Don't worry, you will be fine take a deep breath and read this article you're going to be fine. One of the most frequently asked questions I am faced with as a photographer is what do I wear to a session. I truly think there should be a book written on this subject but then again there is no one correct answer when it comes to your own style or preference.With that being said, I like to encourage my clients to try and be yourself and dress in your own comfort zone but take some of this advice into consideration
Here are a few suggestions I use when faced with this question.
When in doubt, casual works best. Jeans and a solid or simple-patterned top work well. Crazy patterns are distracting and draw the eye away from the most important part- your faces! Darker colors are often better; not only are darks slimming, but clothing that is too-light in color on some skin tones will tend to wash out the overall color. Neutrals/earth tones like browns, greens, and blues are nice. Be sure to complement the other people in the photo- don’t dress exactly alike, wear colors that go well together or different shades of the same color. Layering is a good idea, not only does it look nice for photos but you can take off the top layer for a new look without changing much.
Be conscious of your body, hide what you don’t like and accentuate your assets! If you hate your arms, wear long sleeves. Don’t wear tops that show tan lines or bra straps (consider the double sided fashion tape if this is an issue). Articles of clothing that are too small or “don’t hang right” won’t look better in photos that it looks in the mirror. Dress to impress from head to toe- I always do some full length shots, so make sure the shoes match the outfit!
If you wear transition lenses and are doing outdoor portraits, see about having the lenses taken out for the day of your shoot.
Regarding make-up, don’t be afraid to go a little heavy on the foundation and concealer (be sure it’s the right tone, and blend well at the jawbone to the neck area). Wear facial powder, and be sure to bring the compact for any touch ups, especially in the summer months. Avoid too much dark on the eyes, neutral/earth tones work well here too.
Be sure your nails are well manicured- especially for engagement sessions- we will be doing a few shots to showcase the ring! They don’t have to be painted, but make sure the nails are all even lengths with no hangnails. Dark nail polish shows up very dark in B&W portraits, so a medium shade or french manicure is better if you prefer them colored.
Accessories are always fun and can make a difference in the images. Be wary of huge earrings or necklaces that constantly need to be repositioned. Clean your jewelry if needed (especially for engagement sessions). Feel free to bring any “props” that echo your personalities (for example: a football, sunglasses, guitar, etc.)
Things that are handy to bring along to a photo session. A comb or brush and hair-spray if you use it. A light face powder to reduce any shine on your face that may build up during your shoot. For gents (or women who prefer not to wear much or any makeup), bring a lip balm. Dry lips don't show well in photos and so a non-shiny, non-waxy, none colored lip balm is essential. Avoid chap sticks, as they tend to leave a white residue. If you normally wear makeup, bring it with you but avoid high gloss lipsticks or very shiny lip gloss. Often they look too unnatural and reflect too much light in photos.
If your child wears his Superman cape everyday, maybe you should let him wear it in a few pictures. Why not? You want pictures that capture that your little man really is, right? Besides, he may be much more willing to take other non-cape pictures afterwards. Props can be great addition, too, so consider bringing your child's favorite book, stuffed animal or toy.