"What do we wear to a photo session?" is the #1 question I get asked as a photograph. Well, don't sweat it because I'm here to help!

Picking outfits that coordinate and won't look dated in your photographs is so important! I want you to feel confident on the day of your session without stressing about your wardrobe for hours. I've constructed this guide to help you through the outfit selection process. Of course, as a client you are more than welcome to send me your outfit options as we plan your session.

Pick a Color Palette

color palette example for families

The goal of your outfits is not to match, but to coordinate. The best place to start is a color palette. Pick 3-4 colors to include in your palette, any more can be overwhelming. Sometimes you might find it easiest to start with a pattern (like a dress mom or a daughter would wear) and extract colors from that pattern.

Choose clothing wisely

Finding clothing that matches your color palette, fits well, and is in budget can seem like a big task, but really it's a task that should be a process, not a last minute detail. I recommend laying out the items you think will work for your session at least 2-3 weeks beforehand to allow time for any last minute shopping needs.

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Tips for styling outfits:

  • Dress for the season and location.
  • Coordinate colors instead of matching.
  • Wear something comfortable that you feel like yourself in.
  • Natural fibers and earthy colors look amazing in most settings.
  • Totally avoid large prints, company logos, and patterns.
  • Buy quality and avoid thin, stretchy fabric (it will cling to the wrong places)
  • Throw some accessories like a scarf or denim jacket into your bag to easily change up your look.
  • Collect the right undergarments for your clothing (i.e. if you have a young child with a shorter dress you will need bloomers to cover a diaper).
  • Please do not wear ball caps.
  • Take off any smartwatches that would date your photos.
  • Wear limited jewelry.

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