What should we wear to our photo shoot?
a few visual tips and ideas
The not-to-dos are fairly simple, so let’s cover them first.
1. Remember the trend from the nineties where everyone dressed in matching denim and crisp white tees?
Don't do that. In fact, try to steer clear of matching at all. Instead, focus on choosing outfits that compliment one
another (both in texture and tones).
2. Try not to wear tees or jumpers with large branding or logos on the front. These will be distracting and detract from the timelessness of the photographs we make. We want attention to be drawn to your pretty babies’ faces, not on Peppa Pig or George, right?
3. Something that’s not as often mentioned that I’ve learned over time is pretty important - try not to wear anything that’s purely black or white, whether that’s jumpers, shirts, jeans, trousers…Why? Black especially is guaranteed to dominate tonally in your images. This means they’ll be less aesthetically pleasing than is ideal (especially if you’re hoping to hang these pictures on your walls!).
4, Try and keep overly busy patterns to a minimum with only one or two people. For example if you are a family of four try and have only one person (two max) with a (loud) pattern or floral design. The other family members can wear plainer tops/dresses etc.
The exception to this rule is babies.
If you’ve just brought a new baby home, photographing him or her in a classic white onesie or singlet will always be beautiful; white will draw attention to their soft baby skin and can always be complimented with muslins or other items to add interest and texture.
So all that in mind, what SHOULD we wear?
1. Soft or natural tones, such as pale pastels and neutrals will always photograph well.
2. Earthy tones are fantastic and look great in-camera and on your walls. This includes rich colours such as burgundy, deep greens,
shades of blue and mustard. Pops of bright colour can also work wonderfully to create a captivating image.
1. Varied textures in your choice of clothing are great (think denim, wool, linen, corduroy, cotton) and layering is excellent
(such as scarves, cardigans, beanies and vests if the weather allows).
Now with this all said, ensuring the kids (and you!) are comfortable is most important, so let that be your best guide.
Try to select clothing that is soft, warm, and allows the kids full mobility and freedom to move - because moving kids are happy kids. Another important thing is to make sure clothing is a perfect fit - nothing too big or too small.
As always if you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out - I always love a chat. ; )
MOST IMPORTANTLY...This is just a guide and the most important thing is you are all happy in what you
have chosen to wear and comfortable!