What To Wear & How To Prepare For Your Photo Shoot
I like to say that simple goes a long way! Keep the focus on the subject. Simple clothing choices are best for creating timeless portraits. Avoid busy patterns or logos/words. Spiderman & Princesses are fun for playtime, but can look out of place for your child’s portraits. Jeans, overalls, sun/slip dresses, khakis are classics and photograph really well. I especially like boys in jeans and plains tees, and girls in simple sundresses if the weather will allow it.
Hats can also be very effective as well as other accessories such as scarves or trendy belts. If children are being photographed together, clothes that are similar in style give a more coordinated look. Bare feet are especially fun, and kids love it too. If shoes are preferred, please make sure they are in good shape, and not scuffed. Consider dressing in the color white sparingly, as it often reflects light strongly.
I love bare skin for newborns and babies. You may have other clothes to put on baby, but keep in mind that a baby may get grouchy when there are too many clothing changes. Diaper covers are a great idea too!
If you want a trendier look for your child, I am all for it. I love the timeless looks in the clothing mentioned above, but also enjoy photographing a session with a more “hip” feel to it. We can always do both :) However, I still caution against bold logos or cartoon characters on clothing.
Family photographs are special, a legacy of whom your family was for future generations to enjoy. Clothing choices are just as important for family sessions. I would highly recommend clothing for each family member that has the same tone, not necessarily the same color. Please be wary of stripes, plaid, words and logos on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family. Oh, and bare feet are great for family sessions too!
In conclusion, clothing choices are important. As your photographer, I want you to see who your child is, and not just what outfit they were wearing. Clothing should compliment your child’s look, not complicate it.