Apr 03

What Not to Wear

Part of the What to Expect blog series

Outfits can really make or break a photo. I love following lifestyle blogs and scouring the web for ideas. Here's a list of DO's and DON'Ts that I've compiled to help you pick the perfect outfit.

What works

1. Coordinating outfits

Matchy-matchy is bad, coordinated is good. What is coordinated? Having a common theme that ties everyone together. Usually this is a common color, but textures, fabrics, or metals work as well. Try using a pop of red (or another color) for Dad's undershirt, Mom's scarf, daughter's leggings, or son's vest.

2. Bright, bold colors

Bold colors really do "pop" in photos, especially with open-space backgrounds (a field, or a park, etc.). White or neutral colors tend to blend into the background, unless they're accented with a fun texture or a pop of color.

3. Fun shoes

Photography sessions are a great time to dust off your fun heels or an excuse to go shopping for a new pair. I love detail shots, and fun shoes are a natural prop for your session. Don't limit yourself to just heels, one creative family wore matching TOMS' to their shoot!

4. Figure-hugging Outfits for Maternity Sessions

We want you to show off your bump, Mama! Also, it may seem a little counterintuitive, but loose, flowy shirts can actually make you look bigger than you really are. We never want you to look as big as you may feel late in your pregnancy.

5. For more outfit ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

What doesn't work

1. Bold prints or patterns

These tend to be distracting and draw attention away from the face.

2. Character T-shirts

Unless we're doing a superhero themed shoot, licensed apparel tends to look too casual.

3. Matching Outfits for the Whole Family

It just looks like you're trying too hard, and no one wants that.

4. Trendy Outfits

What's trendy today may not be trendy tomorrow. Choose timeless pices that don't distract from the most imporant element of the photo - YOU.

Oh, Cameron. Don't you know that Christmas Jammies are so 2013?

If you’re having trouble deciding on outfits for a session, feel free to contact me. We can discuss the look you’re going for, and I can send you some ideas to point you in the right direction.