one of the most common questions that I get as a photographer is “what do we/I wear?”
and please remember…like Captian Barbossa says in Pirates of the Carribbean “[it] is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules”
here are a few rules for you to ponder…
rule #1 – be comfortable in the clothes (and SHOES!) you are wearing.
if you are regularly barefoot…then who needs shoes?! (unless, of course, it’s winter and we are outside)
if you regularly wear heels, grab your favorite pair and let’s go!
jeans and a t-shirt, dressy business clothes, or dresses…whatever it is, be comfortable!
maxi dresses and skinny jeans are very complimenting to any size. pair the maxi dress with a chunky high belt or a bold colored sweater. add some heels or wedges with your skinnies (i’m 5’4”…heels + skinny jeans make me look and feel like I am tall!). not sure about skinny jeans?! try skinny boot cut, they aren’t quite so tight and fitting. don’t skimp on feeling amazing in your outfit :) the more at ease you are in your outfits, the easier it is for me to get you smiling and interacting in front of my lens.
rule #2 – colors and being “matchy-matchy”
not everyone looks good in one color or the same color. to make it easier, choose a color palate. a few coordinating colors. and don’t be afraid of patterns! if your 13 year old son (who is not so fond of family photos) has a favorite plaid shirt…use his shirt as your color palate and plan around that! he might roll his eyes and think you are crazy, but deep down he will feel proud to know you chose his shirt to base your whole shoot off of
some of my favorite combos – white, grey (dark and/or light), yellow, and jeans; dark brown, green (think avacado), red-orange; white, cream, tan, black (looks amazing in a field with a large group formal photo!); teal, brown, tan, jeans;
rule #3 – Layers & accessories & props
dress in layers…you know, the plain shirt underneath the button down shirt with a vest over the top and some jeans?! yes! that! do that!you essentially are getting 3 looks all in one. Ladies, don’t be afraid to amp up the accesories…a bracelet, hair piece/headband, a necklace, a scarf, and/or a belt. get creative with it. my best advice for layering and accessories….pinterest and polyvore. just be careful…pinterest is like a vortexyou may become addicted to it
when in doubt, lay it out. lay out your outfits on the floor, exactly how you would be wearing them (yes, shoes too!). this way you can see what they look like all together.
the only accessory exception here…ladies…hair ties! take them off of your wristI know I am just as guilty of it!
rule #4 – keep the season in mind
winter, spring, summer, or fall? inside or outside? both? all of the above?! dress appropriately for the season.
rule #5 – where are you going to put these pictures?
will you hang them in the living room? the hallway? front entrance? bedrooms? or will they be sent out as cards? birthday, christmas, new years, just because?!
if you know where you want them to go, coordinate your outfits to that room as well.
have a neutral colored living room? either stay within that neutral palate or add some flare to the room if the photo is going to be a centerpiece.
sending out cards to family/friends is a great way to show off your uber-cute selves/family!
rule #6 – have fun!
add some personal touches to your session! don’t be afraid to be you. be unique.
if all else fails, I am only a phone call, text or email away! let’s create some great photos!