While there are no hard and fast rules, some clothes generally photograph better than others. Here are a few tips to help you decide on your best outfit for the day.
Try to coordinate colours so they work well together. Choose a palette of three to four colours that complement each other and mix it up, including pants, tops and accessories. You want a cohesive feel without being too ‘matchy-matchy’.
Avoid clothing with logos or images on them, since they date quickly. Mixing patterns and textures is great, just try to steer clear of very busy and contrasty patterns, which can distract from the main subject of the photo — you! A good tip is to limit a patterned item it to just one piece of clothing. For example, pair solid pants with a patterned top or a solid top with a patterned scarf.
If you prefer jeans, then wear them! Jeans have been around for more than 100 years and are timeless. Combine them with a nice top and some accessories, and you’re good to go!
Make sure that everyone in the photo is dressed for the same season. For example, if one person is wearing a jacket, it will look a little wonky if another is wearing shorts and a T-shirt.
Generally, sleeveless shirts and shorts on adults tend not to flatter, but layered clothing is fabulous. Layered clothing is the easiest way to get varied looks from your photo session.
Accessories like colourful scarves, headbands, necklaces, boots and earrings are a great choice — anything that’s unique to you and your family is awesome. Even bring a few of your children’s favourite toys. Not only are they great props, but kids love to have something to do, which can make the session run smoother.
Don’t try to push kids into wearing something they don’t want to. Casual clothing works better both for their moods and for the final photos. We want to capture their personalities and how they are at this moment in time — and it’s those unique shots that you will come to treasure as they grow up (we all cherish photos where we dressed ourselves as kids!). Also, remember that we may sit on the pavement or roll in the grass and do some fun stuff, so choose your children’s outfits accordingly.
Wear something you feel comfortable in, and something that makes you feel beautiful and confident. If you don’t normally wear dresses and high heels, it’s probably not a good idea to wear them on the day of your portrait session. Be yourself!
If you’re still stuck, and can’t choose between several outfits or not sure whether your colours will work — bring them along (or have them ready if the session is taking place in your home), or take some snaps and email the pictures and I’ll help you choose the ones that will work best. I've also created a Pinterest board to give you some great examples.