I often get asked whenever I have a family photo session booked what my recommendations are for clothing suggestions.  To help with this inquiry I’ve put together the following tips that I hope will help when answering this question.

 

What is your goal with your session?

One major thing to consider whenever you are having photos done is what is your goal with the session?  Are you planning on enlarging the photos to hang on your walls for example in your living room & if so what is the feel & décor of this room?  Review the environment closely that you plan to place your photos in.  Look for complementary colours that will work well & consider matching the clothing colours to the environment the enlargements will be placed in.

 

 

Should we all match/co-ordinate our outfits & what colours should we go with?

Having a session where everyone is matching (i.e. white shirts with blue jeans) tends to be overkill for my liking.  If this is your preference however, I’m not going to stop you.  However, I feel colours that tend to complement each other tend to work best.  Take the colour wheel for example, colours that are directly next to each other (i.e. violet & blue-violet) or directly across from each other (i.e. blue & orange) make great combinations.   Coordinating colours this way is the best solution.  Browns are neutral tones & tend to go with pretty much with anything.  Just avoid bright colours as they can be a bit overpowering & distracting for a session.

Whenever I purchase clothing items for my son I often look to clothing manufacturers with matching clothing collections that also includes accessories as well.  It just makes things easier for me doing it this way & a lot of children clothing manufacturers offer complimentary items that go well together.

What about patterns & trendy fashions?

Limit the use of patterns in the session as they tend to be more of a distraction to the photo.  I also recommend staying away from highly trendy fashions as they tend to date your session.  Logos or characteratures on shirts can also be distracting too & I would recommend avoiding them as well.  Choosing selections that are simple & classic will give your photos a timeless feel.

 

 

Should we accessorize?

Absolutely!  Adding layers such as scarfs add great texture to a photo.  If your little guy will put on that bow tie, let’s do it!  Again, focus on complimentary colours & choose items that do not distract from the photo.

What backgrounds are we working with?

If we have a studio session booked, let’s chat more about the type of backdrops I have available & coordinate the clothing colour selections that complements those backdrops.  If we have an outdoor session for example booked in the dead of winter, I wouldn’t recommend wearing all white snowsuits for example.  We don’t want you to fade or blend into your background.

 

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