What to Wear - Bianca Nysschen Photography & Design

Clothing and Accessories

Try to avoid patterns, they distract from the main subject…....you! Given the choice between a patterned shirt and a plain one, I would recommend the plain one. In general, simpler is better. When coordinating pants and shirts or skirts and shirts, try to pick colours and fabrics that contrast, particularly with dark colours. If you wear all dark colours of the same material, it will be hard to distinguish any details in the picture, making it boring.

Generally, darker colours will slim you down. Bright colours can be tricky, especially if you are light-skinned. Try to avoid colours that clash with your natural skin tone. If your cheeks are always rosy coloured, try to avoid reds. If you have blond hair – avoid the yellows. If you need help finding palette inspiration check out design-seeds.comYou can always bring a few sets of clothes to a photo shoot and we can mix and match on the spot. Don’t forget to coordinate your nail colours with the style and colour of clothes that you will be wearing.

Blemishes and Scars

Do not cancel your appointment because of a small blemish. My retouching can take care of them for you. If you have a scar or something you would like removed, just let me know, I am more than happy to work with you on that.

Stuff for Kids and Pets

When I'm taking photos of kids or doing a family shoot with a pet, it can be really difficult to get everyone to play along. This can, unfortunately, lead to me sorting through hundreds of shots of distracted subjects. If you are coming to a shoot with kids, pets or both, be sure to pack some favourite squeaky toys and noise makers to easily capture their attention. Squeaking away behind the camera might make you feel more like a clown at a kids party, but it pays off in end results. 

Finally, consider bringing along some bubbles. Not only are they a cheap way to keep children (and occasionally pets!) happily occupied, they can also provide some excellent photo material.


Keep location in mind, If we are going to the beach then heels are probably not the best choice. Likewise, flip-flops are not wise if we’ll be traipsing through tall grass. Those are practical choices that are sometimes forgotten when we are deciding which shoes look best with our outfit at home. On a similar note, wearing beige to the beach or green to a forested location might also be unwise. Please check with me if you are unsure!

Some Do’s and Don'ts…

~ Do pick clothes that you are comfortable in.

~ Do try on ALL the clothes before coming to a photo shoot. Nothing like finding out something doesn't fit at the shoot.

~ Do remember to coordinate your nail colour (both hands and toes if you will be wearing open toe shoes or if you will be barefoot). 

~ Do remember that you want contrast.

~ Do have a bright light on when picking out clothes for the photo shoot.

~ Don’t worry about bringing too many clothes, as long as you bring a variety.

~ Don’t worry if you don’t like something, you can always go to the next wardrobe.

~ Don’t forget to put a fresh coat on your nails, any chips WILL show in the pictures

~ Don’t bring clothes with busy patterns on them.

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