What to wear is key for a successful session. Coordinating your outfits shows that you are a group, a family and you belong together. Clothing compliments who you are as a family, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your family.
There is a couple of things to consider when choosing the colour of your clothing. You want the colours to match the decor in your home where they will be displayed. Which means they should also match the backdrop of your session. Once you have that sorted, choose a palette of three to four colours and mix it up. You want a cohesive feel but without being matchy matchy. It actually looks great with the use of different (subtle) patterns mixed with solid colours. Just keep reminding yourself that they should be in similar tones. Think about layering, it adds dimension and depth. Hats, scarves and wraps can add a lovely artistic feel to your images. Picture an advertisement in a catalogue – everyone coordinates but no one stands out more that the rest.
Another one of my tips is to please purchase clothes to fit, and fit well. Keep in mind that for pictures, too large a polo shirt, saggy pants or a jacket or dress that is falling off the shoulders looks sloppy. Large clothing swamps your child’s features, or in adults it hides your body shape and adds weight that doesn’t exist.
10 Tips of What to Wear to Your Photo Session
Are you still puzzled? It can be really stressful getting it right and keeping the family happy too. The most important thing when choosing your clothing is that you and your family feel comfortable and like what you are wearing! If you are not comfortable it will show in your portraits. Here’s a few tips to help you pick out an outfit that will be both flattering and show your personality.
1. AVOID WEARING ALL ONE COLOUR
Try to avoid everyone wearing all of the same colour. Like all white or all black. You don’t want to show up all wearing identical outfits or anything that resembles a uniform. A good example of this would be identical outfits for your children, shirts of all the exact same colour or even all the same pants.
2. AVOID LARGE LOGOS
The quickest way to date your session is to show up with huge logos or characters all over your clothing. We all love Disney movies but you will regret having them covering your children in your photos. Avoid large labels on T-shirts like Quicksilver or Nike, this is distracting from your faces and we aren’t selling the clothing labels.Can I say again – please no licensed clothing!!
3. BE WARY OF TOO MANY BOLD CONTRASTING PATTERNS
Try and steer away from lots of clashing patterns. If the whole family were to wear Hawaiian shirts for example it can be too overwhelming! But on just one or two members subtle patterns can be really pleasing. I love the look of delicate texture and patterns to create interest in an image.
4. WEAR YOUR STYLE
You have to make sure you feel comfortable, all of you! No matter how beautiful a dress or an outfit is, if you put it on your child and they are uncomfortable, you will hear about it the entire session. Make sure your children are comfy. I can promise that you’ll be thanking me later!
5. BE TIMELESS
You need your outfits to be timeless so your photographs can be enjoyed for longer. That is why I recommend subtle, delicate texture on clothing without overpowering trendy logos. I personally love soft, comfortable clothing made of natural fabrics in delicate pastel colours. Picture pale greys and blues, or the softests pinks and blush colours. But if you love bright colour go for it!
6. LAYERING ADDS STYLE AND COLOUR
Layering is a great way to add style and colour to your outfits. Think about wraps, textured scarves, jewellery and hats to add another layer of interest. They can create a whimsicle, artistic look. And please don’t forget about shoes. You don’t want to have picked the most beautiful wardrobe for your kids to be wearing their joggers that are worn every day to school.
7. DRESS WEATHER APPROPRIATE
Dress for the season, no boots and coats for a summer beach session! Likewise, being underdressed in the winter months shows in your images. Children who are cold are not cooperative and you will end up with blue lips and chattering teeth instead of smiles on everyone’s faces.
8. DRESS LOCATION APPROPRIATE
Dress for the location. Are you booking an indoor lifestyle session or a beach session? Think about the locations and plan accordingly.
9. BRING BACKUP CLOTHES
Bring some backups clothes for those just in case moments we all know happens. Make sure to bring along some cardigan’s or jumpers for everyone even in summer sessions for 2 reasons it can get cold at sunset and sometimes mosquitos can be out.
10. LAY OUT ALL THE OUTFITS TOGETHER TO SEE WHAT THEY WILL LOOK LIKE
Lay out your families outfits on a bed and see what they look like. You need to visualise the outfits before your session. And please make sure you try them on as kids grow super fast and if your little ones pants are too high and socks are showing it will be visible in the photo.
Last but not least if you are totally freaking out lay out the clothes and the different options and photograph them for me. I love helping my clients choose their outfits – it’s like piecing together a puzzle!
Favourite Clothing Stores to Shop for Your Photography Session
HM, ZARA, CottonOn for Kids, Myer, David Jones, Target, Picnic, Witchery, Country Road, Seed Heritage, The Iconic, Bohemian Traders, Feather and Noise, Self Styler,