This or That | What to wear to a photo session

March 26, 2015  •  4 Comments

This or That? | What to wear to your photo session?!?!

Ok .... I booked my session.....Now what am I going to wear!?!?!?
Sometimes this question can be overwhelming! So I invite you to sit back and take a deep breath. I want to make sure all my clients know,  I am here to help! Call me, let's brain storm! I would be honored to be a listening ear, and as an experienced photographer, I would be happy to give you some input on what those colors or what that style will look like on camera.

family_portrait_memphis_tn_photographyfamily_portrait_memphis_tn_photography Let's Get Started

Here are 5 great ways to help you choose just the right outfit!

  1. Look around your house. When getting your portraits taken you want to think about the end product. Where are you going to hang these portraits of your beautiful family? Look around your living room, bedroom, kid's room, or hallway. What color scheme are you using to decorate those rooms?
    For example, when taking our summer beach portraits below, I wanted to incorporate some of the blue to match my living room wall because it knew it would tie it all together like a beautiful package when I hung that portrait in my entry way. Can you find the splash of blue I added?


  2. Start by looking in your closet. You bought those clothes in the first place because you like them. The clothes in your closet represent who you are, what you have done, and memories you have made. Use layers to add a little different look to each photography set as well. You will be amazed at what adding or taking off a scarf will do.
  3. Coordinate, but don't worry about being too Matchy, Matchy! I think it is often wise to pick maybe 2-3 colors, and weave those colors through all your outfits. This can get a lot of fun with a large family(remember those layers really come in handy for this). Some may even want to choose a certain style instead. Urban, country, vintage, or classy are great ways to set up an overall mood for your session, and don't forget to communicate this to me(your photographer) during the planning of your session so we can take this into consideration when choosing your location for the session.


  4. Be You and Be comfortable. You don't want to clothes to be too big or too small. Just like in Goldielocks and the Three Bears, it needs to be JUST RIGHT. :) You want to be comfortable enough to move around, sit on the ground, or to wrap your arms around someone during the portraits. This will help provide a lot more variety during your session, and if you aren't worried about the "what if's," then your smile will be more genuine....and that will make every portrait prettier!
  5. And Finally, take the season in consideration.  For Spring: blues, pinks, yellows work great!  In Summer: red, Teal, and bright colors really pop! During Fall, burnt orange and navy blue look really classy, and for Winter rich colors, like royal blue or dark red or purple are great colors to get you started.
    The goal here is to contrast from your background so you can easily standout from your background. Wearing green in a grassy field in the middle of summer might not work as well as wearing a bright blue color.

family_portraits_memphis_tn_photographymaternity_portraits_memphis_tn_photography Well that's a wrap!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

I would LOVE to be your photographer!! Contact me today!

Did you like this post? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know below about your favorite colors to wear in Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter!

If you liked this post, I think you would love this post that tells you how to get FREE stuff at Calli Smith Photography!

Got questions? Want to book me for your session now?? CONTACT ME HERE or click that little gray box on the right bottom of the page to contact me or book your session now! Or check out my lifestyle work HERE!


I look forward to working with you in the future!! 


Many blessings, 


Calli Smith Photography is located in Memphis, Tennessee, but we love to travel. Let us know if we can serve you by contacting me at





Claire Brighten Photography(non-registered)
This is a great post, Calli! Thank you for all of the tips. I always find it hard to tell my clients what to wear -- and we know they all ask!
Kasey Wallace(non-registered)
Great tips! I like that you went into detail about each tip and provided images that correlated. :)
GREAT post! Can I send all of my clients here!?!? ;-)
Great tips!
No comments posted.



Hi!! I'm Calli!

This is my family

(They are pretty AWESOME!)

Photo credit: Abbey Tanner Photo credit: Abbey Tanner

Thanks for coming to visit my blog!

I am a professional portrait and wedding

photographer and


Stay connect by signing up for my monthly e-mail!

Press the SUBSCRIBE button on the left of your screen!



I hope you enjoy the view! Leave me a comment in my and let me know what you think!!

Click below to view my website! Wedding, portrait, children, baby, senior, business, professional



So you know...

This blog was created to introduce other entrepreneurs like me in the Memphis area, show off all the beautiful products I offer in my photography studio, and be the hub to display my growth as a photographer.


I  don't like to stay where I am...I like to dig deeper, challenge myself, and grow stronger! Change is a good thing and I like to embrace it with open arms!


It would be an


to be YOUR photographer!



Read all of our Photography Reviews at Wwlogo 83x19


January February March April May June July (1) August (1) September (2) October (3) November (1) December
January (2) February March April (1) May June July August (1) September October November December
January February March (3) April (1) May (1) June (3) July (4) August (1) September October November December
January February March April May June (2) July August September October November December
January February March (2) April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December