Before every session I get a bunch of questions from all my clients – what to wear, will it match, should I get a new outfit and so on. I always try to tell mom to relax and not to stress, and here is a piece of advice for everyone – It will be very helpful, I promise.
You are what you wear.
A little cliche’? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing pays a huge role in the success of the finished product.
Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:
1. Brand New
I’m down with your favorite pair of ripped jeans, cowboy boots, or favorite flops – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means, bring on the bling!). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
No need to focus on matching everything from one color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. If your heart is set on everyone in white button downs and and khaki pants, we’re probably not your gals.
No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call us, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous for your shoot, I promise!
I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé’, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.
As for the kids? Well… uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.
Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of your feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be us!) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.
Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography.
Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you loving, loving, loving the end result.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.
Gulp. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 on the top list, and remember, don’t stress). Remember, we are with you every step of the way.
It’s easier than it seems. Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Jake out of his spider man cape and favorite Sponge Bob pajama top. If we’re going to be running around and playing in the grass, you’ll likely not decide to were your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. (unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).
If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring some options! Heck – throw your wardrobe in the car and we can decide when we get to the session and wing it with fabulous results!
Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blown-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures with you amazingly-well-behaved-never-cranky-always-smiling-never-messy-faces-children…
Can you see it yet? I totally can. OMG, you look INCREDIBLE!
I can’t wait for your session!
Those thoughtful suggestions have been written by Jeanette Leblanc.
Here are a few of our What to Wear guides.