What to wear for your session, a dress guide

What you wear for a session will affect the entire look of your photos, so it is very important to choose what you wear wisely. Here are a few tips, tricks, and suggestions that I've gathered while shooting to help you!

You should not try to match, but instead you want to coordinate!

The key is to wear outfits that are complimentary or analogous in style and color, but not identical. Try not to have every member of your group dress in one color, but instead use a color palette that compliments. Pick one color that you like, and then pick out clothing that compliment that color; so instead of everyone wearing a navy colored shirt,  you could have everyone in your group dress in varying colors of white, grey, and blue.  Below are some sample color palettes that you can check out, you can also go here to see popular color palettes as well as create your own for reference.


   Some examples of complimentary colors palettes:

 Some examples of complimentary colors palettes:

Texture is ideal; it brings depth, contrast and detail to your photos. Using different textured and patterned fabrics, such as lace, tweed, and wool, really adds to a photo. The easiest way to incorporate layers to your outfits are by adding a jacket, cardigan, boot-socks, sweaters, tights or a combination of these! Mixing and matching with different textured fabrics, patterns, and layers can be very fun and bring a sophistication to your portrait.


Shoes! Shoes are a detail that many people overlook, but they are a very important part of your outfit. The shoes you pick matter. Try not to wear tennis shoes. Wearing flats, oxfords, boots, or any other style can really switch it up and maximize the amount of detail to your photo.


Here are a few things you should try to avoid when choosing your outfits, because they can be distracting & unflattering.

  • Clothing with very noticeable brand tags
  • Graphic Tee's
  • Sneakers
  • Clothing with large images or overbearing patterns
  • Sleeveless or very short sleeved shirts and dresses; try for 3/4 sleeves or layer a longer sleeved shirt over the top!
  • Solid bright Orange, Red, or Green shirts or dresses; they reflect colored light onto the subject and lead to color casts



Accessories are often forgotten when planning your outfit, and can really enhance the aesthetic of your photos, but don't over do it. Remember to have your accessories match your look and theme without becoming distracting.

If you decide to get a hair cut before your photos, try to do so at least 2 weeks before your session, so it has time to grow and even out.


You want to wear something that compliments and shows off your belly. If you decide to wear a dress, maxi dresses look absolutely amazing in maternity shots, they're comfortable, and they give off a very "flowy," elegant look. If you wear leggings or tights, make sure to have a bit of contrast between your dress and leggings (don't wear a black dress with black tights, or a white dress with white leggings). If you would like bare belly photos, bring either a shirt that opens in the front or an attractive bandeaux/bra (unless you would like nude/implied nude photos, but please let me know ahead of time.)

Remember the most important aspect of your photos is that they represent YOU as a person, so dress to your own style. If you need any help I am available to assist at anytime so just contact me! Or you can check out my Pinterest board where I pin some inspirational photos that can help give you some ideas!