Tips for Choosing Outfits

May 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Are you stumped about how to dress your family for your upcoming photo session? Clients often have questions about selecting outfits. To make this a bit easier, I've put together a list of tips and some things to avoid. Most importantly though, dress in what makes you and your family feel comfortable. If someone isn't comfortable or happy with what they are wearing it will come through in the photos and we don't want that. Hopefully you will find the tips below helpful. Also check out the spring and summer clothing guide I've put together for color combinations and clothing examples. If you have any questions about what to wear or want to discuss outfits ahead of your session don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help!

Tips for choosing outfits:

  • Choose a coordinating color scheme. If there is a shirt you like for one of the kids, have everyone else wear colors that play off of that. For example, a plaid shirt would have multiple colors. Pick out some of the colors in the plaid for others in the family to wear. It doesn't have to be a perfect color match, close is good.
  • Patterns on kids are okay as long as it's not too small or busy. For adults, it's best to stick to solid colors as it's less distracting and can have a slimming effect.
  • Feel free to mix textures or layer. A knit sweater, jean jacket, vest, cardigan, or button up shirt all are good options for adding texture and layering which adds visual interest to your photos.
  • Accessorize! For ladies and girls a scarf or necklace with a solid color shirt looks really nice. A belt or fun shoes is also great. For boys, consider a newsboy cap as that always looks adorable (as long as it doesn't obstruct the face).
  • Dress for the season. If your photo session is in the spring or summer then short sleeves, dresses, shorts, etc. make sense with an outdoor background of greenery. In the fall, go for pants, sweaters, vests, etc. to match the feel of the changing fall foliage.

Things to avoid:

  • Stripes don't photograph well. I recommend avoiding stripes altogether for both kids and adults. If you do wear stripes, wider is better than thin.
  • Really bright or neon colors can reflect strangely on your skin. A pop of color here or there is great but avoid overly bright and neon colors.
  • Coordinate but don't get too matchy-matchy. For example, everyone wearing the same color shirt and jeans doesn't give as much visual interest to your photos.
  • Clothing with words or graphics are distracting and will draw attention to the clothes rather than the face.
  • Avoid clothing that is really trendy right now. Your photos will look dated more quickly. It's better to go for a timeless, classic look.

Don't stress! These tips are just meant to guide you and give you ideas if you need them. 



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