Here are some tips on choosing your outfits for your session. Outfits seriously make the photos!!
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1. Matching is out. Coordinating is in. And anything goes nowadays! We know your family is together. We’re photographing you together! So, wearing the same colored shirt, pants, shoes, etc. looks a bit awkward. Coordinating color is what really brings wardrobe together. I usually choose two to three main colors of wardrobe, and maybe one accent pop of color. We want to see your personality through your wardrobe.
2. Steer clear of fluorescents. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. I recommend colors like yellow or mustard, red or maroon, and blue or navy.
3. Start with one outfit that you really like. From there, build from it for everyone else. In the picture below she started with the maxi dress and built off that outfit. Maxi dresses are perfect for all women/girls.
4. Dress for the location! Just like dressing for the weather is important, so is dressing for the location. If your out in a grassy field dressing up too much might not be as appropriate. Think of the feeling your going for in your pictures, and if you want to be sitting, maybe a tight skirt would be harder to wear} If your doing a lifestyle shoot in your home, your every day clothes will do just great.
5. Layers, Layers, Layers!! Even in the summer add a belt, necklace, and in the fall a cardigan, scarf, hat, vest, etc.
8. Don’t wear the color of the backdrop. Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy or wooded area. It’s just too much green. You want to wear contrasting colors like the picture below. Her red skirt really pops against the green. Again, this is just a general rule and can always be broken depending on the look you are going for.
7. White washes you out. The normal rule is the white is not the best choice for a shoot it washes you out, but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and it ends up looking really great. Keep in mind your complex and what would look best on you. Also, your location will have a big factor of the colors you want to choose.
8. Shoes are a very important part of a wardrobe. Don’t spend all the time and money on your outfits and then throw on flip-flops or tennis shoes. ( Definitely no character shoes or crocs, or open toed shoes for men). I recommend boots, leather sandals, Converse All-Stars, Toms, Sperrys, Joyfolie, Mary Janes, and Willits. And always, barefoot is an adorable option, especially with babies. I’d much rather see bare feet than the bottom of their shoes. The little details are important!
9. Newborn sessions – you don’t need to bring any clothing for the baby but for parents a plain white shirt is perfect!
10. Lifestyle sessions. I tell my lifestyle clients to wear whatever it is that they’d wear at home. No coordinating or matching necessary. Those sessions are meant to be as normal, true to life and every day as possible. Another exception to the no white rule. I love white when shooting newborns.
11. Headbands, flower pieces are always welcome. Just remember not to get too crazy or big!
12. Choose a color scheme. I would suggest choosing three main colors to work with. Don’t send out a memo that says “Everyone wear Red” You want to coordinate, NOT match.
13. Dress for the weather!! Even if it isn’t your original plan, if you think it might be hot but then it is cold, have a back up plan. I normally only reschedule for rain or super windy. Clouds can make some really cool shots.