what to have in mind choosing your clothes for the shoot
Let’s admit it. Choosing what to wear for photos can be super stressful! It’s enough to make anyone crazy, even photographers. But finding that perfect outfit (or family of outfits!) is easier with a little bit of guidance.
Don’t match. Coordinate.
You need to coordinate, not match, when you deciding what to wear for photos. Start with the youngest and pull colours from their outfit to dress and layer everyone else. Layering can make a huge difference in tying in all the colours.
Choose your colour palette.
Pick a palette of 3-4 colours. Let this be your starting place. Think in terms of tones: blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, etc. Everyone in the family can express their own sense of style within the chosen colour palette, and the whole group will coordinate beautifully but very important, no logos showing and muted colours, if possible, to enhance the timeless feel.
Don’t forget about the shoes.
If you’re not the type of family who likes being barefoot, be sure to keep your footwear in mind. Nothing will throw your look off more than a ratty old pair of shoes.
Keep it simple and comfy at home.
For at-home newborn sessions or family photos, which are typically taken on the big bed, wear cotton t-shirts, linen pants, no shoes and loose and comfortable clothing. Staying neutral in a bedroom setting keeps the photos simple and soft with the focus on the connection and emotion between people. And don’t forget about the bedspread! If it’s really bright, has a distracting pattern, or maybe it’s a little drab, take it off and stick with light coloured sheets instead. You can dress to coordinate with your home. Is your home light, bright and airy or moody and dark? What colours do you decorate with? What style do you lean towards?
Fit your style to your location.
Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. If your session is happening in a city setting, you can wear a cute heels and a fancier dress then you’d normally wear to match the bustling vibe of the city. If you’ve selected a more natural environment, choose something a bit more casual such as a maxi dress and opt for casual footwear like flat sandals or boots.