When clients book with me I often get asked, ‘but what do we wear?!”

My first response is always something you feel comfortable in.  If you are comfortable, you will look comfortable and I can photograph natural smiles.

Two big considerations are the time of year and where you will be.  I’m currently booking outdoor photoshoots for over the summer and usually in Sutton Park.  You want to wear something that stands out (i.e. you’re not blending in to the background) but not something that’s too bold and gaudy.  I always suggest to avoid bright busy patterns.  I usually look towards the colour wheel.  Opposite colours complement each other.  You also want to use colours that complement you.

So you want to use the colour wheel to help you select your colours.  As a rule during the summer, blues look great outdoors and whites.


The colour wheel is also useful if you’re having a photoshoot with flowers.  Take the colour of the flowers into consideration.  Bluebells are very different to poppies and sunflowers.  Again, blues and whites always look good with all of these flowers but you could go for a different colour e.g. green with poppies, purple with sunflowers and red with the bluebells.  It just depends on what you like and where you are going to have your pictures displayed.


Lots to think about!


Another thing to consider is pattern.  You don’t want busy patterns.  Plain and simple items of clothing is perfect.  You don’t want the shirt to be the main focus of the picture – you want the people to be the main event.


Have included some outdoor portrait pictures in here to give you some food for thought.   Some of these photos are from my Autumn Minis sessions but have included them to show you the importance of colour.  And also these families rocked their outdoor shoots!


But if you have ANY questions at all, let me know!


What will you wear for your outdoor photoshoot?