The Ultimate Guide to Styling Your Family Photography Session!

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Ok let’s chat!  You booked your session with me, now what!?  I got you babe!  Upon booking your session with me, you will be sent an email with a link to a Styling platform that will help you style your session.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when coordinating your family’s outfits.

  1. COORDINATE

Ok, so gone are the days when everyone would wear matching t-shirts and jeans! NO NO NO! When planning your outfits, keep in mind that you want to coordinate, not match.  I often recommend Mom finds her outfit first and then coordinate the rest of the family around that color scheme. Choose 2-3 colors that compliment mom’s outfit, so some neutrals and a pop of color to bring everything together.

2. MUTED COLOR TONES

Earth tones always photograph nicely year round. Think blush, ivory, sage green, khaki, white, dusty blue, terracotta and some warm greys. Colors for Fall photos that look great against the golden grasses are rust, plum, maroon and mustard yellow.

2. TEXTURES & PRINTS

I LOVE when families choose clothing that has texture.  It could be a lace dress, detailing on a shirt/pants, tweed, chambray, faux fur and wool.  Prints are okay as long as they are not fine stripes.  Stripes can photograph strange if they are close together and often make you look bigger than you really are.  Choose one bold pattern and then coordinate the rest with smaller patterns or solids.  Prints that I love are plaid, floral, and gingham.

4. LONG & MIDI LENGTH DRESSES

For moms, these are incredibly flattering and can hide all your self conscious spots.  They provide a lot of movement which is great for all those running around, playing with your kid shots. If you aren’t comfortable in a dress, a skirt/top combo is another option and a little dressy than your everyday look. Opt for high quality fabrics such as silk or linen as they hand better.

Midi length dress with some cute, strappy sandals are perfect for early Fall photos!

5. CONSIDER THE SEASON

If its summer, choose cool clothing choices so you aren’t sweating and uncomfortable.  Long dresses, short sleeves and sandals.  For winter you can layer with a sweater, cardigan, boots, jumpsuits etc.

6. LAYERS

Laying is a great way to spice things up.  Think cardigans.  Scarves.  Jean Jackets.  Something you can take off and on easily but that will create a different look.

7. YOUNG GIRLS

There are so many great companies out there with really cute toddler and girl clothing.  I love Rylee + Crue, Noralee, H&M, Zara, Gap, JCrew, Nordstrom, Boden, Janie & Jack.  Those are just a few.  Most of them have great clothing selections starting at Newborn up to the Teenage years.  

8. YOUNG BOYS

For toddlers, young boys and teenagers, dress them as you would for a nice event.  No holes or patches on the jeans.  For their pants, think earth tones so light khaki, dark brown, light brown and sage.  All those colors photograph nicely with the tones outdoors in the Bay Area.  Please no logos on shirts.  Keep them simple, collared button downs or henleys are an easy go-to.  

9. DON’T FORGET SHOES!

Shoes are incredibly important when pulling your outfit together. When choosing your shoes, think about the location for your session. If we are hiking in the hills or Redwoods, high heeled stilettos aren’t necessarily that practical. Wedges or strappy sandals are a great alternative. Target has a lot of trendy shoe options for moms, dads and kids. Please avoid athletic sneakers and bright white shoes. For kids, no shoes with cartoon characters on them.

10. HAVE FUN!

Keeping all this mind, be yourself! Take this opportunity to purchase a new outfit or pair of shoes to spice things up! Coordinate your clothing with the colors in your home so when you hang them on your walls, everything looks cohesive.

PLEASE AVOID…

  1. Black shirts, leggings or jeans. Black can often photograph very dark and tends to make everything blend in.
  2. Oversized shirts or dresses. Fitted dresses and shirts will make you look lean and accentuate your curves.
  3. Saturated Colors. Bright red for example will create color cast/skin tone issues.
  4. Thin Stripes. Very thin stripes have a tendency to mush into each other and cause something all the moiré effect. It reminds me of seeing a spinning black and white wheel where everything becomes one.
  5. Athletic Sneakers. Please do your best to avoid nikes or any athletic shoe. Those are for the gym only… or if you’re a mom running around town:)

 

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