TiPS: What To Wear


The selection of proper clothing for your portrait is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful portrait. If the clothing is noticeable or overbearing in a portrait, it could easily become a distraction. Clothing that does not attract attention to itself is the ultimate goal. It could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture. You may be asked to change your clothing selection before I take your portraits if you do not follow these basic guidelines.


Darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph.


Bright colors attract attention away from the face and may be reflective. Avoid wearing red, bright pink, bright green, etc. When choosing lighter colors, stick to pastels, but avoid pink tones. Pale yellow and pale blue work well, especially with jeans or kaki pants. These colours work great in nature for example, if you have a sunset photography session booked in.


Light clothing can look beautifully fresh. If you are worried about not appearing slender then it is safer to avoid white. White can look beautifully simple and fresh.

Prints and patterns are a definite NO. This includes logos. Avoid prints of any kind and patterns. If you go for prints, keep the small and or simple.


Don’t over accessorize! Overbearing or heavily noticeable accessories can be a major distraction. Simple and minimal works best.


Eyeglasses may or may not be worn. Non-reflective lenses, of course, are a big help.


Hairstyles should be SIMPLE and MUST be off the face. Hair falling down onto the sides of the face create distracting shadows. Bangs that come down too low onto the face will keep light from getting into the subject’s eyes – the very most important part of the face. It is always a great idea to have your make-up and hair professionally applied for your photography session. It will make a huge difference in how you look and feel. 


Keep your clothing simple and coordinating.  Avoid loud or busy patterns and large logos. Solid colors are best.  Then, make sure to follow all of the above instructions.  Keeping a group in similar colors focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait and dissimilar colors in groups tend to be more distracting. White tops with jeans can look very nice and casual. Jeans are the timeless choice and they’re great for fun, casual pictures because they are flattering and don’t show wrinkles or panty lines. Lighter shirts on top give the pictures a more casual and bright look. Pastels are also usually appealing because they enhance natural skin tones. Black or other dark shirts on top give the portraits a more serious and thoughtful feel (not to mention that black is slimming). Everyone should have color-coordinated outfits (Not a uniform necessarily, but there should be a theme). For the children, choose outfits that fit well without a lot of “growing room”. Jeans/khaki’s and white or black tops are always very nice for a family portrait


The goal is to show off that adorable baby bump, I prefer to do maternity on a solid black or white backdrop. Black, from head to toe, is usually good (a flowing white outfit can also look great). A simple black or white (or both!) button down top in which the bottom area can be unbuttoned easily to expose your belly works best. Please encourage the father (and your children if you have others) to come along if you wish (they should also dress in solid black or white). Several poses with your hands showing will be taken, so be sure to remove any jewelry that you do not want in the pictures (some women want to have their wedding ring in the picture, others do not.  Most prefer to remove their wristwatch). If you know you are having a boy or a girl and/or know what your baby will be named please let me know that info as well. Finally, be assured that I will not ask you to leave your comfort zone. I don’t want to ask you to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Please be up-front in regards to what you would like, and are willing to do. I promise that we will do very graceful and tasteful posing for your pictures.


Teens have their OWN sense of style – I love to let them express it however they wish but the colors should


Your portraits are meant to be enjoyed for generations to come. You will feel very rewarded when you view your photographs. All of your efforts will be worthwhile.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me before your portrait session.

See you at your shoot!


93 Henry Str. • Westdene • Parnon Court • Bloemfontein • 9301 South Africa