What to wear to a photoshoot

If you’re getting ready for a photography session, it’s important to know what to wear and what to take with you. What you wear in a photo shoot matters greatly as it sets the tone for the shoot and of course, the resulting photographs.

We have created a step-by-step guide that will cover everything you need to consider when putting together the perfect outfit. By the end of this article, you should know exactly how to dress to make a lasting impression in front of the camera for a successful photoshoot.

Colour Palette and Fabric

Someone examining a clothes rack. Image by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash.
Image by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash.

Colour theory comes into play with our everyday lives and should be carefully considered in what type of message you are trying to convey with your outfit choice for the photoshoot.

For example, black clothing can mean mystery, power and sophistication whereas yellow clothing can promote happiness and optimism. It’s worth considering your message and what you want your clothing choices to say about your final creative output.

As for materials, flowing fabric like chiffon or silk tends to photograph well, while heavier fabrics like denim or corduroy can add some visual interest with their textures for a photo shoot.

Also avoid wearing clothes with logos or large busy patterns for the photo shoot (unless you’re modelling for a particular brand that requires it). These can be distracting in photos.

Fit is Key

How your clothes fit during a photoshoot will come to light in post production if they don’t fit well. When selecting an outfit for a photo shoot, ensure everything fits snugly but isn’t too tight. You don’t want there to be any gaping or pulling throughout the shoot.

It’s a good idea to bring along a few different options to the studio, so you have something to fall back on if your first choice doesn’t work out. You can consider asking for advice from those close to you if you’re unsure if an outfit doesn’t fit or work for whatever reason for the photoshoot.

Comfort is a Must

Although you want your outfit to look good, it’s also important that you feel comfortable in it on the day of the photo shoot. If you’re not comfortable, it will show in your images. Choose an outfit that you can move around in without feeling restricted during the photoshoot.

For example, if you’re doing any physical activity, like dancing or playing sports during the photoshoot, ensure your clothing is up to the task. You don’t want your clothes to end up ruined before the shoot is even over.

Consider the Type Of Photo Shoot

Family photoshoot. Image by Jessica Rockowitz on Unsplash.
Image by Jessica Rockowitz on Unsplash.

You must first consider what type of photoshoot you will be doing. There are many different types of photoshoots, from family portraits to model headshots. Each type of photoshoot may require a different type of outfit.

For example, you wouldn’t wear the same thing to a family portrait as to a model headshot as these are two very different types of photo shoots that require a different look and feel. Also, consider the location of the photoshoot. If the photoshoot is outdoors, you may want to consider your outfit and the weather in terms of your comfort levels.

Showcase your Personality throughout the Photo Shoot

The most important thing is to be true to your personality, style and niche. If you’re comfortable and happy with your outfit, it will show in the pictures and you will come across more confident than someone who is unhappy with the choice of clothing.

Time of Year

As seasons come and go, our weather changes dramatically throughout the year. During winter, you will want to dress in warmer clothing options and then in summer you can dress in lighter, thinner garments that have the ability to breathe.

Theme Or No Theme

Some photo shoots have a specific theme, while others do not. If there is a theme for a photoshoot, make sure your outfit fits it. For example, if the photoshoot is ’60s inspired, you shouldn’t wear something that would be more suitable for the ’90s.

Consider the Location of the photoshoot

Couple photoshoot outside. Image by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash.
Image by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash.

When selecting an outfit for a photo shoot, it’s also important to consider the location. If you’re shooting outdoors, you’ll want to dress accordingly. This means avoiding anything that will blow around in the wind or get caught on branches, like loose scarves or flowing skirts or dresses.

If you’re shooting a session indoors, on the other hand, you’ll have a bit more wiggle room in terms of what you can wear. Also, remember that you may have to walk from one location to another during the photoshoot, so comfortable shoes for all times and/or between takes are a must.


Don’t forget to accessorise for your photo shoot. The right accessories can really complete a models outfit and help you achieve the look you’re going for.

For example, if you’re shooting in a more formal setting, consider adding some jewellery or a belt to your outfit for styling. Just make sure not to go overboard – too many accessories can be distracting and take away from your images.

Be Yourself

It’s important to remember that you should be yourself. Your clothing should reflect your personality, so don’t be afraid to let your true colours shine through.

It will show in your images if you’re uncomfortable with something. So, choose an outfit that makes you feel good and just go with the flow.

Your photographer will guide you throughout the shoot and help you pose in a way that looks natural and effortless. Just relax and have fun; the best photos always capture genuine moments and expressions.

Subtle Coordination: Group Setting

In the case of group shoots, it is essential to maintain subtle coordination among the subjects’ clothing. Unless the shoot concept demands eccentricity, every subject’s outfit should gel well with each other. Wearing clothes of similar colours or in complementary hues is always a good idea.

Change it up: Variation is Key

Once you’ve found an outfit you love, don’t be afraid to modify it. Try different combinations of tops and bottoms, or switch out your shoes and accessories. You might be surprised at how just a few small changes can completely transform your look to get the perfect shot.

Prepare for Wet Weather

Rainy wedding day. Image by Joel Overbeck on Unsplash.
Image by Joel Overbeck on Unsplash.

No matter what time of year your photo shoot takes place, it’s always a good idea to prepare for wet weather. If there’s even a slight chance of rain or in some cases, snow, bring along an umbrella and/or a thick jacket to keep you warm and dry.

Have a Beauty Plan Ahead of Time

If you’re going to be in front of the camera, it’s important to have a beauty plan ahead of your photoshoot day. This means more than just ensuring your hair and makeup look good. You’ll also want to take care of any skin problems you might have prior to the shoot, such as acne, dark circles, or dryness.


Now that you have all the information you need, it’s time to put together the perfect look for your photo shoot. Keep in mind the location, season, and purpose of the shoot when choosing your clothing. If you’re unsure of what to wear, be cautious and go for something more conservative rather than something a bit wacky.

You can always take off layers if you get too hot or add them on if you get cold. Most importantly, relax and have fun. The best shot is usually taken when subjects feel natural and comfortable.

We hope this guide helped figure out what to wear to your next photo shoot. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us at FT Studio, and we’ll be happy to help.