What to Wear
One of the most common questions I get asked is what to wear for your photo session. Deciding what to wear might be challenging as decorating your place, however here are some tips which hopefully make your decision a bit easier. The most important thing when it comes to your wardrobe is to coordinate the colours.
Think about your house design and what is your plan with the pictures. Which wall are you planning to put them on? What colour is it? If your walls are purple and you all are wearing red, the photos will not look good on your wall. Think about the season and location you are going to have your pictures taken. Is it fall or spring? If you have your pictures taken in fall try to compliment those colours and choose earthy and warm colours like different shades of brown, orange and red or if it is a spring and everything is green – go for neutral colours with a mix of purple, green or blue. As for the shoes – heels, nice boots, flip-flops are awesome. Please don’t wear sneakers until they are simple and funky (Vans, etc). Think about coordinating the shoes with other accessories and colours in the photo. And many times no shoes are the best.
Kids and family – What is the rest of the family wearing? Make sure the colours compliment each other, however avoid to look exactly the same. Choose 2 – 3 colours and stick to your colour scheme. Lighter colours look better and more airy than black or dark colours.
Less patterns, more texture:
Patterns are great, just make sure only one or two people wear them. You want to stay away from big logos, characters or designs on your t-shirt. Stick to solid colors and choose more textures – like scarves, hats, belts. Layers are the best!
Don’t forget accessories and nice clean shoes. It all comes to details to get that perfect family picture.
And plan ahead! You don’t want to find your favourite outfit in your laundry basket on the photo shoot day.
Maternity – In general, the idea is the same as the regular photo shoot however there are a few extra things you might want to consider if you are planning to have a maternity photo session.
This session is all about you and your belly. Consider choosing an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and will show off your figure at the same time.
Before you think about your outfit, think about what kind of photos you would like to get. My focus is on outdoor lifestyle. Each season is different and I would suggest different colours for winter than for fall or summer. Try to compliment each season with the colours you are wearing. Tight and stretchy tops are the best. Bring a few of them so you can change the outfit. If possible, choose solid colours or lightly patterned and logo free tops and a couple of shirts in colours that look really great on you. Don’t forget to bring items related to your baby (booties, letter blocks or any other items of sentimental value) that you might like in the photos.
Wear pants that are comfortable and not too tight around your belly, medium-coloured ( denim, grey, brown, etc..) would be a great choice.
Accessories – necklaces, bracelets, earrings, feminine scarves that can help add texture, interest, and depth to your images. This is something completely up to you. A few accessories can look great, however no accessories is a good option too. The session is focused on your belly and accessories are not as important as they would be in a regular family photo session.
Skip the florals and other big patterns. You want to be able to look back at these pictures in 10 or 20 years and still think the photos look great. Whereas really stylized clothes can get dated, solid neutrals are timeless.
If you are still not sure, feel free to ask for an opinion or bring a few outfits with you and I can help you to choose what would look best on you.
What about my husband/boyfriend/partner?
Jeans and a medium coloured shirt or a white shirt make for a great starting point. As a second option, it would be a good idea to bring a second shirt that compliments whatever you decide to wear. Think about what fits your style as a couple and dress accordingly. Try to avoid bold logos.
Newborns – The focus of this session is your baby. And let’s be honest they look the best when they are naked. At least for part of the session. If you wanna invest in some clothing the best ones are cute diaper covers, headbands, knit hats or neutral color blankets. For mom and dad it is the best to wear light solid neutral colours to create a soft look. A subtle pattern might add a bit of interest. If the siblings are in the photos as well, stick to those neutrals, creams and soft pastel colours. Avoid logos and big patterns.