What to Wear for a Family Photo Session

Family, Maternity, Newborn

What to wear for a family photo session…it’s some mom’s worst nightmare. I get it, styling isn’t a natural talent of mine, but following a few tips helps make it easier.⁣⁣

Tips for Dressing for the Camera

1. Plan ahead and make sure everyone involved is thrilled about what he or she is going to wear for the photo session. It’s the only way you’ll keep loving your photos year in and year out! ⁣⁣
2. The golden rule: mom gets to choose what she wears first and everyone else coordinates around her. ⁣⁣
3. Texture and clothes that move are the camera’s best friend. (think linen, silk, knit, flowy dresses, etc.) ⁣⁣
4. Don’t be afraid of print and color, but opt for smaller prints rather than larger prints.⁣⁣
5. Less formal looks lend themselves to more comfort + more authenticity for everyone to move, snuggle, run, and be themselves.⁣⁣
6. Choose a color scheme* that coordinates and includes a mix of neutrals, a light pattern and something that adds texture or movement.

Colors That Look Good on Camera & With My Editing Style

I will admit, if you dress in a neutral, light color palette, I will thank you a hundred times while editing! There are less color casts and adjustments to make. It just works well with style. But I get it, color can add another dimension to your photos and sometimes it feels right!⁣⁣ So if you’re a color lover, follow these guidelines when planning your outfits to fit into my editing style and create beautiful images.

⁣⁣Opt for:

  • Cream over white (White isn’t bad, but solid white tends to photograph with a blue cast. If you go with white, limit solid white to one person)⁣⁣
  • Mauve/pale pink over bright pink⁣⁣
  • Teal/faint blue pops of navy over royal blue⁣⁣
  • Burgundy over red⁣⁣
  • Rust over orange ⁣⁣
  • Tan/brown over black

*For newborn sessions, always choose light colored clothing. Babies have translucent skin that absorbs color on camera when you are holding them close.

Interested in a session? Contact me today to book yours. Also, check out my tips for how to prepare your children for a photo session.

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