• Anel van Dyk

How to prevent a wardrobe malfunction during your Photoshoot

You have booked your shoot and is ready for the big day and understandably you are nervous about what to wear. These photos will last forever so your wardrobe can't have a malfunction at a time as crucial as this. But you are in good hands!


First thing's first, pick a location. Once you know where you are having the shoot the outfit for the day will be easier to pick.


Decide on a theme. The theme probably makes the biggest contribution to your outfit and will set the mood of the photos. Are you doing a lifestyle shoot at your home where the entire family is baking cupcakes in their pyjamas? Or do you want something more structured like a day at the park or your back yard? Or are you going with something more specific like a Sailors Theme?


The days of wearing white shirts and a blue jean to a photoshoot are far gone. Somewhere a photographer dies a little every time that happens. It is your photographers' duty to guide you in your clothing choices for the day of the shoot to ensure that 'wardrobe malfunctions' don't happen.

Decide on a colour pallet that will provide a wider range of colours to choose from rather than specific colours to wear during your shoot. Colour pallets such as earth tones, pastels, warm or cool pallets all include a wide variety of colours to choose from which will ensure that your family looks co-ordinated and not matchy-matchy.

As a general rule, lighter colours and solid colours photograph better than bright colour and busy patterns.


Here are a few rules to keep in mind. Actually, it's not so much of a rule but more a general guideline. Visually, red carries the most weight, so when you take a photo the red item will stand out like a sore thumb. If that is your aim, go for it! Red works really well when it is used as an accessory such as shoes, or a hairpiece.

You also want to stay away from fine stripes, these photograph funny. Broader stripes on the other hand work just fine.

Patterns: just no. Well, almost just no. If one person wears a patterned shirt it's fine but if several people wear it the photos look very busy and you don't know where to focus.

Pastels and light colours always photograph well and are a safe option to go for but don't let that deter you from wearing darker colours.

Group photos

Co-ordinate your photos but avoid matchy-matchy outfits, you want to look like a family, not a commercial. Pick colours that work well together and doesn't compete for attention. If you are a large group then one or two people may wear patterns, but the bigger the variety of patterns the busier the photos will look so keep that in mind.

It's easy to pick outfits for each person if you stick to a colour pallet, for example, earth tones or pastels.

If you are unsure if your chosen outfits will work on the day, send a photo of each outfit to your photographer, or ask them during your consultation for their valued input.