I often have clients ask me… “what should we wear?” My answer is always, “something coordinated, but not too matchy-matchy.” In an effort to help you, as a client, and as a reader, I’d like to share some tips in how to dress for your Custom Portrait Session. I’ll be using my own clothes, that I have purchased for portrait purposes to help illustrate my advice.
I often tell clients and friends to find a nice bright patterned piece of clothing and put that on one person in the group. Then you pull the colors from that pattern and dress everyone else around it. I, personally, like a blend of brights and neutrals. The following two photos represent two family-type outfits with a boy and a girl. Now, I’m also *that mom* who matches her two boys. So I have no problem with doubling up on the boy’s outfit, or possibly in your case, the girl’s outfit.
This top collection is perfect for a more natural-type setting of tall grass. The colors are what you might find in nature. The second collection is more suited for an urban-type setting. I know for a fact that there will be some All Star Converse shoes with that collection. ;)
One pattern, the colors pulled from it for everyone else. Please feel free to get funky with accessories and shoes.
The next two photos show just samples of sibling session possibilities. The first is more winter, the second more summer. The first would be great with a third child in chocolate brown. The second, I think that a third child can match and duplicate the polo or dress again.
Now I’m going to show you the above principles/ tips in practice with my own family photos from last year. One pattern, the colors pulled from it for everyone else, a blend of brights and neutrals.
Coordinated, but not too matchy-matchy.
Now where do I find these clothes? Everywhere, I shop around. But I have the best luck at Gap, Old Navy, Gymboree, CrewCuts, and Anthropologie.
Hopefully this helps you. I’d love to hear if it does. :)