Whakatane photographer, new zealand wedding photographer, Bay of Plenty photographer, Family portrait photographer

There are no rules when it comes to what to wear for a photoshoot, however I do have some tips to make your photos beautiful and timeless. A photo shoot should be relaxed and enjoyable. Wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable will help you look relaxed in the photos.

What to think about when choosing your outfit.

Contrast is your friend. Make sure you set yourself apart from your background by wearing colours you know won’t blend in. For example, if you are having photos taken in a garden setting, you would avoid wearing greens/browns. The background should always be taken into consideration when choosing outfits for a portrait.

What should I avoid wearing?

The one thing you really should avoid wearing is any clothing with large logos or motifs/characters. These graphics, particularly logos can really weaken the focal point (your beautiful face!). The eye is drawn to what stands out, and in this case logos.

What colours to choose?!

For group and family photos it’s better to wear outfits that don’t match, but go together. Choosing a similar colour palette looks tidy. Keeping a group in similar colours focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait.



Be you

Be comfortable with who you are and embrace it. Make sure you wear what makes you feel like a special version of you - not someone else. Being comfortable is SO important.

Don't sweat the small stuff

Sometimes everything doesn't go exactly as planned (sometimes it's better) embrace it and allow time for things to happen naturally - these are the moments you will treasure. It's important to note that if you are bringing your young children to a family session to make sure they are well fed, warm, and are not waking up in the car as they arrive for the session.


I have a bunch of cool spots for photo sessions. Whether it be the beach, bush, or somewhere with a view. If you have a location in mind I'd love to be there. If you're happy to trust my spots, then let's talk!

Andrea x