How to Style an Outfit for a Photoshoot
Practical Tips and Expert Advice
Hey lovely ladies, I know how important the garment you are wearing during a photoshoot is. With that I being said, I wanted to share my practical tips and expert advice on photoshoot styling. As a photographer and a creative director I typically have final say in the outfit choices therefore I believe I have a thing or two I could teach you in regards to styling. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time model, choosing the perfect outfit for a photoshoot can be a game-changer. In this blog post, I'll be sharing my tips and tricks on how to style an outfit that complements the theme, flatters your body type, and adds that wow factor to your images.
1. Consider the Photoshoot Theme:
When selecting an outfit, it's essential to consider the theme or mood of the photoshoot. Think about the emotions and story you want to convey through your images. Whether it's an Old Hollywood glamour or an Urban street style, aligning your outfit with the theme sets the stage for professional images.
2. Match Your Outfit to the Concept:
To ensure your outfit matches the theme or concept, don't be afraid to experiment and seek feedback. Trial and error is key! Share your outfit ideas with peers or your photographer to gauge if they align with the desired look and feel. Remember, collaboration and open-mindedness lead to fantastic results.
3. Select Colors and Patterns Thoughtfully:
Colors and patterns play a vital role in your outfit’s impact. Consider the overall composition and background of the photoshoot location. Opt for complementary colors that make you stand out against the backdrop. Experiment with textures, but be mindful of their interaction with the surroundings to avoid distractions. Too much texture sure can be overwhelming and not enough can be quite boring.
4. Pay Attention to Details and Accessories:
Details matter! I literally cannot stress this enough. Remove any tags or visible hair ties that may distract from the overall aesthetics. Creating a pre-shot checklist can help ensure you've accounted for every detail, from makeup touch-ups to wardrobe adjustments. Accessorize strategically to enhance your outfit and bring out your personality. I have created a pre-shot checklist for those who would like to check out the template I’ve made.
5. Dress Appropriately for the Location and Setting:
The location and setting of the photoshoot play a significant role in determining your outfit. Consider the environment, weather conditions, and any specific requirements communicated by your photographer. Dressing appropriately ensures you're comfortable and able to focus on feeling confident.
6. Dress to Flatter Your Body Type:
Everybody is unique and beautiful. Dressing to flatter your body type boosts confidence and accentuates your best features. Seek guidance from your photographer or do some research on styles that suit your specific body type. Experiment with different cuts, silhouettes, and proportions to find what works best for you.
7. Pack and Prepare in Advance:
Preparation is key to a smooth and successful photoshoot. Create a checklist of outfits and accessories you'll need, including backup options. Plan in advance, ensuring everything is clean, ironed, and ready to go. This saves time and minimizes stress on the day of the shoot. For those who have a hard time creating their own checklist, I’ve created my checklist template linked below. This template is filled with all different types of information in regard to wardrobes, fashion, boudoir & beauty photoshoots.
8. Embrace Experimentation and Fun:
Photoshoots are a fantastic opportunity to express yourself and try new things. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with your outfit choices! Discuss outfit changes with your photographer, aiming for variety in your images. Enjoy the creative process and let your unique style shine through.
Styling an outfit for a photo shoot is an art that combines creativity, personal expression, and attention to detail. By following these practical tips and expert advice, you'll be well-equipped to choose outfits that elevate your photoshoot experience and produce stunning images. Remember, confidence and authenticity are the key ingredients to owning your stage. Now go out there, strike a pose, and let your inner supermodel shine!