika in Kyoto for Flytographer. Bharat and partner wear shoes that coordinate with the other’s outfit while on a proposal photoshoot in Kyoto.
Consider hair and makeup that makes you feel great, looks good and is flattering in still images. Unless you’re going for a stylized look, avoid any major hair or makeup changes 💇♀️ leading up to your shoot. You want to look great, but you also want to look and feel like yourself!
Have you thought about having your hair and makeup professionally done before your shoot? Hiring a pro doesn’t have to mean going full-throttle glamour. Hiring a professional can really be a fun way to pamper yourself (and even others!) prior to your shoot and can add to the fun of shoot day. 💋
If you’re celebrating a recent engagement or are on your honeymoon and might want a close-up shot of your rings, don’t forget to have your nails done as well! 💅
Photo: Kirill in Paris for Flytographer. Ingrid poses with beautiful hair and makeup done naturally while on a solo adventure photoshoot in Paris.
Photo: Flytographer in Salt Lake City. Gabby and partner wear casual outfits for winter and simple hairstyles that work well with their overall look while on a photoshoot in Salt Lake City.
Here are a few things we recommend not 🙅♀️ wearing/bringing to your photo shoot:
For family photo sessions, 👨👩👧👧 we hope we’ve given you lots of ideas on what to do and not to do. For those planning a family photo shoot, we understand the prep for more than one or two can seem extra tedious! We want every one of your family members to feel as good as possible going into your shoot. To re-emphasize a few points: make kids aware of the plan, confirm their clothes fit and are comfortable and weather-appropriate (pro reminder: kids aren’t spectacular at grinning through cold and pushing through heat like most adults are!), and have backup clothes packed. Family photo outfit ideas are similar to what we’ve discussed already—comfort, coordination and enhancing what you each already love.
Family pictures should feel fun, so at some point, remember to let go of the things that aren’t as critical and try to let everyone be themselves! Family portraits tend to elicit stressful feelings and a weeee bit of pressure at times (😉), so focus on what you can, trust in the process and try to let go! Our professional photographers do this for a living, so once you arrive for your shoot, trust them!
A final tip for the person planning your photos (know that we’re looking in a mirror as we share this!): try to avoid being critical before, during and after your shoot. 😮💨 We know it’s so much easier said than done, but the less pressure and critique family members receive, the better they’ll feel about themselves; that goes for you, too! We all have things we’re self-conscious about, but these photos are to remember your people in this season of life—no matter what “flaws” you might see, others see the you that they love. ❤️
How are you feeling? It can be a lot, but we hope you’re feeling enlightened and excited! 🥳 We share all of this to help you level-set and recognize what can make your photo shoot a total success, so get excited! We want you to feel and look your very best; this is our jam, and we love capturing you and the ones you love being YOU! Let your clothes enhance your photos and make you feel like the best version of yourself.
Photo: Flytographer in Singapore. Ajok wears a white dress in front of colourful walls standing out as the focal point while on a photoshoot in Singapore.