What to wear to your session:
This can be a daunting task! Even to those who would label themselves “creative” can get stuck easily. And I, admittedly, overthink this step for my own family. I am going to try to make this easy for you! Ready?
Honestly, you can’t really go wrong when you’re sticking with earth tones. Even greys and taupes can be mixed and look great! Still stuck? Here are some things to consider:
Mix it up.
When choosing the wardrobe for your session make sure you’re not too matchy-matchy. This includes color, texture and style. When everyone is wearing a white shirt and jeans (hello 90’s!) it makes a very uninteresting photo. Think through textures: knit, denim, fur, cotton, silk, lace, jersey…. Also, think about location. Pants vs. shirts. Accessory vs. sweater. Hat vs. shoes. You can absolutely repeat textures and colors especially if they are in a different location.
Just like with textures and colors it’s important to make sure you’re alternating your clothing style. I have six girls so this becomes a bit of a challenge since 7 of us can wear dresses!! Don’t get stuck on this, but it’s nice to have a variety of styles. Dress, pants, skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, khaki’s, sweaters, polos, tunics + leggings….
There is beauty in simplicity.
We can get overly complicated in our decisions on wardrobe. Adding more color and more options is not always better. Though we want to mix it up and have variety if everyone is loaded to the gills with accessories and texture and layers it can be overwhelming to the eye! In the end, these pictures are about the people not the clothes. We want to see you shine through. This is part of why I love neutrals. They really let the people shine through.
Classic and timeless.
My goal as a photographer is to create images that will be cherished for generations. I know there are some that jump on the bandwagon of the latest trends like it’s their lifeline (and I’m not against that!) but really be thinking through the lens of “future-you”. Are you going to look back and cringe over that super trendy outfit? As much as you are able, keep it classic. Keep it timeless.
I think the most awkward pictures of myself are the ones where I squeezed into that shirt that doesn’t quite fit or those shoes that REALLY hurt but are super cute. Head’s up: the camera can’t hide grimacing faces. Be cozy. Be natural. Be comfortable. Be YOU.
I am a visual learner. To a fault. I’m kind of useless with any of my other senses (gee…I wonder why I’m a photographer?). So if you are that way as well I have created a cheat sheet over on my pinterest page to help you out. These are merely suggestions and a way for you to visually see the overall idea behind wardrobe choice. Here is the link below and remember to have fun!