One of the most common questions I get for every photo session is: What should we wear? I am certainly not a fashionista by trade, but I know what looks good and have spent some time researching ways to help you figure out what to wear on the day of your shoot with me. I also am a fan of working with what you have, and not making you run out and buy all new coordinating outfits (although, if it’s in your budget and you need an excuse, blame the shopping spree on me!)
Here are the most helpful tips I have found:
1) Start by choosing one person’s outfit first:
If you are planning a family portrait session, choose an outfit for the most difficult person to dress (the one with the least amount of clothes or the hardest one to pick an outfit for). In my family– I’d be this person.
2) Next plan the remaining outfits for the group around this first outfit:
Find a common theme throughout the first outfit and extend it through the remaining outfits. Say you have chosen a basic Purple dress as your foundation outfit. The best move would be to find ways to put purple accents in the remaining outfits, whether it be shoes, hair accessories, striped shirts, skirts or tights. You can also add to this theme by finding complimentary colors like yellow, grey or pink or blue. Try keeping the outfits all in a similar pallet.
3) Don’t worry about matching everyone exactly. Just try to plan your outfits around a similar theme that blends well together. By not matching exactly, your photograph will have more depth and character.
4) Embrace your personality and style and find a way to coordinate amongst the family. Also plan for the weather and if necessary, dress in layers to ensure that you aren’t too cold or too hot during your session.
5) Remember to think about your hands and feet. I love photographing the family’s shoes and close details of the hands to add new perspective to portraits. Don’t forget to pay attention to these details as well when preparing for your shoot.
6) Most importantly: Be comfortable- if you aren’t comfortable, it will show in your photographs. If your little one hates to wear dresses and you put her in a dress, she will make sure to show you her distaste throughout the photo session. Try not to wear clothing that is stiff, itchy, or constraining. This will allow you to move freely and comfortably during your session.
Finally- feel free to send me a picture of your outfits before hand. I’d love to help you out along the way. You can email me the ideas or even send me a picture message via text to my phone. Bottom line, I want you to feel comfortable and have a fantastic experience. I will do everything I can to help make this happen! Can’t wait to see your looks!