1. Do not wear fluorescents. Please. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. I always recommend versions of primary colors. Yellows, reds, and blues.
3. Start with one outfit that you really like. From there, build from it for everyone else. Try to stick to four colors or less (not counting jean, khakis etc.) This helps with the flow of your session.
4. Wear what you are comfortable wearing! I cannot stress this enough. Moms and dads, this tip is for you specifically. If you aren’t comfortable in what you’ve chosen for pictures, it will show. If you can’t find a dress you feel good in, rock a pair of leggings. If you can barely walk in heels, there’s no harm in doing cute and comfy flats. If you can’t do heels, wedges are a great alternative, too.
5. Add layers! Layers add dimension and depth. But it's summer time? Layer your dress with a cute belt and a statement necklace. In the fall and winter? Cardigans, belts, more necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers, etc. The possibilities are endless!
6. Wear clothes that fit. I know parents love buying clothes that leave room for growth, seeing as they do grow fast. However, keep in mind that for pictures, too large of a shirt, saggy jeans, or a jacket that’s falling off the shoulders looks sloppy. You’ll be purchasing outfits specifically for these pictures, most likely, so choose something that fits perfectly, or even just a little bit snug. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers. A too-big jean jacket will not compliment your shape. It hides hips and waist for moms. If you typically wear a size medium jacket, try on the small. Even if it’s just a little snug in the shoulders, it should lay nicely around your hips and waist, creating a tailored look.
7. Coordinate your clothes- don't match. We know your family is together, that's why I'm photographing you together. So, wearing the same colored shirt, pants, shoes, etc. looks a bit awkward. Coordinating color is what really brings wardrobe together! I would suggest choosing two-three colors for your wardrobe, and maybe one accent pop of color. Also, mixing stripes with plaids is okay! Expression is important. We want to see your personality through your style.
8. Light colors for newborn sessions. This is the only time I will recommend wearing something simple. We don't want to take away from the beautiful baby we're showing off. I recommend wearing simple colors: grey, beige, ivory, black, and white. If we’ll be posing an older sibling with the baby, light pinks + blues are good colors that add a little something, but not enough to overpower the baby.
9. Make sure to dress for the weather, and be okay with changing plans. Be prepared to be flexible with wardrobe, in case you have to switch it up last minute because the plan was for a summer photo, but the temperature dropped to 70 degrees. If you have plans for a cute sundress, and the weather ends up being 20 degrees colder than you were anticipating, switch it up a bit by adding layers. You can still wear the same outfit as planned, but maybe add boots with tights, or a cardigan with a slouch hat. Dress appropriately for the weather that day, even if it doesn’t go with your original plan. If your child is sweating in a sweater, or shivering in a tank top, they are not going to be happy, and it’ll show in the final images. I promise, whatever changes that need to be made, we'll make it work!
10. Dress for the occasion. Just as dressing for weather is important, dressing for the occasion is just as important. If we've scheduled to book in a wooded area, please do not show up wearing heels with a beautiful gown. Formal wear would be more appropriate for a more "city" feel. Also, if I'm coming to your home for a lifestyle session, make sure you wear what you would actually wear sitting on your couch (of course, please take in consideration of bright colors). I tell my lifestyle clients to wear whatever it is that they’d wear at home. No coordinating or matching necessary. Those sessions are meant to be as normal, and true to life as possible.