What to Wear?
Dress for Success: What to Wear for your Photo Session
Rule #1: Match—but don’t be matchy/matchy
When shooting with more than one person, make sure your outfits complement one another’s. Choose a consistent color palette (which does not mean the same color). For example, if one of you is wearing a busy or bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids. However, be sure each carries one or more colors from the “bold” outfit for consistency.
Rule #2: Accessorize!
Just because you are wearing a solid, doesn't mean it has to be boring! Adding accessories such as scarves, hats, bows, jewelery all add a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also great ways to coordinate looks.
Rule #3: Try for Texture and Layers
Layers and textures and can add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with beautiful, simple detailing—embroidery, tweed, ribbons, etc. Layering is also a great way to add depth. Because we want to keep the session going, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes—pull off the sweater, slip on the vest and you’ve got a whole new look!
Rule #4: Dress Kids for Comfort & Movement
As i'm sure I don't have to tell you, kids don't stop! Naturally, they will be running, skipping, dancing and jumping around during photo sessions—they’re kids after all! To avoid unnecessary stress, let them be comfortable in the clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, fedoras, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so when the kids start getting wild, their clothes will look even better.
Rule #5: Be Timeless
My hope is, you will be loving on and cherishing these pictures for generations—don’t date yourself! Choose classic, timeless pieces, or even vintage apparel and accessories. Opt for the latest trends, and you may feel otherwise about that fabulous outfit in a few years (or even a few months) from now.
The general rule is to wear clothing that reflects your family’s style. I suggest coordinating clothes and colors and choosing a mix of a few tones that go together within a palette of colors, rather than using only one color. Although it may seem easier to dress everyone in matching clothes (such as white shirt and denim pants), adding complementary tones gives a much more pleasing and natural look. I am always available to assist you in finding the right style for your family. Feel free to send me pictures/thoughts and ideas!
Try staying away from extremely bold colors as well and clothing with large pictures, logos, and words. Make sure that the clothing is comfortable and easy to move in, especially for young children. If your child has something special that he or she wants to wear such as their favorite shoes or outfit, please feel free to bring it along. It is important that kids get the chance to be able to express themselves during a session and we can document that milestone in their lives.