The images captured during a portrait session are going to be looked at and cherished for years to come. They may adorn the walls of your house, be gifted to loved ones or used on your social media profiles. You may have gone to the effort of researching photographers and now you’ve booked your portrait session you want to make sure that the resulting pictures are as good as they can possibly be.

One way to do this is to have a think, in advance of the portrait session, about the outfits you’ll wear on the day. This is by no means a commentary on what is and isn’t fashionable, it’s just a guide to ensure that you’re the one that stands out in your pictures, not the clothes that you’re wearing.

So, here is my advice for what to think about when you’re choosing your outfit for your portrait session:

Try to avoid clothing with large slogans and logos on. These can draw the eye away from you and may also look very dated a few years down the line

Choose colours that aren’t too vibrant or dazzling. That’s right, that luminous t-shirt may be distracting. Muted tones are usually a safe bet

Coordinate, don’t match. If you’re having a family or couple portrait session then it’s good to try to coordinate. Try not to match your colours but choosing similar tones can go a long way to making pictures look great!

Think about the location of the portrait session. For instance, if you’ve chosen a woodland setting for your portrait then you may opt for a different style to an urban location

Obviously, the most important thing to remember is to wear something you feel comfortable in. The above recommendations are just that – recommendations. At the end of the day, if you’re not comfortable and relaxed with what you’re wearing then it’ll come through in the pictures.

North family portrait wepre park

The North family are a great example of coordinating natural looking tones, without logos and slogans, which may distract attention away from the main focus in the picture