The good news: there is no need to go shopping for new outfits unless that’s something that will bring you joy!
If you’ve followed my work for a bit, you must have realised that I don’t want stress to be a part of the whole experience.
Here are a few tips I have put together if you’re not sure of what to wear on the day of your session.
Decide on the day
This is not for everyone, I know, but you can just get dressed on the day the same way you would usually dress, and that’s it. How more stress-free can it be?
Also, if your child loves to live half-naked, then why not let him/her? Remember that the photographs from the session are for you to enjoy.
If you’d like to be a little more prepared, then pick outfits that will allow you to be yourself and feel like yourself.
Dress nice, but don’t get so “dressed up” that you are uncomfortable.
Let your clothes reflect your family’s personality and style while keeping in mind your interactions and family bond is really the focus of the session.
Mums, try picking clothing that makes you feel good!
If you are usually critical about your appearance and struggle with the way you look in photographs, then definitely try to pick something flattering that will boost your confidence and help you relax.
Colours you like
You will be looking at those photographs for years. It doesn’t matter whether the photographs are colour matched with your walls, as long as you like the said colours.
Be aware that red and orange are colours that really grab the attention (nothing wrong with that, but best to keep it in small touches or for children only).
Matching clothes – do or don’t?
Again, I’ll ask you: is it something you do in real life?
I know a few of my clients are big fans of Maxomorra and Rainbow Kids Boutique and I wouldn’t dream of telling them not to pick matching outfits.
We want the photos to reflect your family’s personality, so you do you!
Coordinate (if you like)
If clashing colours are something you are NOT into, then, you can plan everyone’s outfits a little in advance to make sure the overall look will be visually appealing to you. Pick 3 main neutral colours and add little touches of bright colours using accessories.
Note: This might only work with cooperative children and partner :)
Toddlers and children
From a young age, some children like picking their clothes, so it might be a good idea to involve them in the process or offer an alternative.
If they are as headstrong as my little one, you might trigger a big meltdown by trying to force something on them. Is it worth it?
And you know what, five years from now, you might smile when seeing your daughter wearing her Frozen dress with her yellow boots, because it was just so “her”.
Dress for the season and location
When you go to the beach, you might not dress the same as when you go to a fine dining restaurant. The same concept goes for a photo session. A dressed-up outfit might look a little out of place if you are going puddle jumping, but perfect for a walk in the city, and if you’re staying at home, there is nothing wrong with wearing your comfies.
If the session is taking place outdoor, make sure everyone is warm and comfortable.
- I would usually recommend avoiding big logos and labels, as they can be distracting and will date a photo quicker.
- I would keep black to a minimum but that’s mainly because you can see every bit of crumb, loose hair or dried up milk on it, and I don’t retouch!