What to Wear Guide
A simple walk thru for looking your best for pictures...
Coordinate & Complement
Matching is out. Coordinating is in. And anything goes nowadays. Coordinating color is what really brings wardrobe together. I suggest starting with one or two base colors and then find different shades to compliment. Patterns are good - in moderation! Perhaps have one person wear a beautiful, bold pattern and keep everyone else's outfits more simple. You can do this with a neutral and a few colorful brights, or try a softer palette that has different tones of the same shades. Expression is important...let your personality through your wardrobe. *Please avoid wearing distracting clothes with large logos and/or writing. Also, stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy/wooded areas. It's just a bit too much green. Green as an accent color is great!
Layers & Accessories
Layers are an important part of your wardrobe. Add color and interest to your photographs with scarves, hats, belts, socks, bows or flowers in the hair for girls, bow ties, jewelry, sweaters, vests, jackets, tights or leggings under a skirt. I recommend making the outer layer (blazer, cardi, jacket) fit snugly. Add some punches of colors with accessories and show off your unique personality! *Remember, don't overdo it with accessories. Keep it classy and stylish.
Unless custom Converse goes with the feel of your session, do not wear sneakers. Wearing a pair of colorful ballet flats, sexy stilettos, or distressed boots can help tie everything together and complete the desired feel of your session. Barefoot is an adorable option too, especially with babies.
Makeup, Hair & Nails
It is a good idea if you have a trusted professional do your hair and makeup for your session. Keep makeup natural, but a bit of color on your lips, eyes, and cheeks will help bring you to life in photos. Make sure your makeup matches your skin tone or your face may look a totally different color compared to the rest of your body. Also, don't cake on a lot of makeup to cover blemishes, it's almost always easier to Photoshop away pimples than to clean up overdone makeup. A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your pictures. Pick a color that won't distract in your images or clash with your outfit(s).
Make sure that children can move freely in their clothing. If they're not comfortable with their clothes, your session will result in a lot of scratching, pulling, and tugging on their clothes with tons of grouchy and miserable looks. Let your children help select what they wear...happy, comfortable kids are more cooperative for pictures and I'm more likely to capture the real them.
Same goes for adults - wear clothing that YOU feel good in! Maxi dresses are flattering on every body type. Maxi dresses are so versatile - add a belt or a statement necklace with strappy sandals for the summer or a belted fitted cardigan and a scarf in the fall. If you can't find a dress you feel great in, but you rock a good pair of skinny jeans, do that. Skinny jeans are flattering on most women, even us curvier ones. Pair them with cute heels and your legs look a mile long. If you can barely walk in heels, there's nothing wrong with rocking cute sandals, a wedge, or comfy flat boots.
Myself included, us adults are usually concerned with looking slimmer. My best advice to you is to work what you've got! Know your body type and what styles will flatter your figure. If you like your legs, show them off! If your arms are a little jiggly, avoid wear a sleeveless top. Dark clothes are better than light clothes at slimming you down. Long pants and sleeves are an easy way to cover problem areas. Shallow v-necks and turtlenecks are more slimming than collared tops. Other tips to appearing thinner include: standing up straight, avoid bulky clothing, elongate your neck (keep your chin up and out), cross your legs at your ankles instead of your knee when sitting, keep your arms slightly away from your body, and prevent bloating by avoiding high salt and fatty foods for 2-3 days before your shoot.
Bringing props is not a requirement, but they can make your photos more fun and unique! When selecting props, begin by thinking about what makes you unique as a couple. Is your fiance a guitar player? Bring his guitar. Do you share a love for baseball? Bring a baseball with your wedding date written on it. Do you love to read? Bring a few books with unique and/or romantic covers. Are you the cool couple who cycles together? Then, bring your bikes. Did you happen to meet in Starbucks? Bring a Starbucks cup with your future, new last name. Are Sundays in the fall/winter dedicated to football? Then, let's take a few pictures in your favorite NFL jerseys.
For maternity sessions, I suggest bringing along - an ultrasound picture (framed or not), alphabet blocks that spell the baby's name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, or whatever you like.
While props are fun, it's important to remember that props are an addition to your shoot. Don't worry too much about them, as they will only be used for a portion of the session.
I hope this is helpful. If you want my opinion of outfits that you are considering for your photo session, feel free to email/text me.