I'm so excited to begin the process of your session. Wardrobe planning can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. I'm here! I'll provide tips and suggestions to help stylize your session.
To get the flow going with wardrobe for your family, start with one outfit that you really like. From there, build from it for everyone else. Mom, I typically suggest you pick your outfit first.
Wear what you feel good in! Moms and dads, this tip is for you specifically. If you aren’t comfortable in what you’ve chosen for pictures, it will show. If you can’t find a dress you feel good in, but you rock a good pair of skinny jeans, do that. If you can barely walk in heels, there’s no harm in doing cute and comfy flat boots or pretty sandals. If you can't walk in your shoes I suggest not wearing them as my sessions involve a lot of movement at times.
Textures, layers and accessories! Layers add dimension, depth, and interest. Bring in garments that have lace, knitting, corduroy, or velvet. Add in a denim jacket, a vest, a statement belt or hat. I'll add in that not everyone should be over accessorized, this can appear busy. Always bring me in to outfit planning, it's my favorite part!
Purchase clothes to fit. And fit well. I know we all have a hard time buying clothes for our kiddos that don’t leave a lot of room for growth, seeing as they do grow so fast. However, keep in mind that for pictures, too large of a polo shirt, saggy ill-fitting jeans or a jacket that’s falling off the shoulders looks sloppy. You’ll be purchasing outfits specifically for pictures, most likely, so choose something that fits perfectly, or even just a little bit snug. Make it look almost tailored. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers. A too-big jean jacket will not compliment shape. It hides hips and waist for moms. If you typically wear a size medium jacket, try on the small. Even if it’s just a little snug in the shoulders, it should lay nicely around your hips and waist, creating a tailored look.
Clothes that photograph well:
- Floral Prints (a long, flowy floral dress or skirt is my all time favorite, gives a very sweeping feel and look)
- statement necklace
- colored jeans
- unique colored shoes/sandals
- leather boots
Where to shop:
Harper & Sky / TJ Maxx / Old Navy / Free People / Target (Moline Target ONLY has a beautiful brand; Knox Rose that I highly suggest) / Modcloth / Charlotte Russe / Francessca's / The Buckle / Zulily / H&M / Forever XXI / GAP / Hautelook / Anthropologie
Steer clear of fluorescents. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh sometimes. I always recommend versions of primary colors. Some of my favorites: Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick, burgundy), and blue (navy, denim).
When it comes to dressing your kids be sure they're comfortable. If they're wearing something itchy, or shoes that hurt their feet you'll be sure to hear about it all session.
Bring a favorite item the child loves, these make for sweet memories unique to your family.
To add texture and interest to your photos add layers:
- Suspenders ( I especially love shirtless boys in suspenders!)
- Bow Tie
- Colored Pants really make a statement
- Floral Crowns (I have many, please request one I'd be happy to bring my selection)
- Statement Necklace
Where to shop for kids: