“what to wear” guide
Now that the trend of everyone wearing perfectly matching outfits is behind us (can we get an “Amen”?) clients are often left wondering just how to put a coordinated, balanced look together for their family - especially since the clothes that look great in person, are not always the clothes that photograph well. There are some special tricks to putting a cohesive look together for a photoshoot, and I'm here to offer some help for those of you who may want it:
casual, cute and coordinated
Most of my shoots are out in nature, on local trails, parks or lagoons. Rich, warm tones complement these scenic locations nicely, as do neutrals. You'll want to coordinate colors: you and one child could have the same colored shirt, for example, but with different color bottoms. Your partner and other child's color combinations should complement, but not match, yours. It's also fun to play around with different shades of the same color, as long as the overall tone (warm vs cool) is the same.
You will want to avoid anything too formal, just a nice cotton or jersey dress, or jeans with a cute top works well. For men, swap out the dress slacks for denim or twill. Patterns can be tricky so unless you're a pro at pairing them...have one family member at most in a pattern, and let it be a subdued one. You don't want a loud pattern stealing focus from your pretty faces. Oh, and avoid white because it glows in photos (cream is ok and it will look white in photos).
Texture and layers are awesome! Add a chunky knit sweater or buttoned cardigan, or a cute fur vest on a little girl. Or my personal favorite - suspenders on little boys, swoon! A thin scarf adds interest as does a great hat. But be careful not to over accessorize - one or two total in the family. And don't forget about shoes! For him: comfortable semi-dress shoes or cute sneakers or loafers (please no running shoes - ahem, dear husband of mine). Boots, flats or wedges work well for her (high heels are a little trickier).
And lastly, hair. We women love to leave our hair loose and flowing, but during your session it can often get in your face and if you have a hair running across your eyes or lips it will be hard to edit out. So for little girls especially, I recommend clipping hair out of the face with barrettes or bobby pins. Little kids tend to be a lot more active during the shoot and if their hair is loose it will definitely be getting in their face and causing distractions for all of us as we pause to brush it away.
vying for visuals
Here is the link to my pinterest board where I’ve gathered the best visual examples I could find. (why reinvent the wheel, right?)
my one and only "rule"
Don't stress about it! Wear something you and your family feel comfortable enough to just be yourselves in...
That will make for the best photos.