WARDROBE INSPIRATION AND IDEAS
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned
Consider your background. If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. Choose a few colors to focus on. A foundation of neutrals with one pop color is easier to pull together. Stick to solids for the most part, with plenty of layers, textures and a small or subtle print or two for interest.
For example, Dad's blue sweater relates to Junior's blue stocking cap and Janie's blue shoes. The color bounces around different levels of the photo. The look wouldn't be appealing if they were all wearing blue tops.
Looking for a neutral look? Creams, taupes and tans can be fun when you add textures to them! For example mix linens, silks and weaves to have more subtle shifts. Scarves or layering pieces are great for adding texture.
Coordinate, but don’t match
Gone are the days of outfitting everyone in denim bottoms and white tops. Purchase Coordinating looks. To simplify the coordination process, buy pieces from the same children's line for each kid. Many stores and brands have collections that highlight the same patterns and colorways on multiple styles in the line. Pair statement pieces with basic solids from your kids' existing wardrobes.
Choose Small or monochromatic patterns and say no to characters
Keep it simple. You don’t want your clothes to be the focus of the picture. Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like bold large patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting. However patterns are not all bad! Small patterns or monochromatic patterns can add just a bit of interest and break up color blocks without dominating the image. So include a few accents of pattern.
Please avoid all white or all black clothing
If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.
Don't forget accessories
Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
Lay It All Out
Take the outfits you've pulled for each person and lay them all out together. Does the combination look pleasing to the eye? Does it need another pop? Is there too much going on? Have a few accessories on hand and swap things around until it looks right to you. This is much easier to do than dressing and undressing the kids!
Don't be shy! Send me a snapshot of what you are thinking. Or invite me over. If I can, I'll swing by! I am HAPPY to help.
please note, not all of these are my images. a few are pulled from online for inspiration and given photo credit when available
© Erin Dougherty Williams