I am often asked the question, "What should we wear for our photo session?". It's a great question and an important one, as the clothes really do help make the photos. So I thought this would be a great place to give you some tips on what to wear for our photo sessions.
When the session involves the whole family, I suggest you "coordinate" rather than "match". Choose a color or two that you like, and then dress the family similarly. But keep it simple. Stick to solids, and steer clear of busy patterns, and logos. You want the emphasis to be on you, not your busy clothing. Here's a great example, where the girls wore black while the guys wore white, and all wore comfy jeans. What resulted was great balance and some nice contrast.
When going for a more natural look, casual is the way to go. Here is great example of a beautiful senior portrait. In a simple white top and a pair of jeans, this young lady exudes natural beauty.
Babies look great in very little, either in their birthday suits, or in just bloomers or a coverall.
And while white is a simple color, it's not always forgiving (especially with little ones who are always finding messes!) so perhaps darker is th
e way to go. You can still go simple with dark, and keep the focus on your beautiful family, as seen here with Aidan and Riley.
If at all possible, bare feet are always a better option than shoes. Nothing dates a photo more than shoes (go ahead and check out those old photos- do you believe you actually wore those shoes???). If bare feet are impossible, then stick to the simplest shoes you can find!
And of course, you must remember that rules are meant to be broken sometimes! If your photos involve individuals, go ahead and let them get funky. Pull out those busy socks, those sweet kicks, and their favorite accessories. Let them be themselves- after all, that's what you want to remember isn't it?
Shooting is what I love to do most, and I'm in no rush, so feel free to bring several changes of clothes. Have fun and remember, it's all about YOU!