What to wear for your photos depends entirely upon your style. Individual style speaks volumes about a person and everyone in the photo should reflect their own unique style. Instead of each person wearing blue shirts and khaki pants, consider picking a color scheme and letting the members of your family pick their own clothing based on their personal style based on the colors chosen. Think about accessories too. Dress in layers or perhaps bring a scarf along to add an extra color pop.
Comfort is also important. If you don’t like what you are wearing because it is too tight, you are too hot or cold or even if your shoes are uncomfortable, that often conveys in your photos. I truly believe that you should feel your best in addition to looking your best. Shoes are important. Several of my sessions are held outdoors and involve some walking. I suggest skipping the 4 inch stilettos and opting instead for the cute, comfy sandals. It’s tough walking in those scenic fields in the high heels. Your children should be comfortable too. If they don’t have those super cute shoes that you wanted for photos in their size, skip them. It’s more important that the kids are happy and blister-free!
Clients often ask abut what color to wear. Choose colors that work well for you. I recommend picking a color scheme of 2-3 colors. Think about the room your photos will be in, do you want soft and muted, or a pop of color? Solids are great but also think about the small details and accessories for adding color or coordinating outfits. Apple and Pear Wardrobe Design has a blog and advice that I love. She not only speaks to dressing for your body now but also gives great color advice.
When selecting your wardrobe, please avoid fabric that wrinkles easily, shiny, fabrics, bright red or bright magenta colors. These things don’t photograph well. If you are visiting for a maternity session, please leave the belly band at home. If your pants have a built in panel, please be sure to fold them down yoga pant style for the session.
A word on black clothing. Some folks are under the belief that black is slimming. Some black is okay for certain photos and photography styles. For example, in the “first family photo” I may suggest black. Through the lens, black deepens shadows on the face. Leave that little black dress at home for now and opt for clothes with a shape to flatter your body and choose great colors you love.