First and foremost BE YOU!
Your clothing choices should allow you to be yourself and reflect your family
START WITH MOM
The hardest family member to dress tends to be MOM. As a mom myself I know we tend to forget that we are important too! Remember how we look is just as important as everyone else! It’s easy to dress the kiddos! They look adorable in everything! And husbands, well lets face it, they are the easiest to dress! So start with mom!! Choose an outfit that you (mom) look beautiful in! You want to feel confident, beautiful and love the way you feel in this outfit! If you feel amazing, you will shine and look amazing! If mama is happy, everyone is happy! Once you decide on an outfit, you can create a complimenting color palette and be able to choose the rest of the family’s outfits from there!
Once you find the outfit that looks amazing on you, you can decide on the style of your pictures! Is it more laid back? Fancy? Retro? Continue with your outfit’s style for the rest of the family!
CHOOSE A COLOR PALETTE
Once your outfit is picked, choose a color palette. Choose up to 4 colors that will compliment your outfit! Coordinate, but don’t match! If everyone has complimenting colors from the color pallet it will be a lot more visually interesting to the eyes. Remember, each family member does not have to wear every color from the color palette. Below the mom chose a Plum shirt and dark jeans making the start of the color palette plum & navy. This left room for up to two complimenting colors to put in the rest of the family’s outfits. This family ended up choosing a three color palette.
REMEMBER TO KEEP IT TIMELESS
While your preferences may be different, it is best to dress in timeless and classic looks that will last through the years. Wearing clothes that are too trendy might mean your pictures will look outdated in a matter of months or years. If you choose clothes that have looked good for years, the photos will likely continue to look good and up-to-date for years to come. Sticking to timeless looks will let your subjects’ personalities shine through. This does not apply if there is a vintage, retro or specific theme in mind that calls for a non timeless look.
A great way to pop from you background and add visual interest in your photos is with patterns. When choosing patterns stick to one pattern or a max of two complimenting patterns. For example in the image below, the daughter is in a bold flower print shirt and the mother has a subtle striped pattern in her dress. The outfits share the same color palette, and most importantly they do not take focus away from one another. From a distance, the stripes almost blend into the dress. To further compliment the two patterns, the husband and son below wore non-patterned shirts in the color scheme.
LAYER YOUR OUTFITS AND USE DIFFERENT TEXTURES
Nothing draws the eye to a photo like differences. Two easy ways to add fun differences to a photo are layers and different textures.
- Layers offer different aspects to a photo in several different ways. Subjects can take on and take off layers for different looks in each photo, and layers add a nice bit of color variation.
- Different fabrics and accessories can give much needed texture to a photo. Look for pieces of clothing with embroidered details, lace collars or accents, ribbons, ruffles, and other fun textures. These types of different textures show up well in color photos, giving a nice pop of personality. Plan your outfits and layers to match your vision for the photo and what brings out your subjects’ personalities and styles
Accessories are often just what a photo needs to take it from drab to engaging. Don’t limit yourself to jewelry when you think about accessories for your session. There’s plenty to choose from for both sexes and all ages—outerwear, jewelry, hats, headbands, flowers in a girl’s hair, scarves, and more.
You want to use a light hand when it comes to accessorizing. Too many accessories, especially if they are big or bright, can overwhelm a photo and take the focus off what is really important—your subjects! This is particularly true for little ones. Their unique personalities and beauty need to be allowed to shine through, not be overshadowed by a gigantic headband or overdone accessories. Remember, accessories are just there to enhance what your subjects are bringing to the photo—their personality and beauty.
EVERYTHING MATTERS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM … YES THAT INCLUDES SHOES!
Everything that is worn or used in a photography session affects the look and feel of each photo, which includes shoes. Do NOT let shoes and footwear be an overlooked part of your outfit planning. A pair of shoes that does not fit in with the rest of a photo can distract from the picture. Unless you have tennis shoes that are unique and fun enough to fit in with the vibe of a session, you may want to consider other footwear options for your pictures.
Shoes, when matched with accessories that other subjects in the photo are wearing, can tie a photo together. For women, ballet flats come in almost every color. Choosing a pair of flats that fit in with the color scheme is a great way to make a photo look great and add a burst of color. Bright yellow ballet flats can match a man’s yellow tie or a little girl’s headband. This creates a unified feel in a photo without making it too cutesy.
NOTE!! Make sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes, many of the locations call for a lot of walking! You don’t want to get too tired or ruin your shoes before getting the perfect shot!
THINGS TO CONSIDER
As you plan out your photography session, remember to think about where and how pictures will be displayed. If you are planning on displaying photos on your living room wall, tie the colors and setup of your photos to the color scheme of the room. Photos that will go up in a child’s room should emulate the fun, playful spirit of children and capture the age of your children. Pictures that will be used for invitations, Christmas cards, or announcements, keep the smaller display size of the photo in mind. Small details may get lost in a smaller photo, so use bold accessories that will show up in a 4 x 6 photo.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO AVOID
*Avoid florescent and Neon colors and anything with logos, graphics, characters, labels, etc. These tend to take the “finished” look of a professional portrait down and can be distracting.
*Do NOT dye or cut your hair days before a session! Just in case tragedy strikes, make sure you have enough days to fix it or to let the hair cut grow out a week or so in order to look most natural, in order to avoid taking photos with a bad hair cut!
*Refrain from making everyone wear all the same color. Coordinate colors and looks, letting everyone have their own spin on the color palette for a more fun and visually stimulating photo!
*Buyer beware! Remember the colors of your outfit(s) that you see on your screen are not always accurate. The “blues” (or other colors) from various outfits may appear to match online but once you finally receive them you may notice they are completely different shades!
*While trying to stay current and fashionable, do avoid obvious trends that will be dated soon. You can do fashion forward while still remaining timeless.
*No bright white socks and no sneakers unless it’s something fashion forward and simple like Converse or Vans. And also be sure to remove watches or jewelry not complementary to the session’s look.
Always remember if you have any questions, need my opinion, or assistance with choosing outfits don’t hesitate to contact me! I am more than happy to help.
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SUPER AWESOME ONLINE PLACES TO SHOP
*Stitch Fix -First fashion retailer to have a personal stylist help choose the perfect wardrobe. Super fun!
*ModCloth -My absolute favorite place to shop for me (also great home decor items)!
*KoKo Blush -My favorite place to shop for my daughter, sons and for props!
* My Little Jules -Another favorite to find name brands at a great prices!
*Zulily -Great place to get name brands for the whole family at an affordable price
*Etsy -Etsy is a great place to get custom and unique outfits for the kiddos!
*what to wear images by Inspire Me Baby
DMX photography is an award winning photographer located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.