To get the flow going with wardrobe, start with the one outfit that you really like. From there, build from it for everyone else. This will often be YOUR outfit.
As you think about your colour palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person/outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Instead of everyone wearing the same shade of blue, think about what accent colours might look nice with said blue. Perhaps blue jeans for your son with a t-shirt, vest and hat. Pull some of the blue from his jeans to find a great skirt or dress for your little girl. Dad can wear some chinos and a shirt that coordinates with the jeans and dress on your daughter, and finish it off with an awesome jacket. The baby’s dress being more of a solid colour will tie in with all the patterns and mum will round the entire family out with a dress that (again) coordinates with the family.
Matching is out. Coordinating is in. And anything goes!
We know your family is together. We’re photographing you as a unit! Wearing the same coloured shirt, pants, shoes etc. looks a bit awkward. Coordinating colour is what really brings a wardrobe together. I usually choose two main colours of wardrobe, and maybe one accent pop of colour. Also, mixing stripes with plaids and tweeds is okay! Expression is important. We want to see your personality through your wardrobe.
Wear what you feel good in! Mums 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 rock a good pair of skinny jeans, do that.
Steer clear of fluorescents. Fluorescent colours tend to colour cast on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh, especially in sunlight. If you like brighter colours, I recommend primary colours. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blues (navy, royal) photograph beautifully. As most of my sessions are held at the beach I tend to recommend staying away from green clothing, as I love to photograph in the green dunes. You want to stand out among all the greenery you’re surrounded by, not blend in with it. Green as an accent colour is great though!
Avoid big logo’s and slogans across clothing.
Texture! Texture photographs amazingly! Think big knits, lace, linen, cotton, denim and corduroy. Get creative!
Layer, layer, layer! Layers add dimension and depth. In the summer? Layer your dress with a cute belt and pendant necklace. In the winter? Cardigans, scarves, kimonos, tights etc.
Dress for the weather, and be flexible! Be prepared to be flexible with wardrobe in case you have to switch it up last minute. If you have plans for a cute sundress for your daughter, and the weather ends up being 10 degrees cooler than you were anticipating, switch it up by adding layers. Tights, scarf, cardigan. I cannot stress this one enough – the beach can often get windy and cool in the evenings. The best piece of advice I can give is make sure the kids are going to be warm!
Flaunt your best asset. If you’re self conscious about your arms, wear a sleeve. If your stomach is your problem area, a flowy top is great to hide it. If you love your legs, wear a short skirt or dress! Dont be scared to show off your favourite assets.
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