It’s way easier to visualise the whole puzzle once you know what one piece looks like. Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tends to have more colors and prints.
Coordinating colors but not matching
All black shirts and jeans or white shirts and khaki pants are long past! We want colors that generally complement each other.
Look at your home decor
If the coloring of your location and/or clothes will look funky in your home, don't do it! Look at the coloring in your home and decide which location and clothes will look the best.
Consider your background
Let your clothing match your surroundings. You do not want to blend into the background but you also do not want to look out of place.
Be careful with patterns
Don't have too many patterned shirts (plaid, floral, etc.). Break it up with some solids.
Feel free to layer and use textures
Try adding on a jean jacket or a cute scarf. You could add a blazer or even a cute flower crown. Make it your own!
Stick with just one outfit
Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be. All you need is one outfit. Changing outfits will take time away from your shoot and can put your kids in a grumpy mood.
Purchase kids clothes together
Try purchasing clothes for children from the same store, see if there are clothing collections. I suggest doing this because most likely they will have the same color schemes available that will allow you to coordinate your outfits better.
Let the kids have input
If your daughter hates wearing dresses, don’t force her to wear one! If you son hates bowties then forget it! Happy kids make for happy photos!
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. Try on your clothes well in advance! Consider the weather.
Say No To
This is not golf or tennis time.
Characters and logos
They can be distracting.
Be careful with black and white
Don't have the whole family only wear black and white. Break it up with some other colors. If you love white, try off-white or ivory instead.
Too baggy or too tight
Wear properly fitted clothing that will show off your shape.
You're going to a photo shoot, not a basketball game. Leave them at home!
Even if you are planning on using these images for your holiday cards, that way you can enjoy your pictures year round!
Button down or structured shirts generally look better in photos. If you have your heart set on a t-shirt try layering a blazer on top.
Say Yes to
Maxi dresses, fitted tops tucked into long skirts, a-line dresses/coats, skinny jeans, cardigans, blazers, scarves, ankle boots, etc.
Say No to
Strapless, sleeveless (unless you love your arms), low-cut shirts, baggy clothes, tight clothes.
Say Yes to
Blazers, button-downs with sleeves rolled up to elbows, sweaters layered over collared shirts, dark wash jeans, khaki jeans, leather shoes/boots.