Perk up your imagination. You’ve just confirmed your flight to the city of your dreams and are finally en route to Paris. After researching neighborhoods and finding the perfect accommodation, you’ve meticulously planned your itinerary with the help of forums, blogs, and guidebooks. You’ve even taken the wise step of hiring me, a Paris-based photographer, to capture the magic of your bucket list trip. BUT, just two days before your departure, you wake up in the middle of the night, sweating profusely, realizing that you have absolutely no idea what to wear for your Paris photoshoot. Don’t fret! I’ve got you covered with my top dos and don’ts, along with a couple of extra tips, on how to dress for a photoshoot in the City of Lights.
Do: Dress to impress! A photoshoot in Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t squander it by wearing any old, crumpled outfit from your carry-on bag. Paris is a city where people take pride in their appearance and dressing up is the norm. Men in suits or formal business attire always exude a polished look.
Do: Feel free to wear high heels if you desire, but remember to bring comfortable flat walking shoes to wear between locations. This will allow us to move swiftly while ensuring your feet stay comfortable.
Don’t: Steer clear of bold and distracting patterns as they can divert attention away from the true star of the photoshoot: you!
Do: Consider trying a bold color! Personally, I adore women in red. The vibrant hue beautifully pops against the stunning backdrop of Paris. However, if you have a different bold color preference, go ahead and embrace it.
Do: Coordinate outfits when planning a group photoshoot. Opt for a cohesive and classy look by selecting outfits in a similar color palette.
Do: Wear something that makes you feel amazing. The most important aspect of any photoshoot is that you feel confident and comfortable. If your clothes make you uncomfortable, it will show in the photos. Instead, choose garments that make you feel absolutely gorgeous!
Don’t: Bring purses, bags, or suitcases along on the photoshoot. While I can hold wallets and phones in my camera bag, it becomes challenging to carry your additional bags and capture stunning photos simultaneously.
Do: Generally, leave your valuables behind. As with any major city, it’s not always wise to trust the people on the streets. Your belongings are safer left at your hotel, Airbnb, or other accommodation.
Do: Plan ahead for your hair and makeup. While your outfit is important, you’ll also want to look your best. If you desire an extra touch of glamour, I collaborate with a fantastic makeup artist, who can come to your hotel before the photoshoot to do your hair and makeup.
Do: Stay true to yourself and have fun! Let your personality shine through your clothing choices. Feel free to wear fun costume jewelry or cute accessories like scarves or berets, as long as they align with your personal style and vibe.
Preparing for your Paris photoshoot includes choosing the right outfits that will make you feel confident, stylish, and in tune with the city’s aesthetic. By following these dos and don’ts, along with the extra tips provided, you’ll be well-prepared to create stunning photographs that capture the essence of your Parisian experience. Remember to embrace your individuality, let your personality shine through, and above all, have a fantastic time!