10 Easy Tips for Styling Your Session
Most people have a hard time coming up with a solid, coordinating outfit choice for their photo session. It can be stressful, but it does not need to be! Here are a few tips to help you choose a beautiful wardrobe for you and your family. The days of all matching white shirts and jeans/khaki pants are a thing of the past! Embrace yourselves as you are, your favourite looks, prints and layers. I hope this blog post is helpful to you!
Choose simple and soft colours
Steer clear of fluorescent colours as they tend to colour cast on faces, neck and hair. I always recommend versions of primary colours. White shirts generally wash people out in photos, so choose a cream colour if you want to stay in that colour scheme.
Choose a colour that complements your location
I would try to stay away from too much green if you are having your photos taken in the woods/forest. It can just be overwhelming with the amount of green. As an accent colour, it can be great though! You would rather stand out amongst the greenery rather than blend in.
Start with one outfit for one person
It will help you get the flow going for the rest of the wardrobe choices that you need to make, i.e. for your family or significant other. From there, build everyone else's outfit. For example, if mom is wearing a coloured floral dress, pick colours from within the pattern of the dress and coordinate the other members of the family with an individual colour from the dress. So it all flows and ties in to each other. If you need help with this aspect, I would love to help!
Wear what you feel good in
This tip is for the entire family. If you or your family are not comfortable in what you are wearing, it will show through the photos. If you are not a dress person, rock a pair of skinny jeans! Don't feel like you need to wear high heels if you aren't comfortable in them. Wear comfortable flats/sandals or a pair of boots. Be confident and comfortable in what you are wearing!
Layer, layer, layer
Layers add dimension and depth. In the summer, layer your dress with a cardigan, or a cute belt or necklace. In the fall or winter, thicker cardigans or scarves help you stay cozy but keep you looking stylish as well!
Coordinating is a must - not matching
Coordinating colours is what really makes a wardrobe unified. Pick two to three colours that are flattering for everyone, and maybe one accent colour. Work these colours into each family member's outfit in varying degrees. Matchy-matchy is just a big NO! A group of people in the same outfit is very 1990's, am I right?
Minimal wardrobe for newborn sessions
This would be the time I would recommend to keep everyone's wardrobe very simple. You do not want anyone's clothing to overshadow the little person that the focus is about. I definitely recommend grey, black or white/cream colours. A little bit of colour is also okay, as it adds a little something to the photos, but doesn't overpower the baby.
Keep it simple
Simple colours, simple tones. One print/pattern as a rule of thumb, and no logo branding on clothing. For example, no GAP hoodies, or Old Navy splashed on the front of a T-Shirt. It can truly ruin a photography, as your eye will go straight to those words, therefore deeming it the most important part of the photo. Logos/words are distracting.
Accessories are good
They can lend pops of colour, interest and personality to a photo. Everyone wears them well and they work for all ages. Just do not go overboard. Keep it to one or two statement pieces. This could include hats, scarves, jewelry, belts, etc...
Lay everything out together
Think of a flat lay. Lay everyone's outfit on the ground together and see if it coordinates and if it looks good altogether. Trust your gut, if something feels off - it probably is. You can absolutely send me the photo of the flat lay, and we can work together to make sure it will look great with the location we have chosen!
I hope these tips help you with your wardrobe styling for your next photo session! I will be posting more styling tips throughout the season, so stay tuned!