Wardrobe Tips for Your Portrait Session | English Speaking Portrait Photographer in Paris, Katie Donnelly Photography

Hooray! You’ve booked a portrait session to commemorate a special milestone, vacation, or just to capture some gorgeous memories of you and your loved ones. Now here’s the part many people freak out about — what do we wear?! I am always happy to help families with suggestions on what they might want to put on for their session, but these tips will also help guide you in the right direction.



No, we are not saying to wear matching patterns and exactly the same shades of red. Think about what colors go well together and coordinate bits of those colors into your outfits — denim-blue and cream go well with soft brown and maroon. Black mixed in with grays, whites and reds are a beautiful Fall color pallet. For couple’s portraits or family sessions, try to carry similar or complimentary colors through each person’s clothing for a cohesive look. 


Match the Season

If our session is among the cherry blossoms in Paris, dress for spring! For sessions later in the year, fall and winter colors and cozier clothing is best. Plus, you’ll keep from freezing or sweating like crazy if you’re dressed appropriately for the weather!


Keep it simple

Classic patterns that don’t confuse the eye are great for portrait sessions, as are softer color-combos that aren’t too harsh. Your portrait session is not the time for giant logos, super thin stripes, or shapes that may come off a little strange at certain angles. Accessories are great, but don’t over-do it. Plus, you want to stand out in your portraits, not your wardrobe!


Be You

If you’re a girly-girl, go for that dress and heels! More of a jeans-and-t-shirt guy? Rock that look! Plus, if you’re a little jittery, wearing something you’re comfortable in will help you relax in front of the camera and really let YOU shine. 


Meaningful Accessories

If you have a pair of earrings from your grandmother, or a watch passed down from your father, this is a great opportunity to include a small piece of them in the portraits. And, share the story with us so that we can work that into the photos that we take, too!


Feel Your Best

Wear what you know you love and what you’re confident in. That confidence will shine through in your smile, your eyes, and your body language in all of the portraits! Clothes that fit well and flatter will help us create the session of your dreams, and memories you’ll cherish for years to come!

Now that you have these tips, it’s time to start planning your outfits! I can’t wait to see how amazing you look!


Katie & the KDP Team