What NOT to wear to your photo session.
things that match down to the shoes. the days of everyone wearing khaki pants and a white shirt...gone.
one exact color. Especially solid RED or NEON colors. UGH neon.... Just. Don't. Do. It.
stuffy un tailored suits and ties and fluffy frilly uncomfortable dresses (unless its a styled session). If the person is uncomfortable, it will show up in the photo. .
shirts with logo's or distracting pictures on them. (i.e. shirts that say "GAP", "OLD NAVY", has a comic book character, or a popular kids character) This is just distracting in a photo. It also takes away from that "timeless" look.
sneakers. When a family neglects their choice of shoes, it throws the whole picture off. Rightly said by Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid Love, “Are you in a fraternity? Are you Steve Jobs, the billionaire CEO of Apple? No? Then you have no reason to wear New Balance shoes. Ever!” ... and if you show up wearing them I will probably make you do your entire shoot barefoot...everyone because that is the way it would have to be if one...Dad, um..I mean one person wears them everyone will be barefoot. Okay I can't make you go barefoot but trust my advice and come accordingly!
WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR PHOTO SESSION.
COORDINATED POP'S OF COLOR. ESTABLISH A BASE COLOR, LIKE GREY, AND THEN ACCENT WITH 1 OR 2 SPLASHES OF COLOR, LIKE YELLOW OR TURQUOISE. NOT EVERYONE NEEDS TO WEAR THE ACCENT COLOR. FOR EXAMPLE, THE DAD AND SON MIGHT JUST BE WEARING GREY AND BLACK WHILE THE GIRLS IN THE FAMILY BRING IN THE COLOR SPLASHES IN THEIR OUTFITS.
LAYERED CLOTHING. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS THIS MAY BE DIFFICULT BUT DOING IT IN THE OTHER SEASONS BRINGS MORE VISUAL APPEAL AND INTEREST TO YOUR PHOTO'S. START WITH A PLAIN SHIRT THEN ADD A SWEATER OR JACKET. FOR A GUY, WEAR A LONG SLEEVE SHIRT UNDER A BUTTON UP WITH THE SLEEVES ROLLED UP.
COMBINED COLORS AND PATTERNS. ANOTHER WAY TO GAIN MORE VISUAL APPEAL IS TO THROW IN SOME PATTERNS THAT COORDINATE WITH YOUR COLOR SPLASHES. FOR EXAMPLE, A COOL PLAID SHIRT ON A GUY OR A PATTERN T-SHIRT UNDER A JACKET OR SWEATER FOR A GIRL.
ACCESSORIES. HAT'S, LEG WARMERS (FOR LITTLE GIRLS), SCARVES, NECKLACES, ETC. ADDING THESE TRINKETS HELPS TO BRING IN YOUR OWN FAMILY STYLE AND PERSONALITY.
SOMETHING THAT IS FLATTERING ON YOU. THIS MAY SOUND LIKE A "GIVEN" BUT I'M SURPRISED TO HEAR A LOT OF MOM'S WHO COME TO THEIR FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT AND COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW THEY "HATE" THEIR ARMS BUT YET ARE WEARING A SHORT CROPPED SLEEVE THAT DRAWS ATTENTION THEIR ARMS! SO IF YOU ARE SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT YOUR ARMS, WEAR A LONG SLEEVE OR 3/4 SLEEVE. THE SAME GOES FOR ALL OTHER PARTS YOU MAY "HATE". FLATTER THEM WITH THE RIGHT CLOTHING. IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE, YOU WILL LOOK COMFORTABLE IN THE PHOTO'S.
LETS TALK PROPS!
I wanted to talk a little about incorporating props into your session because props and your outfit choices go hand in hand. I am not a prop junkie at all but I do like to keep it simple with the exception of a good styled session every now and then. Typically I have small things I'll incorporate as I see fit just to add a little detail to an image or I'll pre plan with you a specific shot that involves specific props or sometimes pets. If you have props planned for your session please let me know ahead of time preferably before you buy them. Send me pictures. I will give you my most honest opinion on whether or not they will go well with your session and hoping that you hired me because you love my style and trust in me to provide you with amazing wall art, you will know that I am up front and honest because I want you to get the most from your session.