Clothing choices for portrait sessions can be very stressful. Here are a few recommendations I send to my new clients that you might find useful.
Individuals: I recommend wearing something more bold and colorful with a lot of texture to show off personality. This is an opportunity for children or yourself to shine! For children, I usually recommend bare feet for indoors and boots or shoes that compliment their outfit for outside.I recommend clothing that has texture, such as; knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, and ruffles.This type of clothing tends to photograph well and adds a lot of visual interest. Ultimately. you should wear clothing that reflects who you are and what is unique about you!
Siblings: It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy.I recommend picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The more layers, textures and colors, the better. Just pick colors that compliment each other. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple,turquoise, dark pink, etc.) and try to stay away from all white. I do recommend investing in your child’s clothing for the session since it does make a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques, they have one of a kind style. I also recommend avoiding large bows or ribbons in the hair. It distracts from the subject of the image.
Families: Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well.I recommend having the parents dress fashionable, yet simple and focus more of the funky,unique style on the kids. If you have 5 people all dressing with a lot of layers and accessories it can be too much.Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to wear a print,stay away from small prints, there is not a lot of visual interest (think bold!). Continue to think about texture and color. You may think that certain colors don’t go together, but again think out of the box and have fun.
Of course location and theme will play a big part in your outfit choices, work with your photographer and discuss the look and fee l you are trying to achieve to nail down the best option for your session :)
Ben lives in Arizona and Rachel lives in Texas and these sweet loves birds maintain a long distance relationship. They met me one Sunday afternoon noon at a cute little park in Diamond Bar to forever capture their love on “digital film” . I had such a great time with these two and can attest to the fact they they are head over heels in love with each other and are perfectly matched! My sides hurt from laughing so much! It was a joy to witness such joy and tender care they extended to each other. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together!!
Happy families smiling on a bright Sunday morning – that’s what makes photographers hearts smile! I adore this family. These two boys always make me laugh and smile. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing them year after year and I have loved watching them grown up in front of my lens! They are funny and rambunctious and they tell fart jokes and do everything little boys should! I heart the Figueoras :)
I can honestly say some of my favorite session are my senior portraits. I really love meeting my seniors and spending a few hours getting to know them, hearing about what they will be doing when they go off to college and we always have a blast! Naethin and I traipsed around the school campus, kicked the soccer ball a bit and got caught in the sprinklers. All good clean fun in the name of photography! As you can tell he is a soccer player – and a phenomenal one at that!
Love is in the air! These two were sparkling with joy during our maternity session. Darlene and Rudy will welcome their new baby in just a few short weeks! So glad we were able to get this session in before the big day!
This adorably fierce little girl can kick my buns at softball any day! We spent a few brief moments at the ball park last weekend and caught this beauty in her element! These are my favorite sessions – the ones that allow the individual to shine! #Like a girl!
We were also able to sneak in a few “girly but not too girly” dress pics too!
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This young beauty is entering her junior year and so we stepped out into the beautiful hills of Glendora to snap a few pictures. It was a very hot day but this girl was ready to work! She was such a natural in front of the camera allowing us to breeze through this session with amazing results!
I hate to admit it but even I struggle with investing in family photography. Sure I have thousands of pictures of my children and have certainly documented their lives ad nauseam but I have neglected to include myself in these archives.
Today my baby boy registers for his junior year in high school. A Sobering fact that has made me realize that time is passing by quickly and soon my babies will be up and out. I’ll do it later won’t be a possibility.
I shouldn’t make excuses anymore. Who cares if I need to lose 10 pounds or if our outfits don’t look like they walked off the pages of a magazine ad. In 10 years, I won’t care about any of that. I will care when my babies have grown and some of my most precious memories aren’t tangible for me to enjoy.
I have to remember that these photographic memories don’t have to be elaborate and fancy, heck we don’t even need to leave the house. For many people a lifestyle session in their home can better capture the essence of their family than a stylized location session.
Make the decision to do it and seek out a professional who’s work you admire . Consult with your photographer and convey your ideas and concerns and work together to create a session that will make you happy for years to come!
This article “The investment of custom photography” by Design Aglow is a wonderful read. If you are thinking about hiring a professional photographer, I highly recommend this bit of light reading.