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Friday, March 18, 2016

{photography} what to wear for photoshoots

words and photography by Amber from Amber Paige Photography

What's the first thing you think about once you've booked your photoshoot?

What location you want to go to? How you're going to do your hair?

How about what to wear?

Oftentimes this is an overlooked aspect of your photoshoot, when really it plays a very vital role in how your want your end images to look and feel.

Sure, the location, lighting and poses all contribute to the look of your photos but these are all parts of a whole that complement one another. What you wear is another one of those parts that you need to coordinate with the other factors.

For example, if you rocked up in a slim fitting wiggle dress and pearls for your natural, country feel photoshoot in a barn, the two aren't necessarily going to create cohesive images (and you might be really uncomfortable trying to sit in hay without getting your dress all wrinkled!). While this is a bit of an extreme example, you can see how what you wear is important in creating the images you want.

I've been a photographer for 7 years and over the years I have collated a few tips on how to plan your perfect photoshoot outfit. Here's what I share with my clients...

1. think about your overall theme/feel
First of all, decide if your photoshoot is going to have a theme or an overall 'look'.

When you initially book with your photographer you probably will have already established this anyway, so work from there.

Look for outfit inspiration that aligns with the theme/feel of your photoshoot.

Some good places to look are on fashion blogs, search Instagram with the hashtag #ootd (outfit of the day), magazines, movies and of course, Pinterest!

2. finding the right pieces
Once you have an outfit in mind it's time to find the pieces to bring it all together. Remember that your outfit doesn't have to be expensive. You don't need to go shopping in high end/brand name stores (unless of course you can, in which case go right ahead! And take me with you!).

Clothes are so readily available nowadays and all styles are represented so it's quite easy in most cases to find what you need to create your outfit.

I've found pieces to add to my own studio wardrobe from Target, Cotton On, salvos stores and Ebay. Fast fashion stores such as Dotti or TEMT are other great places to look as well.

3. studio wardrobe
Depending on the photographer you choose, they may have a studio wardrobe exclusively for their clients to use.

If this is the case your photographer will work with you to choose pieces from their collection. Easy!

4. if you're stuck, ask for help
Of course if you're still stuck or get overwhelmed with all the choice, talk to your photographer. They're there to help you create your best images after all and I can guarantee that they'll be happy to flex their styling skills!

5. make sure you're comfortable
Lastly, choose pieces that you feel comfortable in. There's nothing more annoying than worrying about your outfit during your photoshoot. It will show in the photos.

Being comfortable and feeling good in what you're wearing is the final and most important part of getting your best images!

Thank you for reading and I hope that these tips help you when you book your next photoshoot!

Words and photography by Amber from Amber Paige Photography // Boutique Child & Tween Photographer

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