This is a question that many ask. Its hard to know what is going to look best for your photos. The first place I suggest starting is location. Where are you having your photos taken. You will want your outfits to stand out from your location either in color or style. For instance. If you are having your photos taken in an amazingly colorful field for flowers, I would not suggest a really busy colorful print. Once you know where your photos are to be taken then you can start thinking about what will go with that location and what to wear. Here are a few things to think about.
1 Coordinate colors. Most people I speak with think that when getting portraits taken it is best to all wear the same ore really similar outfit. And while this can work in some instances in most cases it just makes your photos look dated. Instead Choose a color pallet. It can be as vague as were going to wear warm colors (This works really well in the fall btw!) Or you can get specific and tell your family to base their outfits on a specific set of colors (i.e. Dress in Brown, teal, and grey)
2 This is a big one, Except for very young children, let those involved choose or at least have a say in their outfit. There is nothing worse than feeling extremely uncomfortable in your outfit on portrait day. And guess what it shows in photos.
3 Try not to wear all brand-new items for your portraits. It may seem silly, but clothes fit better after they have been washed and worn a few times, so break them in. Just be careful not to get any of grandma’s famous chili on them.
4 another big one dress for the weather! If you are getting photos done in the heat of summer stay away from wool and long sleeves and likewise in the winter don’t put little tommy in a tank top. Being too warm or too cold will affect not only the disposition of the person wearing the clothes but it can make or break the entire session.
And that’s it 😊 not too hard right? I know I know choosing outfits is much easier said than done (I personally suck at choosing what to wear for portraits) so one more suggestion. If all else fails check out my Pinterest Board on what to wear.
Here are some samples of what my past clients have worn to their sessions.
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