May 23, 2024
What Should I Wear to a Friend's Photoshoot

What Should I Wear to a Friend’s Photoshoot?

Your friend’s a photographer and asked you to pose for them. You agreed, but do they know you’re clueless about what to wear? Nevertheless, if you wish to dress your best and are in full internet mode, worry no more because you have arrived at the perfect guide.

Everything from what to wear to poses for a friend’s photoshoot, we have it all in this article, your one-stop-shop solution!

It is important to dress well for a friend’s photoshoot cause they’ve asked you to pose with many expectations, and they have a lot riding on this. This shoot may be for a school project or their social media page, or it can also be for them to showcase their photography skills by compiling a collection of carefully picked shots, and trust us, you’d want to be on that!

So let’s go to your wardrobe and let’s dress!

Concept and Location of The Shoot

Concept and Location of The Shoot

The overall theme of the shoot will influence your choice of outfit greatly cause the color palette of the backdrop, which is pre-decided, should be in sync with the colors of your outfit; a little bit of contrast and complimenting colors do help a lot in this regard, but generally, the overall theme is followed when it comes to the color of the model’s clothes.

A good discussion about the overall theme and shoot location with the photographer can help a lot in this regard; you will have a better understanding and will be able to pick something to wear that is comfortable for both you and the photographer.

For example, a ‘go green’ or ‘nature’ centered theme would call for more wild colors like green, brown, blue, and probably white as well, and don’t shy away from dawning a yellow-colored dress for this; it looks great on a green/brown backdrop theme.

Your Comfort

Your Comfort

If you’re comfortable with the outfit you picked, you’ll be more confident throughout the shoot. It is easier to move around, try out various poses, and experiment with different angles; moving around will not be one of your troubles. Also, the level of confidence of the model is seen very clearly in the results after a photo session, so make sure your outfit is comfortable.

We’d recommend avoiding baggy clothes, but if your photographer is okay with or specifically needs a baggy-clothed model, you should go for it for added comfort; this will boost your confidence while maintaining a psychological sync with the photographer.

One more thing: this is a photo shoot, and it’s you who is being captured, not just the background, so make sure your style, your attitude, and certain parts of your persona are well depicted through your choice of outfit. It creates a sense of a ‘subject-centric’ vibe in the overall shoot and will make the results much more desirable.

What to Choose: Solids/Stripes or Geometric/Polka-Dots?

What to Choose SolidsStripes or GeometricPolka-Dots

Yes, we know it can be somewhat confusing as to what should be the pattern of your clothes. The general rule is to ensure it’s not too imposing or dominating the entire outfit. Suppose the patterns or logos on your outfit are attracting too much attention. In that case, it can surely be problematic for the photo shoot, as it will interfere with the narrative the photographer is trying to set and can greatly tamper with the results, rendering them useless in many cases.

So, lots of logos and patterns? Avoid.

The Crew and You

The Crew and You

You forget this: there’s an entire crew at your disposal, that is, if your photographer buddy is a professional, so you can ask around and get an idea of what is usually worn by models posing for various themes and what goes best with what.

These people have seen so many shoots; they’re practically fashion designers at this point. They’ll be able to guide you with the type, color, fit, and feel of the outfit that will look best with the overall theme planned for the photoshoot.

It’s a two-way communication; you’ll tell them what you have in mind, and they’ll advise you according to their experience. Maybe you both come to a middle point, which is better than if either party had decided on their own.

Additional Points to Keep in Mind

Additional Points to Keep in Mind

Here are some additional key factors to keep in mind:

  1. Keep the overall color palette as objective.
  2. The weather and climate of the location also affect your outfit choice.
  3. The choice to go with contrasting or matching colors with the backdrop is entirely the photographer’s decision.
  4. Be bold, but don’t let it make you over-confident.
  5. Be on the same page with your photographer.


So far, the points we discussed are absolutely what you have to keep in mind while deciding your outfit for the shoot. The parameters we outlined in the article, such as colors, concept, location, comfort, confidence, texture, logos, patterns, input from the crew, and some additional points to consider, will help greatly in arriving at a decision.

Be that as it may, you can always carry a bunch of your selected outfits to the shoot location and change on the spot as per any instructions from your photographer; it is always better to be prepared than sorry.

Most importantly, enjoy the process of getting clicked; the more you enjoy it, the more chances there are that the results will turn out to be great and desirable. There can be a lot of planning involved, but you always have some wiggle room for errors.

So enjoy it, and Happy Clicking!

Emma Garcia

Emma Garcia's journey in portrait photography began with her Fine Arts degree. Her expertise in portrait photography and posing techniques has had a tremendous effect in every workshop. Her previous roles include teaching photography workshops and working as a lead photographer for a renowned studio. Her articles on posing and portrait techniques are informed by her extensive experience and artistic background. Apart from work, she is a great yoga enthusiast, influencing her approach to creative and dynamic posing guides.

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