I advise my clients to bring 5-6 outfits to get the most out of their photoshoot session and showcase different moods and styles. For example, you could start in jeans and a vest top and go right through to a cocktail/evening dress. It is entirely up to you. I understand a lot of people don’t wear jeans or don’t wear cocktail dresses so depending on the type of look you want to go for then consider the type of clothes that fit that look. For example if you want some sexy shots is that a Clavin Kline vest and pants or suspenders?
You can either go shopping, use what you got, borrow of your girlfriends or rent something but the more effort you put in to bring in gorgeous outfits the better your shots will be. Some recommendations for clothing are: Asos, Edressit, House of Fraser, Dream Wardrobe, Girlmeetsdress, Hire the Catwalk. Having a Ball Dress Hire
With that general advice in mind here is some more specific advice in what to wear/bring:
Something Light: something in a soft shade of blush, grey, nude, cream or white. Light clothes look fresh and bright and ethereal and give a totally different look.
Something Dark: black, chocolate, charcoal, or dark, rich jewel tones will all work well. Dark clothes also tend to make you look slimmer.
Something Classic: put together an ensemble (or two) that’s timeless and chic. Whether you need images for business, want to keep things casual, are aiming for something a touch dressy and ladylike - or even all three.
Something Sexy: Sexiness can mean wearing a backless gown or beautiful lingerie. Even a sweater can feel sensual when worn off-the-shoulder; and slip-dresses nod to lingerie while still feeling dressed up.
Something Epic: A photo shoot is the perfect opportunity to dress like a movie star, (and a great excuse to go shopping). You might even rent, borrow, or custom make your dream outfit. Give yourself permission to go all out.
Striking metallics & gilded embellishments: Add some shimmer to your portraits with metallic fabrics, sequins, or beadwork. While this look may seem extremely dressy in person, the sparkling effect is much more subtle in images. Look for silver, gunmetal, bronze, gold, or rose gold, or even skip the true metals and bring any colour of draped, lustrous, satin - which is a sophisticated variation of this style.
Barely there: Dressing in shades of nude and blush in a portrait creates a feeling of the clothes disappearing, and the image being all about the woman, and not the wardrobe. Whether you opt for a cuddly sweater, a slinky slip, a gown, or a full tulle skirt, these subtle neutral shades will give a soft, ultra-feminine mood.
No Prints and patterns as they tend look to busy.
Fitted clothes always look better
Keep away from the white shirt:
Think about accessories: consider any hats scarves and jewellery you could bring.
Underwear:Don’t forget to include the underwear you need for each outfit whether its a nude bra a black bra and a strapless one.
My portrait sessions include a styling consultation to help you with your choices. You can either have the consultation in person, over Skype or I can visit you to go over your wardrobe choices. I want to make sure you have everything you need on the day to look and feel fabulous.
If you are interested in hearing more about my portrait sessions then I invite
If you are interested in hearing more about my portrait sessions then I invite you to book your complimentary consultation!
During this phone call, we'll talk about how you want to be photographed, I'll answer any questions you might have about my process, and we'll determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can’t wait to hear from you.