7 Top Tips for Deciding What to Wear for a Photoshoot

So how to Decide What to Wear to Your Photoshoot?!

Here are some top tips for getting the most out of your professional photography session.

If you are prepping for your first photoshoot you probably have a couple questions about what to expect. A common concern for people having their photos taken for the first time is what to wear.

  1. What is the purpose of the photoshoot? This should be your first thought when deciding what to wear. Choose an appropriate outfit for the occasion and something that suits your personality.

  2. Keep the location & season in mind. Where is the photoshoot taking place? Choose an outfit that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. For example, if you’re on a beach, those new high heels might not be the most logical choice and you might end up looking a bit out of place.

  3. Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to wear patterns or prints for your photoshoot but keep them to a minimum and try to pair them with solid colors. If you’re having a family photoshoot for example, have two family members in printed items and two in solid colors. Play with different colors to match the mood and setting of the shoot.

  4. Make your photos timeless. You might love that trendy top or pair of pants now but will your photos stand the test of time if you wear that item of clothing?

  5. What to do about makeup. This would depend on the type of photos you are taking. Fashion shoots will call for more dramatic makeup but for your everyday maternity, family or portrait shoots, keep your makeup natural and to a minimum.

  6. Fit is more important that you think. If you already have an outfit in mind for your shoot, try it on before the time to make sure that it fits correctly and compliments your body type.

  7. Try not to go brand crazy. Wearing too much clothing with prominent brand names just makes you look like a walking ad. Clothing with large graphics on it also doesn’t work well as it will end up being the focus of your photos.

Remember to have fun on your photoshoot, be yourself and don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for guidance. IF you would like to see some of my inspiration, feel free to check out some of my mood boards on pinterest :) https://www.pinterest.com/vaniaelise/

The Art of Curating your Photography Portfolio

Curating your work can mean the difference in having a mind blowing portfolio vs. an average portfolio. I believe that the most important job we have as photographers is to tell a story and to be able to use our eye to identify what it is about a photo or photo series that we like, feel and want to share with others. Identifying what speaks to you as an artist and knowing what you would like to say, is the first step in the curation process.

Let me use instagram as an example. We have all seen those instagram profiles that literally wow us and make us want to dive right in to their little instagram portal and live the life that they have taken the time to carefully curate or create the kind of images that make us feel that rush of inspiration. Or, we get down on ourselves about thinking that we cannot possibly create something so captivating... which is THE worst and simply not true. You need to pep up because the secret is in the process of WHAT images you CHOOSE to show your audience. Chances are, you have some gems that tell a beautifully curated story already sitting on your computer. You just have not taken the time to be able to see the whole story yet, or have noticed a reoccurring theme in the work that you create. After taking the time to go through your images. "Ask yourself, "what is it that I want and need to share with the world?" Sometimes the answer is in the images you have created already. Sometimes the answer is in new images that you need to go out and create. This is a also a great first step to following your authenticity as a photographer.

Either way, know that you are not alone in this confusing efforts to create a captivating portfolio. I help artists with this struggle all the time. If you would like to get personalized help with this, check out my consulting services page

Below are a couple of different examples of curated portfolios. There is a underlying tone & mood set for both sets of galleries. They are also divided into different categories. They are all lifestyle, however, one is geared towards fashion and the other family portrait and wedding. You could possibly blend these two together if you choose your image pairing wisely :)


Fashion Lifestyle 


Lifestyle Portrait

Creating from the Soul

To me, personal work is EVERYTHING. If I didn't have time or the guts, (because it takes a lot to put yourself out there and to get down with your weird self) to create what I feel as an artist, I would probably not even bother with photography. Because I have always used my work as a form of expression, it's very important to keep creating from the soul. I love when I can take an idea and run with it. Twisting, molding and manipulating, is all the juice of the process! Creation in it's truest form. 

Inspiration is everywhere! I get my ideas from moods, dreams, philosophy, science and music. Give yourself permission to create freely and as wildly as you like <3 What makes your heart race, your blood flow and energy move with inspiration? 

Questions, comments concerns? Post below!