What to Wear for your Family Session
I always offer help to my clients when deciding on wardrobe because what you wear can really play a major role in the outcome of your session. When it comes to choosing what to wear you really need to think about the different colors, patterns, and textures you use! You want to wear something that flows nicely, but you also want to make sure you wear something that fits YOUR STYLE and that you are comfortable in! If you don't like what you see in the mirror, you definitely won't like it on the camera. To help make choosing outfits for your session easier I put together a few tips below as well as some links to inspirations boards and a list of my favorite shops. Let's get started!
Compliment & Coordinate, but DON'T match.
I'm going to be honest, having everyone in the same color and matching shirts is boring! It makes everyone blend in and your photos lack personality and "pop." An easy way to dress your family is to put one person in a pattern with a few different colors. A floral dress or shirt is a perfect example. This will serve as the base to your color scheme! Then you can simply just select colors from that pattern to dress the rest of your family.
Dress for the weather
This sounds obvious but I have had clients show up in long sleeves and jeans during the middle of Summer here in Florida! No matter how much you love an outfit, if you are going to be sweating and miserable the entire session - it's not worth it! I always tell my clients to dress in layers, that way if it's too hot you can always remove an article of clothing and vice versa if it's too cold.
Layers & Accessories
Like I said above, dress in layers. Vest, scarves, and cardigans are great if it's cold out. You could also do a cute jacket over a maxi dress. If you are pregnant, a lace kimono over a bandeau top is a gorgeous way to show off your bump! For little boys, add suspenders! I love rings, bracelets, and hats of all kinds! If your husband wears a hat and doesn't want to take it off - just buy him one that matches your outfits. Others may not not agree but at the end of the day all we want is for everyone to be happy during our session together - so if your husband wants to wear a hat, let him;)
Things to avoid
When it comes to choosing outfits you need to choose a good color palette. DON'T wear neon or extremely bright colors. They create terrible color casts on the skin and reflect light in an unflattering way. I always tell my clients to choose versions of the primary colors; brick/maroon, mustard, rust, olive, navy, royal, teal, etc. Neutrals like tans, ivory, light pinks and blues also work really nicely together! Crazy patterns and shirts with logos/numbers should also be avoided!
For your in-home session I recommend wearing solid, neutral colors ONLY. This keeps it from being too distracting and works nicely with all types of home decor. Just keep it simple and you can't go wrong!
Men and Boys
V-neck, henley tees, and button ups in solid colors with fitted shorts/pants work great! Rompers and suspenders are adorable on little boys - jeans and no shirt also works well for summer time.
Women and Little Girls
Long flowy dresses help create a feeling of movement and emotion in your images. Choose solid colors or gorgeous prints that compliment your skin tone. I also highly recommend wearing your hair down in your images!
As always, these are only suggestions! If you have different tastes and love lots of color, feel free to put as much personality into your wardrobe as possible! If your session is near a body of water, bring towels and extra clothing because I love to have my clients get in the water! I have several dresses ranging from size small-large for women and several outfits for children! Client wardrobe is available for use with the purchase of ANY session! Feel free to bring a few things that have meaning to you (a special quilt, a guitar, etc). I really hope these tips help you when choosing outfits for your family session! Below I linked some inspirations boards for the different seasons and a few of my favorite places to shop :) If you have any questions, please ask! Also feel free to send me as many pictures of your choices that you want! I promise I am HAPPY to help! <3
FOREVER 21 (Women)
FREE PEOPLE (Women)
H&M (Women, Men, Kids)
OLD NAVY (Women, Men, Kids)
TARGET(Women, Men, Kids)
ASHLEY ROSE CLOTHING (Kids)
BAILEY'S BLOSSOMS (Kids)
PINK BLUSH (Women, Maternity)
PIPER AND SCOOT (Women)