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What should I wear to my photoshoot?

Clothing Suggestions For Your Photography Session

Selecting the right clothing for your photoshoot is a very important part of preparing for your portrait. If the clothing is too noticeable, it can easily become a distraction in the photo.

Just remember that you are not hiring a professional photographer because you want just another picture. The attention must be more on you and less on the clothes.

Ultimately, the choice is yours and you have to be comfortable in what you're wearing. So here are a few basic guidelines I have put together that will give you an idea of what to go for.

Avoid clothing with bright patterns and logos

The goal of a photography session is to avoid distractions and make you stand out completely. Clothing with patterns, big or small, do the opposite. So try to avoid them if possible, especially checkered and colourful stripe patterns as they can also cause distortions in your photos.

I would also suggest avoid wearing certain bright colours such as bright pink, bright green etc. These might be some of your favourite colours and that's fair enough. But remember that these colours can take away attention from your face.

Light clothing always look fresh & elegant

A white dress, shirt or blouses will always look fantastic and pretty much all photographers in Dubai would recommend it. Light blue colours mixed with a white shorts/skirts look great too. Again, this is just a guide to give you an idea so don't feel like you have to come to your photoshoot dressed all in white!

For black and white portrait photography, I would recommend a white top/shirt under a black or dark grey jacket.

Don’t over do it with accessories!

Heavily noticeable accessories like big handbags or big chains or necklaces can be a major distraction. Simplicity always works best during a photoshoot.

Hair & makeup

Try and keep your hair off the face and sides as it can create shadows and become a distraction.

Makeup wise, it's up to you what kid of look you want, but personally, I wouldn't go too crazy with makeup.

Tips for family photoshoots

I hate to be repeating myself again, but in my humble opinion, simplicity often leads to amazing photographs. Like I mentioned before, try your best to avoid logos and striking patterns on your clothes.

coordinating what you wear with the rest of the family on the day of the photoshoot is also a must. Try keeping your family or group in similar coloured clothing so there are little to no distractions and the main focus is everyone's faces.

To bring out your natural skin tones, you can go for pastel colours. Whites and khakis always look great and make the photos look bright and fresh, but if you have a very pale complexion, I suggest not to wear them as it can make you look paler.

One more thing, make sure whatever you decide to wear isn't too tight or too loose. Trust me, you'll see the difference in your photos!

Tips for professional portraits

for portrait photography or headshots (usually used for work purposes, documentations, or LinkedIn profiles), darker colours such as greys, blacks and blues work best, especially for black and white photos where it can help in giving it a far more professional feel.

Tips for Maternity photoshoots

Your main goal is to show off your beautiful baby bump so my advice would be to wear clothing with no logos and very subtle to no patterns.

I personally love a photoshoot on the beach as it offers a beautiful setting with plenty great natural light. If you like that too and decide to go for it, I recommend wearing white or summer colours. If your other half or kids are coming along too, it's best to colour coordinate with everyone so the attention stays focused on you and your bump.

If you want a solo, portrait photoshoot indoors, dark colours look great (especially in black and white photos) and if you want close-up photos of your bump, you can also wear a button down top so it would be easier for you to expose your belly.

I will be taking close-ups of your hands on your belly so please make sure that you are only wearing the jewellery that you want in the photographs. For example, you might want to take off your watch, wristband or bracelet so your wedding rings stand out more.

You can be completely sure that you won't be asked to do anything outside your comfort zone so feel completely free to tell us exactly what you like and what you don't like.

Toddlers and Kids

Personally, I like to photograph kids in bright and funky colours to make it more light and fun, although if you want a more serious photos you can dress them accordingly.

Feel free to bring accessories or comfort items like hats, sunglasses, favourite toy or blanket if you think that it'll bring out your little one's personality even more.

And finally...

All the above is meant to serve as a guideline to help you in capturing the best version of your special moments. You might feel that you want to the opposite of what's said above and totally do your own thing. And you know what? That's absolutely fine, because if you're 100% comfortable, you will be your own natural self, and that will come through in your photos.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me before your photoshoot (or booking) and I would be happy to answer them for you.

Make sure you keep an eye on our awesome offers on all our Dubi photography packages and I look forward to seeing you on your photoshoot.


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