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. Neutral and muted colors are great for four reasons - 1. they avoid any color tones being cast onto the skin, 2. photograph well in all locations, 3. they are timeless, and 4. they will match your home decor once photos are framed. I recommending choosing two main colors and adding shades + patterns for interest. Try to avoid repeating the same color more than once (so that bodies don't blend into one another).

Consider Location 

Regarding color - if we're photographing at a location with lots of trees, I recommend bright neutrals like white and light blue. This will ensure that you pop against the background (so avoid black, navy, and dark denim here). If we're at home, draw inspiration from your home decor. 

 

Pattern Play

Try laying everyone's outfits out to see how they work together; one or two subtle patterns in your color palette 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! (Tip: very small, busy stripes can have a strange effect on camera, so I recommend avoiding this.)

Texture & Movement

Pro tip: vary materials! For example, if dad's wearing corduroys, maybe mom wears a satin skirt and the boys wear khakis and overalls. For women, I always recommend long skirts or dresses when possible because they are flattering and photograph beautifully; they flow when you walk, still look great when you sit, and don't bunch or pull on your legs like pants often do. Satin is a nice, unexpected option.

Feel Free to Get Fancy - or Not!

Feel free to go casual, or dress to the nines; evening gowns look beautiful in outdoor settings. Most importantly, wear what you feel your best in.

Dressing Toddlers & Babies

For infants, I love the look of a plain onesie (especially white) or a knit one-piece outfit (like this one). You can accessorize with a coordinating bonnet or stockings, too. I also love knotted sleep dresses for newborns (like this one by Solly Baby). For children under two, I suggest a onesie/bodysuit as opposed to a t-shirt, as they are quite active and t-shirts can often bunch or ride up over the belly.