You are what you wear.
A little cliche? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.
Before we get going lets be clear what your clothing does NOT need to be:
1. Brand New
Im down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band Ts, and worn converse shoes as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
Unless its your thing (If its really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. If your heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl.
No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure… call me, and together, we will make sure you look fabulous. I promise.
I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiance, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all of that (and more) comfortably.
As for the kids? Well uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.
Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend.
Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.
Here’s where we pull it all together. Its not enough that everyone looks good and feels good you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.
Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).
Bottom Line: Its easier than it seems. Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you cant get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If were going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but well cross that bridge when we come to it).
If you’re still not certain, and you cant decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt, you’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. Heck, throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we will wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.
Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-Americas-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures.
Can you see it yet? I totally can. You look INCREDIBLE!
I can’t wait for your session.
(used with permission from the amazing Phoenix photographer Jeanette LeBlanc)