Local Lens Style Guide: What to Wear for Your Vacation Photoshoot

If you’ve booked a photo shoot with us and are pondering over what to wear, fret not! We’ve curated some expert advice to help you pick outfits that not only make you look fantastic but also feel fantastic. Let’s capture some timeless memories together!

Captured by Dinorah in San Miguel de Allende
Captured by Andrea in Sedona
Captured by Dimos in Santorini

The Golden Rule:

Select outfits that truly make you FEEL GREAT! If you’re not genuinely enjoying your attire, it will be evident in the photos. Conversely, if you adore what you’re wearing and feel incredibly self-assured, that will shine through as well. You know yourself better than anyone, so whether you opt for your favorite pair of jeans for a relaxed, natural look, go all-in with a sophisticated black-tie wardrobe, or settle on something in between, the choice is yours. No matter what you decide, the photos will remain exceptional. There’s no need to succumb to pressure and wear something that doesn’t make you comfortable because, in two decades, it’s you who will be reminiscing about these moments!

Captured by Vital in NYC
Captured by Andrea in Lake Como

Tip #1: Options, Options, Options

If you have the space, consider bringing a couple of outfit options for your trip. What you thought was perfect initially might not feel right on the day of the shoot. Unexpected situations can arise during a trip, so having choices is always a good idea.

Captured by Coba in Cape Town
Captured by Consuelo in Amsterdam
Captured by Carolina in Lucerne

Tip #2: We love movement:

Local Lens photo shoots are all about exploring your travel destination comfortably. Opt for outfits that allow you to move freely and enjoy the experience. Consider the terrain and climate of your location when selecting your attire.

Captured by Kathir in Dubai

Tip #3: Little details, huge difference

Pay attention to details like fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily or show sweat stains. Choose breathable fabrics in hot climates and functional yet stylish outfits in cooler weather. The aim is to keep everyone comfortable and focused on enjoying the shoot. Accessories like scarves, hats, or statement jewelry can add visual interest to your photos. Just be sure not to overdo it – you want the accessories to complement, not overpower, the overall look.

Captured by Agnes in Dubai
Captured by Guppi in Bali

Tip #4: Coordinate, but avoid matchy-matchy

Choose a color palette that complements each other rather than wearing identical outfits. This creates a cohesive look without being overly matchy-matchy. An easy way to pick a color pallette is to pull in colors from the surrounding environment.

Captured by Kori-Ann in Kailua-Kona
Captured by Mimmo in Positano
Captured by Gary in Bahamas
Captured by Emily in Maui

Tip #5: Comfort is key

Choose shoes that are not only stylish but also practical for the terrain at your location. Consider comfort, especially if you’ll be navigating cobblestones, sand, or grass. Ensure everyone feels comfortable in their chosen outfits, especially if you’re exploring different locations. Avoid overly tight or restrictive clothing that could impact movement. If someone is not comfortable in their outfit, it will show!

Captured by Manar in Cairo

Tip #6: Things to avoid

The all white or all black myth: while white and black can be classic and timeless, wearing all white or all black can sometimes present challenges. All-white outfits may lead to overexposure in certain lighting conditions, losing details. All-black outfits, on the other hand, might result in underexposure, making it difficult to see details.

Stay clear of large logos. It is about you and you should be the focus! Lastly, no neon.

In the photo on the left you can see all black loses some details and the girls all blend together, but in the photo on the right the neutral khaki colors provide some variety and give more visual interest to the image. Both images are Parisian fashion!

Black can lose details and create too much contrast – Captured by Arnel in Paris
Neutral colors and various textures look great and expose nicely – Captured by Arnel in Paris

Tip #7: Think about hair & makeup:

Consider professional hair and makeup services for added confidence during the shoot. Feeling assured about your appearance contributes to a more relaxed atmosphere during your photo session, ultimately resulting in genuine and authentic photos. Avoid drastic changes, you still want to look like you! If you are doing an engagement or honeymoon shoot, ensure your nails are camera-ready if you’ll be showcasing your rings.

Captured by Pasquale in Tuscany

Tip #8: Timeless vs trendy

Opt for a timeless look that will stand the test of time. Avoid fashion choices that may seem regrettable in the future. Both of the images below are different takes of timeless clothing! One is casual items in colors that match the surroundings, and the other is a more dressed up tailored city look.

Captured by Silvia in Burano
Captured by Julia in New York City

Tip #9: Fit is Everything

Choose outfits that fit well and flatter your figure. Test your chosen outfit beforehand and consider tailoring for a perfect fit.

Captured by Bethina in Venice

During the Shoot

Don’t bring too much with you

Travel light and avoid carrying unnecessary items that may appear in the photos. Don’t rely on your photographer to carry all of your bags, shoes, and accessories.

Props can be great for special occassions and offer variety

If being in front of the camera makes you uneasy, utilizing a prop for interaction can be an ideal way to divert attention. Embrace creativity and bring along a small chalkboard sign and some chalk! For outdoor shoots, consider a blanket and a selection of books for a cozy reading corner or a miniature picnic. In urban settings, indulge in a treat from a nearby street vendor, be it a pretzel or an ice cream cone. Choosing a prop with significance to your relationship adds an extra personal touch! Props are particularly beneficial for younger children who may find it challenging to remain still.

Captured by Asim in Cappadocia
Captured by Amanda in Jackson Hole
Captured by Oussama in Marrakech
Captured by Luca in Lake Como

These are guidelines, don’t be afraid to break rules that don’t make sense to you!

Remember, these tips are suggestions, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to style. Feel free to get creative, and if you have any questions, our Local Lens shoot concierge team is always ready to help. Let’s create some unforgettable memories together!

Captured by Mimmo in Amalfi Coast

Enjoy your photoshoot!


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