Portrait Session Styling Tips

Tips to consider when choosing your wardrobe

Start With a Color Palette

Ladies, I recommend starting with your outfit first! Pick something you feel great wearing, like a beautiful dress or statement piece (Rent the Runway can be a fun option for something special). Then, choose outfits in shades that coordinate with yours. I love neutral, muted tones are timeless and will match your home decor once photos are framed. I recommend choosing one or two main colors and adding different shades + patterns for interest. Try to avoid repeating the exact same color so that bodies don't blend into one another!

Consider Location 

When choosing colors, consider location. If we're photographing at a location with lots of trees, bright neutrals will help you and your family stand out against the background, whereas black, navy, and dark denim will make you look lost. If we're photographing at your home, draw inspiration from your home's decor when selecting your wardrobe!

 

Pattern Play

Try laying everyone's outfits out to see how they work together. One or two subtle patterns within your color palette can round out the look and add interest. I recommend at least one pattern for families of 2-3. Any two patterns don't need to be alike, either! Mixing patterns is good! 

Texture & Movement

Vary your fabric choices! Using fabrics like corduroy, satin, lace, and knits within your color palette can add interest.  I also love flowy skirts, dresses, & even wide-legged pants because their movement photographs beautifully. Longer skirts allow moms to be comfortable and active while still appearing romantic on camera. 

Feel Free to Get Fancy - or Not!

Your family's love for each other will shine through whether you're dressed to the nines or barefoot in denim. Prior to your session, we will create a vision for your family photos centered around what your family is all about. Most importantly, you will want to wear what you all feel your best in!

Brands I Love

Kids and Babies: Rylee & Cru, Zara Kids, Bonpoint, La Coqueta Kids, NoraleeLittle Planet by Carters, Primary, Dear James

Maternity & Postpartum: Nothing Fits But, Sleeper

Dresses: Rent the RunwayEnglish FactoryRiver IslandReformation, ASTR