What to wear for your photoshoot

It's a very common question that we get at the Gold Coast Photography Studio so here are some guidelines.

First of all, think of what style you're going for, and what realistically suits you the best. Whatever you choose, make it a distinct style and colour palette. For a shoot with a number of outfits, why not have a couple of safe options and a couple that are a bit more out there? It's a great idea to dress up in your outfit to check it out, and send an image to GCPhoto (an iPhone shot is fine) and then you can get some feedback before the shoot.

Below is a general guide for shoots - but if you're looking for a different look and want to tear up the rulebook, go for it!

What to wear to your photoshoot
• Think in terms of outfit rather than individual pieces.
• Coordinate colours - don't match them.
• Bring alternatives so the outfit can be mixed and matched.
• Stick to solid colours and subtle patterns.
• As a general rule, the younger you are, the brighter the colours you can get away with.
• Layers and textures can give depth to a shot – an open shirt over a top with a couple of necklaces for example.
• Jewellery can look good but avoid anything too fussy.
• Don't forget shoes! Preferably, each outfit needs a different pair of shoes.
• Props and accessories - a prop can look great and something to hold can make your hands look much more natural. A handbag, a hat, or sunglasses for that beach look. Or bring something personal and interesting.
• Plan all your hairstyles in advance - it may be impractical to change your hair too dramatically on the day, so work out in what order to do your hair.
• For the guys – work out what your facial hair is going to be doing in the shoot in advance. Clean-shaven, 5 o'clock shadow, stubble or a beard - all can look great but anything 'inbetweeny' looks awful. Whatever you choose - make sure you really go for it.
• Don't forget your nails (yes, guys too) - make sure they're clean and trimmed, and painted perfectly to match your outfit(s).

Things to avoid during a photoshoot
• Anything you'll be uncomfortable in.
• Avoid clothes with bold logos.
• Avoid stripes and dots. Despite what you've heard, they won't do you any favours.
• Anything that's prone to being crumpled (unless crumpled is your signature style).
• Tan lines – make sure your outfit doesn't expose an unwanted tan line, particularly men with tan lines across the arms.
• Avoid bright reds, yellows and oranges – they stand out too much and also reflect unwanted colour onto the skin.
• Short sleeves can look awkward - better to have something that exposes the shoulder or ends at the elbow.
• Tight clothes can look great – but be realistic. Too tight looks dreadful.
• Tight clothes before the shoot – tight-fitting clothes can leave marks on the skin for hours.
• Avoid overly glossy make-up – it can be too reflective.
• Mini-skirts. Unless you have absolutely stunning legs, just don't. Trust me.
• Excessive alcohol the night before the shoot. • Big or bloaty meals before the shoot.

Things to bring bring to your photoshoot
• A comb, brush and any other hair accessories you need.
• Make up and make-up remover.
• Spare stockings and tights.
• Lip balm (not a chapstick) to make your lips shiny – this includes the guys. • A robe to keep warm between shots.
• Music! You might not like mine, so bring a phone or ipod with your photoshoot playlist already loaded.