“Help! My photo session is right around the corner and I can’t figure out what to wear!”
Nine times out of ten I am asked for ideas regarding what to wear for a photo session. There is definitely no need to run out and buy new outfits for everyone, but a little thought and creativity can be fun and make a huge difference in the outcome of your portraits. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind when you are choosing your session wardrobe.
1.) Start with one person (usually the mom for a family shoot or ladies for couples, etc), and revolve your choices around that outfit.
2.) Add texture. I can’t tell you how much I love seeing texture in photographs. By texture I mean layers (a sweater over a button down shirt, jackets, layered tees), denim, knitted scarves and hats, tutus, corduroy. Texture always adds an element of depth and style to your photographs. Plus, layering makes for quick clothing changes and variety.
3.) Keep it simple. Solid colors or simple patterns (plaids, small prints, etc.). Bold patterns tend to distract from what’s really important…you and your family.
4.) Avoid solid white or black clothing. Black and white can be tricky to photograph and often the outcome looks like floating heads in a mass of black or white.
5.) Avoid logos and anything else that might be distracting and date a photograph. A little trendy is ok…just don’t over-do it. People’s eyes will go right to the logo instead of your face.
6.) When photographing more than one child, it’s not important for them to match. It’s great to let their unique personalities come through so stick to a couple of colors that coordinate together.
7.) Accessories? Sure why not. Hats, necklaces, scarves, bracelets, you name it. Accessories add character to your photos and also help to define your personal style. They can enhance any picture when worn tastefully and not overdone.
8.) Shoes…what about them? Some of the shots will no doubt show your feet, so be aware of what you put on them! For children, PLEASE no cartoon character sneakers! If it’s warmish weather or summer, go for sandals or something open. If it’s winter, how about some cute, stylish boots…both for the kids and the adults!
9) Last, but not least- BE YOURSELF! You don’t want to look back at your portraits and think, “Man I never wear anything like that or style my hair that way.”
If you still aren’t sure about what to wear, bring a few things along and we can decide together. One change of clothes during the session is fine. Besides, extra clothing is always a good idea with children in case something gets messed up.