What to Wear Guide
Thank you so much for booking with us! We are so excited to capture your family! This What to Wear Guide will be your best friend when planning out the look and style for your family. In it you'll find tips and tricks when choosing wardrobe, what not to wear, and how to dress for your body type.
Steer Clear of Fluorescents. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast o faces, necks, and hair. They're harsh, especially in sunlight. If you like brighter colors, we recommend primary colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blues (navy, royal) photograph beautifully.
To get the flow going with the wardrobe, start with one outfit that you really like. From there, build from it for everyone else.
Wear what you feel good in! Moms and dads, this tip is for you specifically. If you aren't comfortable in what you've chosen for pictures, it will show. If you can't find a dress you feel good in, but you rock a good pair of skinny jeans, do that.
Purchase clothes to fit -- and fit well. I know we all have a hard time buying clothes for our kiddos that don't leave a lot of room for growth, seeing as they do grow so fast. However, a too large polo, saggy ill-fitting jeans or a jacket that's falling off the shoulders looks sloppy in photos. Most likely, you'll be purchasing outfits specifically for pictures, so choose something that fits perfectly, or even just a little bit snug. Make it look tailored. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers. A too-big jean jacket will not compliment shape, rather it hides.
Matching is out. Coordinating is in. And anything goes! We know your family is together. We're photographing you as a unit! Wearing the same colored shirt, pants, shoes, ets. Looks a bit awkward. coordinating colors is what really brings wardrobe together. I usually choose two main colors of wardrobe, and maybe one accent pop color. [insert prefered example here] Also, mixing stripes with plaids and tweeds [?] is okay! Expression is important. We want to see your personality through your wardrobe.
Tips for Different body shapes (for women)
Maxi dresses are flattering on every body type. Keep that in mind while shopping! Maxi dresses are usually a slam dunk for shoots, and they're so versitile. Add a belt, or a cardi.
Take a friend shopping with you. THey will see you better than you see yourself when trying on clothes. If he/she tells you it looks great, believe them! After all, We're our own worst critics.
Flaunt your best asset. If you're self conscious about your arms, wear a sleeve. If your stomach is your problem area, a flowy top is great to hide it. If you love your legs, wear a short skirt or dress! Don't be scared to show all your favorite assests.
Child Wardrobe tips
Timeless always has a place. We love when our clients show up to a shoot with the most simple and timeless of outfits. A smock dress that belonged to Great-Grandma. A plain white lace dress with a simple bow. A plain diaper cover. These outfits (or lack thereof) will always stand the test of time, and will never go out of style.
Dress your kiddos in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow. Even if your child may only wear the outfit for a few months, it'll look much better than putting them in something that they still neeed to grow into. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers. A too-big jean jacket, blazer, sweat shirt, sweater or hoodie will not compliement shape. It looks sloppy.
Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe. If you have the cutest little trousers and button down for your son to wear for pictures, but slap his favorite pair of Disney tennis shoes on him, it makes the whole look lose cohesiveness. Stay away from character shoes, flip flops, and crocs. My recommendations or shoes are booths, leather sandals (just say "no" to Old Navy flip flops), Converse All-Stars, Toms, Sperry's, Mary Janes, and Willits. And always, barefoot is an adorable option, especially with babies. I'd much rather see bare feet than the bottom of their shoes.
Remember, coordinating your childrens' outfits is key. No matching!
Layers are just as important for child wardrobe as it is for yours. Hats, glasses, vests, bow ties, cardigans, tights or leggings under a skirt. I do recommend making the outer layer (blazer, cardi, jacket) fit snugly. I usually purchase the outer laters one size smaller than normal, because they tend to run on the bigger side.
For babies, toddlers and older girls, I always recommend keeping hair accessories simple. When they are too big (think "gerber daisy" big), it distracts from their faces. The only time I think you can get away with a bigger hair accessory is when the child has lots of hair, or long hair. Even if your baby girl doesn't have a ton of hair, don't feel the need to hide that adorable head behind a huge head piece that makes her angry because she's pulling it off every few seconds. Simple and dainty is just as pretty and understated.
The most important part of putting together your child's wardrobe is allowing their personality to come through in what they're wearing. if your daughter has a favorite pair of boots, let her wear them (at least in a few pictures). If your son prefers to run around naked to being fully clothed, we'll let him strip down at the end of the session. If your child loves to wear hats and sunglasses, bring them! whatever makes your child their own adorable, individual self, let's focus on those things. Yes, we all want our children to look adorable and fully polished for photos. I'm not recommending you don't brush your daughter's hair or forget wiping off the smudged PB&Joff your toddler's face, but allow them to have a little bit of input when planning their wardrobe as well. ANd never say, "no" to bringing their favorite things along. Photographers want to capture those too.