What to Wear

September 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

I have put together a few tips I have learned along the way on what to wear for your session!

 

  1. The most important, wear what is comfortable for you and your family, and also for the type of session you want--urban, desert, grassy park, etc! I love to get down and dirty when doing pictures, so rolling around in the grass or dirt is always an option--especially for kiddos! Think of your session more as a play date than a formal occasion. ;)
     
  2. Along with comfort, wear what makes you feel good about you! If mom can't find a dress that makes her feel amazing, it will show, so maybe rock your skinny jeans instead! Same with shoes. Don't wear what you're not comfortable in--heels, sandals, wedges, soft boots, flats, tennis shoes, all ok! Stripes and plaid together are also not a problem!
     
  3. To get started, decide which family member has your favorite outfit--maybe your youngest daughter has the most beautiful dress you KNOW you want her to wear. Then, choose outfits for everyone else that coordinate with that dress. For example, if it is pink with yellow and white polka-dots, maybe mom can wear something with pink in it, dad has a splash of yellow, etc. The colors will come together in the photograph and everyone will maintain their individuality. If it's about baby, let him/her stand out with some extra color, totally ok!
     
  4. Avoid anything with graphics, characters, large logos and labels. They can be distracting, dating and take away from the subject. Let's keep the images looking timeless and clean!
     
  5. Also avoid completely matching outfits and sets--everyone in a green shirt and jeans, for example. We want each personality to shine and stand-out, so even if you want the same design, change the colors up--I love Tony Hawk's clothing for my boys, but chose different colors for the older two that also went along with their skater shoes! We know you're in the same family, you're in the same picture together! Try coordinating a few colors together with a pop of another to pull it all in as well!
     
  6. Steer clear of fluorescent colors, as they tend to create color casts on skin and hair. Pastels and versions of primary colors are great options. After all, YOU are the subject, not your clothes.
     
  7. Be mindful of the scenery your session will take place in--if we are shooting in a desert landscape, don't wear a lot of khaki and browns, likewise in the parks or forests, not too much green. Again, YOU want to stand out, not blend in. Those colors as accents are great, but not as a whole outfit!
     
  8. Layers are a great way to add depth and character to your images. Layers don't just mean button up shirts and sweaters. Think accessories, like cute belts, hats, scarves, and jewelry--from necklaces, bracelets to hair decorations!
     
  9. Choose something that fits well, for you and your kiddos! Don't wear something so small/tight it is pushing all of your bits out. Likewise, don't be drowned in huge pants or tops.
     
  10. Dress for the weather and be flexible. If you have an awesome dress your daughter was going to wear with sandals and it gets too windy or cold, try some tall warm boots, leggings, scarf, cardigan and/or hat to bring to layer it on. If your child is too hot/cold, they will get grumpy and it will show! Blankets also make great accessories AND warm those kiddos up!

An example of when my middle boy (in my arms) got way too cold--he started crying and the shoot was over almost as soon as it began!


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