What to wear? It's the number one question photographers are asked...
Here are some fool proof tips for dressing picture perfect...
As an overall rule, remember to treat everyone's clothing as if it were all one outfit.
1. Pick an Inspiration Piece
· Start with a single piece of clothing that you want in the photos
(a scarf, a skirt, dress, pair of shoes, etc.) as your inspiration
· Select the rest of the clothing/accessories to compliment that piece.
· Mix it up with colors, patterns and textures that allow each individual to be unique, yet complement one another.
· With this as your goal, layout the inspiration piece and then go
to each person's closet and see what you can find. I always say, lay it
out on a bed and see if anything jumps out at you and looks off.
· Don't feel that you need to buy a lot.
2. Think Color
· Color can add a nice pop to photos and can bring the focus to the family vs. the background.
· Ask yourself where it will hang in your house? If the goal of the
session is for a huge portrait over the mantel, then consider the colors
of the room.
· Consider the setting you'll do photos in.
· Scout your favorite clothing stores and check out what the
mannequins are wearing. Keep in mind what color combinations are ‘hot'
right now. This year, orange has been huge. It's exciting and energetic
and definitely pops in green type settings. So it makes it easier to
find shades of orange/poppy at stores so you have more options.
· Try playing with about three colors. Try to have each color show up at least three times throughout the picture.
· Find inspiration from lots of sources. Look at home décor
magazines, floral bouquets, etc. Choose a color pattern that speaks to
3. Layer, Texture and Accessories
· Layering adds more color and texture to the photo.
· Try to find clothes that have some sort of texture to them (this
could be ruffles, knit, corduroy, cuffs, stitching, embellishments etc.
· Layers and accessories gives you the option of shedding or adding pieces to create a new look.
4. Remember the Little Things
· Pick clothes you feel good in.
· Make sure you can move and hug and play with your family.
· Make sure nails are clean and trimmed (don't forget the kids!),
your clothes are ironed, your kids' temporary tattoos are removed…you
get the idea!
· Don't forget about the shoes either, they can add to an outfit or
draw unwanted attention to the bottom of the photo. Your feet WILL
· Make sure pants are long enough.
· Try to stay away from white shoes.