I have so many requests from clients when they book a session asking for help, inspiration, guidance, opinions on what to wear. I get it. I know it’s hard to coordinate outfits for an entire family AND look somewhat put together. It’s just as frustrating for me. I can easily give YOU pointers, but then I come up short when it’s my own family. I have a few simple ways to help you pull together your entire family for your session. As part of your pre-session info, I send you a questionnaire that I ask you to fill out before we get going. This will give me an idea of who YOU are and what your style is. And as always, feel free to text or email me with questions & photos. I LOVE helping you pull together the perfect style for your session.
1. Color. Use it. It’s yo’ bes’ frien’. Seriously. Wearing white washes you out. Wearing florescents reflects & turns your skin colors. Rich, dark, vibrant colors enhance your features & give such a beautiful dynamic to your photos. Here is my family’s ensemble before we headed out for a Christmas card photo:
2. Start with one outfit. What I always tell clients to do is to pick one complete outfit & then coordinate everyone else around the first outfit. This helps you decide on a style and a few different color options that all compliment each other. Typically, you’ll found a piece that you love & work from there.
3. Be comfortable. I am going to make you stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down, run, jump, play, belly laugh, and everything in between. If your honkers are peeking out, you are going to be embarrassed when I tell you to skip with your kid, and I get flashed. Don’t wear anything too short or see through. All of these things can be issues (i.e. crazy monsoon Colorado winds). If you are wearing something too tight, you will be miserable and all you will think about is your muffin top. Dress for your body. Confidence truly comes across on camera. If you feel good, tucked in and aren’t worried about a wardrobe malfunction, you are free to enjoy your session and be happy with the finished product.
4. Dress for the weather. The weather changes on a dime here. Prepare for it. The best way to do this is to dress in layers. Layers on layers on layers. Not only do layers give a lot of dimension and interest to a photo, it comes in handy when you can peel or add layers as the weather changes during your session. (Note: I don’t shoot if the temp is in the ‘teens. I’m from California and my blood has not yet adapted.)
5. Accessorize. Adding bling, color, texture, and even a hat or two, can add so much dimension and depth to your photos. You know you feel the most put together when you have matching earrings, a bangle or two, or a fun, colorful scarf. All of those things make such a difference in your photos. Adding these make pull an outfit together and make it look complete.
6. Shoes. Shoes show up in a lot of your photos, and can make or break an outfit. Be sure to (like I just said) complete your outfit. And in my professional opinion, cowboy boots are amazing. Just sayin’.