What to wear for Portraits
Choosing plain-coloured, preferably co-ordinating clothing is key in a group or family portrait - too many different colours and patterns will cause clutter and will distract the focus away from faces. No individual person should dominate a family portrait and everyone should be dressed in a similar style - whether formal or informal.
Tops: Long sleeves are ideal to keep the focus on faces. If you're not sure, bring a selection of white/light-coloured tops and a selection of black/dark-coloured tops. Dark tops are generally best, as dark is slimming. Avoid one person dressing in a strong colour unless you want this person to be the focus of the shoot.
However in saying all this, please feel free to bring your favourite clothes in any style/colour/pattern, especially if children are involved. We all have different personalities and there’s plenty of time to explore several styles!
Traditional cultural clothing looks great in portraits and is an excellent way to represent your heritage - we love to photograph and celebrate this!
It's great to see individual personalities growing, so if we're photographing your young children or teens, please bring along their favourite outfits.
With young children, bring a few toys and any sporting props they might have. We may not photograph the toys but we like to make the sessions fun and playing is part of this. It's also great to capture that favourite toy to look back on in the future!
Teenagers - Any special interests? Musical? Sporting? Different outfits? Bring along outfits and accessories which relate to their personality and interests.
Bring what you like! We suggest a mixture of dark/black-coloured tops or outfits, white/light-coloured tops or outfits, your favourite jeans, your favourite dress, and something colourful. Accessories can be fun too - hats, scarves or your favourite necklace. And if you like - something sexy!
Think carefully about the message you are aiming to deliver and dress to match. For example, those in professional services should be formally dressed with a suit and tie or a nice top - see our seperate page for more suggestions.