Clothing choices can really make or break a photo! It is important to really plan your outfits before your session to make sure it all goes together and each person fits their outfit. I like to lay out all the clothing on the floor so I can see how it all looks together while I am making selections. I might change bits and pieces a few times before coming to my final decision.
When choosing your wardrobe, it is best to dress for the weather and for comfort, you want to be able to move freely and not feel uncomfortable, especially with your shoes! Keep it smart casual. I tell my clients to go for 3-4 co-ordinating colours. Each person doesn’t need to wear each colour, but it is good to pick a main colour and then secondary colours to compliment. Below I have some examples for a family of 4, with two males and two females, you do not need to pick these colours, these are just examples of how to distribute the colours around family members. You can go with colours you already have in your wardrobe. If possible, it’s also a good idea to have a back up outfit for a baby/toddler who might soil it or dress them just before your session starts.
Another thing to keep in mind is the location of your session, If you are having your photos taken in a park where your backdrop is mostly green, it’s not a good idea to choose green as your main colour, the blues or the blush sets may be a better choice. You don’t want to blend in to the background.
You can also take in to consideration, the colours and tones in your home decor. You don’t want your photos to clash when hung on your walls. If you have neutral decor, subtle colours like the below images are ideal. You can also bring a coordinating rug to sit on during your outdoor session if you wish. Again, a neutral colour (white/beige/grey) with a hint of your main colour through it is ideal rather than a bold colour.
It is best to avoid wearing any distracting patterns and logos. You want the focus to be on you and your family and not the floral dress you are wearing. The clothes are meant to just bring the tones together, not take over.
At the end of the day, the pictures taken are a representation of you and your family, so be comfortable and have fun!
If you have any questions about your wardrobe for your session with me, I’m happy to discuss it with you. Just send me an email!