WHAT TO WEAR
5 QUICK TIPS
People always ask what they should wear for their sessions and lets be real, it is one of the hardest and most crucial parts to the process. I wanted to make this process a little more simpler for those of you looking for some tips and ideas.
1.) FEEL COMFORTABLE
What you are wearing isn't going to make a bit of difference if you don't feel comfortable in what you're wearing. If you don't feel comfortable and confident in what you're wearing, it will show through in your images. If you're not the dressy type, wear some skinny jeans. If you like to dress up.. by all means, go for it! These images are showing you and your personality, not someone that you think you should look like.
Family sessions are no longer about matching and those white shirts/jeans look are becoming a thing of the past, Instead it is now about coordinating. Think of not only each member of your family as a whole, but also as an individual. Embrace colors, patterns and layers! You want these images to reflect the personality and style of your family. Think about the areas you will be displaying these images in and use the colors and patterns of those rooms for help make things cohesive.
3.) JUST SAY NO TO NEON
While I recommend and encourage to embrace colors please keep this one tip in mind- no fluorescent colors, please. These colors tend to cast colors on faces that aren't always able to be fixed in post processing. Instead, try to stay with softer colors or primary colors. Navy, maroon and mustard have been very popular!
4.) IT'S ALL ABOUT THOSE LAYERS
To add dimension and interest to your photos- layer up! Think about the season you're having your session during. Spring would be cute cardigans and long or chunky necklaces. Fall would be boots & scarves or cute jackets. Even in the summer you can accessorize your outfit with layers of fun jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings. You (and your kiddos) will not be happy of you're shivering or sweating and miserable during a session- remember, you want to be COMFORTABLE. Hats, blazers, cardigans, boots, cute sandals, accessories, etc are your FRIEND, do not be afraid to use them.
Think about the location you've chosen for your session. Does it have a lot of greenery, is it fall time and the colors are red, orange & yellow, are you at a river or lake, are you in the middle of a spring time bloom? All this factors into what you should consider when thinking of what to wear. If you're in a grassy field with green trees in the background, you may want to avoid building your color scheme based on green. You don't want to blend in with your surroundings.. you want to stand out but fit in at the same time. If you choose an urban, downtown setting.. consider a cute dress or skinny jeans and a pair of heels. Choose a location that fits your style (urban, country, cozy, etc.
I have so many outfits, headbands, bonnets, etc to use for newborns including multiple props. There is absolutely nothing you need to bring unless something has important meaning to you and you'd like it included. If you have items yourself that you would like to use, I do ask that you please limit it to one or two items.
I have a studio closet full of outfits for babies in the 3-12 month sizes. Headbands, bonnets, hats, rompers, shorts, leggings, etc. I let you choose to use any and everything that you would like to use out of the closet. If the style of the items I have do not suite your vision, I encourage and welcome you to bring your own outfits for your babies. I have a mix of all kinda of outfits from modern to vintage to use for babies in addition to multiple props.
I also have a studio closet full of beautiful dresses by the fabulous Tutu Du Monde for girls from 1-10 years old. These are tutu dresses with lots of intricate dealing that makes them so unique and girly. I also have hair accessories and capes that coordinate with all the dresses for the complete and polished look.