What to wear
What you will be wearing during your shoot is very important. It can be the difference between a pretty and a breathtaking photo!
Imagine the end product you have in mind; What should it look like when hanging on your wall?
Take the below as a guideline. It's important that you & your family feel comfortable & beautiful in the chosen outfits!
Everyone does not have to wear the same colours, as long as they all look good together.
Ladies, getting your hair blow dried/styled before your session is always a good idea.
I also recommend having your make up done, not too different to how you would look usually though.
It goes a long way to make you feel extra confident & gives a polished look to the photos.
Solid colours work well in almost all situations. I love the look of bright, bold colours paired with denim or khakis. The old fashioned rule is to steer clear of patterns, stripes (as long as they aren’t too busy) can give a fresh modern look. Logos and words almost always detract from the face and aren’t recommended for a primary outfit, but can be a nice secondary outfit reflecting lots of personality. Interesting textures & layers (think denim + knits) help bring more depth to black & white portraits.
Also, keep in mind the colour of the background, for example green is not an ideal colour in the middle of Summer/Spring. In Winter, pops of bright colours work very well against a more brown background.
LENGTH OF SLEEVES & TROUSERS
For adults, long trousers look better than shorts. When bare arms and legs are exposed to the camera, the added skin tones take attention away from the face. For toddlers and small children it does not really matter. For the ladies – keep in mind that sleeveless tops might draw a lot of unwanted attention to your arms.
SHOES AND ACCESSORIES
Feet may make an appearance in the photos. Co-ordinate from head to toe selecting appropriate shoes in case they get in the shots. Better yet, go barefoot. Bare feet are a great way to add a fresh and fun attitude to your portraits. Kids love it and young children are especially adorable when photographed with bare feet:-) Hats can be very effective, as well as other accessories such as scarves or funky belts. Hair accessories for girls are lovely, but make sure they are not too big.
BABY AND TODDLER PHOTOS
You are more than welcome to have more than one outfit ready. Keep in mind: your little one may get grouchy when there are too many clothing changes. Prioritize. For infants, a diaper and bare belly are the look. It’s adorable to add fun accessories like a hat or socks to this simple approach. Diaper covers or cute shorts work great for covering up diapers with caricatures on them.
The clothes you pick out for your children should be fun and un-complicated. We want everyone to be comfortable, and we want the focus in the pictures to be on the child, not the clothes. For boys: jeans and especially overalls for outdoor photos work very well! For girls: a pretty sundress or any outfit without a lot of prints.
For the family part of the shoot lighter neutral or pastel colours work best & no big logo's/patterns.
For some more inspiration, have a look at an amazing 'what to wear' guide that one of my favourite photographers in the USA put together: