You’ve chosen to invest in your family’s memories by scheduling a session with me. You’re excited about the day, have the location down, already envisioning where that beautiful new canvas is going to be placed within your home, and then it hits you.
What in the world are we going to wear!?
It’s one of the most commonly asked questions I receive as a photographer from my clients -- and probably what some of you ask yourself daily. But I’m here to tell you it’s really nothing to stress over and can actually be a very fun part of the preparation for your session. Below are a few tips to help you get yourself and your family looking amazing for our time together.
The three biggest things I look for when I’m pulling together outfits or advising any of my clients: Timeless, cohesive, non-distracting. No matter what the season or nature of the session, these three qualifications will always be the most important in my mind for your attire.
These photographs will be around for years and years to come, so anything that’s currently “trendy” or outside of the box may not reflect well a few years from now when you’re looking back. Timeless, staple pieces are definitely the way to go. You don’t have to be plain or ‘blah’ by any means, but you certainly don’t want to look at your photos from five years ago and the first thing that comes to mind is, “Wow, what was I wearing?!” Seeing the reminder of how small your babies were or invoking another great memory from that time period of your life is the goal any photographer has when capturing your images for you.
Cohesiveness, or coordinating outfits, might be the hardest part for everyone, including me. Everyone wearing the same color or same exact outfit may be too far; sticking with the same 3-4 colors is ideal. A good rule of thumb; you want to look like you’re in the same family, but not the same person. Picking out a general color palette based on the type of photos you are looking for, as well as coordinating with the season or colors around you, will definitely help. Classic, neutral colors are always a safe zone in my mind! Any combination of cream (not bright white), gray and tan is pretty hard to mess up. Soft neutrals help bring the focus back to your beautiful family, and they’re usually pretty easy to pull together.
When looking through my lens to capture your family, I’m always focused on the main subject of that image. I don’t want everyone’s eyes to be drawn to the “loud” or distracting pieces of clothing when looking at your image. This would include super bright colors, busy patterns or more than one person in clothing with a large pattern (two if it’s a big family). The focus should always be on your beautiful faces, not three different colors of plaid shirts or florals that take away from it. Most often, muted tones look the best in a family picture. If you’d like to pick some patterns, choose smaller ones that won’t command all of the attention in the image. Bring in some texture layers that will give your images some dimension, such as lace, denim, and knits.
I’m definitely a visual learner, and if that’s the case for you too, feel free to check out these style guides I’ve put together on Pinterest for all of my clients.
Hopefully these few tips will help take the stress away from your next photography session with me and make for some amazing images you’ll treasure forever.
xoxo - Kirby