Dressing For Your Photography Session
Let’s jump right in! No pressure or anything, but outfits are what can make or break a session. Below are some brief tips on how to avoid common mistakes that take away from the overall goal of documenting you. Down below, I’ll explain how to design a cohesive yet individualized look. As always, if you need hellp with outfits – Please let me help you, it would be my pleasure!
- Mix the colors but keep them along the same palette
- Dress appropriately for the occasion
- Cover bra straps, knees, elbows
(and any other part you might be insecure about)
- Accessorize, feel free to bring extras if you aren’t sure
- Ask for help!
- Dress two people in the same outfit
- Be afraid to go barefoot in the summer
- Wear running / athletic shoes
- Try anything new with hair / makeup unless done by a professional
- Wear anything that isn’t comfortable
- Wear big logos or bright colors (neon)
Think of your overall vision – are we going with a light and airy vibe, dark and moody with emotional splashes of light, or are we going with a seasonal theme? Try to find clothing for everyone that has similar textures and try to limit patterns if at all possible.
Hair & Makeup – I always suggest to have barber / salon appointments 2 weeks before your photography appointment just in case something happens to go wrong (especially if you’re trying something new.) For makeup, if you aren’t using a professional makeup artist, I strongly suggest sticking to what you know best and leaving the changes to the professionals on any given day except for the day of photos.
Accessories – Please feel free to bring accessories with you to switch up during your session. Hats, denim jackets, jewelry, headbands for the little girls are all great pieces to have on hand just in case you need them. I also like to suggest bringing a beautiful blanket of some kind, whether a quilt or knitted blanket to add some texture to the photos and personalize them further.
Choosing Outfits – This suggestion has worked wonders for my clients – I always dress the person that will be the most critical of the photos first. Most often, this is me – the Mom, the Bride, Girlfriend etc. Once her outfit is chosen – head over to Pinterest, using the search bar pull colors from her outfit and search for palettes. For Example – if her outfit is mauve and gold you’ll enter “mauve and gold color palettes” this will bring you to a page of results that offers some unlikely options that compliment your color scheme.
Stay away from matchy – matchy outfits. – As a Mom to identical twins, I know what it is like to want to dress children in the exact same outfit – however this can limit our options for posing and the placement of family members. When two people are wearing the same color or pattern, the image tends to become unbalanced unless they are separated in every photo, which isn’t something we want to do when documenting siblings (especially twins.) You can always bring a second outfit if you would like a few of the siblings in images together (for packages above the “simple package”)
Shoes – Shoes are a tricky thing, I know this because I have lots of children and sometimes there are not enough shoe selections to have everyone covered with our overall vision for pictures. My best advice is a clean, simple boot or barefoot in the summertime (keep in mind – if one person is barefoot, everyone will need to be barefoot) For at home sessions, barefoot is also preferred – shoes on the bed are not a great idea to tie in the idea of lifestyle comfort. I don’t love athletic sneakers (the running shoes with neon laces etc) But I do love the classics – Vans, Converse – etc.
Cover what you don’t want showcased – Many of my clients make the joke about “photoshopping” their body to hide their insecurities. I personally prefer to use stategic posing over photoshopping my clients because I want to document who you really are. So – I always suggest opting for outfits that cover some parts of the body that we don’t really love about ourselves – armpits, bra straps, elbows and knees. I mean, who really has gorgeous knees? Am I right? So let’s cover those up with clothing that makes sense! If you have insecurities about yourself that you don’t necessarily want to showcase, please let me know so that I can take this into consideration while taking your photos.
Maternity – I absolutely LOVE the flowy dresses that direct focus to your growing baby. I have found a few options on Amazon that are highly affordable and can be dressed up quite easily. There are also some not-so-affordable options that I have used for myself, that I really really love. If you do choose to utilize one of the dress options, please don’t hesitate to ask what colors will flow best with our location – earthy jewel tones are my favorite because they look more rich and show up on camera well.
Newborn – Light and airy clothing is almost always the way to go, most of my newborn sessions take place in the comfort of the client’s own home and sometimes this means less light than I am used to working with, light colors tend to brighten the images where it matters and shifts the focus to the connection between you and your new baby. Loose fitting effortless for the Mom is a great way to go, because then we don’t worry about feeling uncomfortable during the session.
Links to my favorite stores for shopping, with budget in mind. Ladies – when it comes to dresses, flowy is beautiful for those emotional windswept pictures!
Always, always, always read the reviews and see real person images at purchase if you haven’t used a particular vendor before.