More than any other question, I am always asked by clients what they should wear to their family session. What you wear sets the tone for your pictures, so choosing your outfits can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! The most important thing to remember is that your clothing should reflect your own personal style, you should feel comfortable and wear what makes you feel good.
01 ALWAYS FEEL COMFORTABLE
The most important thing to rememeber is that your clothing should reflect your own personal style, you should feel comfortable and wear something that makes you genuinely confident and happy. If you feel good, you will look good! Choose clothing that gives you freedom of movement and won’t require a lot of maintenance throughout your session.
02 CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR
When you are picking a color scheme please bear in mind that these colors will be the colors displaying on your wall so you would like your images match with the interior of your house.
03 CONSIDER YOUR LOCATION
Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. You don’t want to blend with your background. If you want natural looking, relaxed images, dress in a way that’s appropriate for your location.
I recommend that you start by selecting a base of 2-3 colors and carry those through the outfits so that everything “goes” together but doesn’t match. Keep in mind that the colors you choose for each family member do not have to match, but they should look nice together. Mix neutrals with some accent colors. Neutral colors create a soft and elegant style, and will give your images a timeless feel.
05 START WITH ONE PERSON FIRST
My advice is to start with mum’s outfit first. This will set the pace for the rest of the family’s wardrobe. When you are choosing your outfit, try mixing it up with textures : tulle skirt, lace dress, denim jacket, etc…
06 IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Professional hair and makeup is a splurge but it is decision you will never regret. What better excuse to pamper yourself than a photo session? The more confident you feel with the way you look, the more relaxed you will be in your photos.
Check your finger nails, you do not want chipped nail polish because it can be seen. If you are wearing sandals, make sure you have a pedicure too.
Remember to iron the outfits. You are investing time and money into a custom portrait session, take the time to ensure everything has been reviewed.
Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe and they make the whole look cohesive Choose colors and styles that coordinate with the choice of your outfits. Steer clear of flip-flops, runners/sneakers, or shoes that are too worn out.
Below is a mood board for inspiration when shopping for your portrait session’s wardrobe this Spring. Click on the links to shop for exact pieces.
Mama dress: Worth Collective (currently on sale for $68)
Girl dress: Zara (sizes 9 months – 6 years) – $35.90
Knit sweater: Zara (sizes 9 months – 5 years) – $25.90
Shorts: Zara (sizes 9 months – 6 years) – $22.90
Ready to book your portrait session? Both Signature and Simplicity Sessions are available. Wardrobe assistance is included for all clients who book a session with Yvonne Niemann Photography. Just one less thing you have to worry about! Inquire for details. firstname.lastname@example.org | 706.713.0676 Session availability is updated on Instastories regularly. Check it out HERE.