If fashion isn’t “your thing” there’s no need to worry! Pulling together outfits for one or several family members doesn’t have to be complicated. Family photographs are a special treasure for future generations to appreciate, so it’s important your clothing choices speak to who you are and make you happy in the process. Be sure to plan your outfits completely a few days before your session. Here are some tips to help inspire your session.
General Guidelines to Follow:
• Layers are fantastic.
• Bright hues in small doses are a fun pop of color (think scarf or hat).
• Look for outfits that complement without being the same.
• Clothes that are more fitted translate better in photographs than baggy ones.
• Avoid clothes with logos/writing on them as they don’t provide timeless looks like more traditional clothing choices will.
• Don’t forget that shoes should be clean and stylish, too.
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GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFC AGES
• Solid onesies, simple cloth diapers or diaper covers, and plain swaddling blankets.
• Knitted caps, which are adorable for a few images.
• A few special/classic props, like heirloom silver rattles.
• Extra blankets for variety.
• Grown-up clothes, with collars and buttons.
• Socks, shoes, or big bows.
BABIES AND KIDS
• To show off their fun style with layered clothing.
• Non-fussy, casual clothes to keep kids comfortable and allow for natural expressions of their real personalities.
• Fitted clothes.
• Big bows, any sort of makeup and hairspray.
• Baggy clothes. Overalls are cute on little boys but wait until they can stand or walk so we don’t fight the bib getting in the way of their precious smile.
• Clothes that flatter your body type and coordinate well with everyone.
• A clean shaven look for men.
• To have hair cut a week, or so before the session (men).
• To have natural makeup that is slightly heavier than usual.
• Sleeveless shirts and shorts which tend not to flatter.
• Too much pattern that will distract from the focus of your portraits…you!