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Wardrobe Inspiration

One of the most common questions that I receive after booking a session is "What should we wear?" I've collected a few of my favorite easy-to-follow tips on how to style yourself and your family for your portrait session.

For Families


1. Coordinate, but don't match.

Well coordinated outfits can make a family session go from ordinary to extraordinary! However, instead of dressing everyone in identical colors or patterns (for example: white shirts and khaki pants, everyone in polka-dots, etc.), choose a few corresponding colors from a color palette that you love and find clothes that fit into that color scheme. 


2. Be cautious with patterns.

Now, I LOVE a good floral or a flannel, but an abundance of pattern can be very distracting in a family photo. When looking at an image, you want the eye to be drawn to your family's faces--not the pattern that they're wearing. (Note: this applies especially to the kiddos. Clothing items for little ones tend to be brightly colored, patterned, or have television characters--a big distraction in family photos. It can be helpful to find solids, neutrals, or subtle patterns for them). That being said, a bit of pattern that corresponds with the color scheme can work very well! It's all about balance.


3. Look for clothing collections.

Often times, stores will have color-coordinating collections for the whole family. It can be helpful to try and shop at the same store for everyone. If that isn't a possibility, you can bring along a piece of clothing that you've already purchased for your session as a reference to help coordinate the rest of your clothing purchases!


4. Keep your location in mind.

Make sure to plan your wardrobe to coordinate with your venue and the current season. For instance, you wouldn't want to wear bright colors and patterns with a backdrop of brilliantly colored fall leaves, or beige and white in a very neutrally colored field of tall grass.


5. Go for timeless.

When selecting your clothes for your session, try to think about something that you're still going to love 10 years from now. Aim for a classic look that won't come and go. Avoid clothes that are very distinctively trendy, because trends tend to date your photos.

For Maternity


The biggest priority when dressing for a maternity shoot is to make sure you're comfortable in whatever you're wearing--don't wear anything that will limit your ability to move. Also, use discretion when choosing pieces that could be hazardous for falls (for instance, high heels, excessively long gowns, etc.).  

Some of my favorite recommendations for maternity shoot wardrobes are maxi dresses, empire waisted tops and gowns, belted tops, loose, flowy blouses, and clothing items with nice textures and patterns. Be sure to consider the current season and your shooting location before choosing your outfit(s). I always suggest going for a timeless look that can be enjoyed for years to come!

Note: If you are planning maternity photos that will include the whole family, you can refer to the tips for Family Wardrobe Inspiration at the top of the page!


For Seniors

1. Show off your personality.

For your senior portraits, make sure to wear something that reflects YOU! You'll want to treasure these memories and remember this point in your life forever, so find an outfit that compliments who you are and what you love! Just remember to dress for the season and the location where we'll be shooting.


2. Do what you love.

If you're a member of a sports team, bring your uniform and your ball, bat, or stick! If you play an instrument, have a sash or crown from homecoming court, let's include them! You want your personality and the things you're passionate about to stand out in your photos. Also, bring along your cap and gown for those awesome graduate shots!


3. Don't be afraid to have fun!

Senior portraits are meant to display who you are and what you love. Feel free to have some fun! Bring confetti, balloons, bubble gum for blowing mega bubbles, or a sentimental item that is special to you to include in your photos.