Of course the most important thing about your wardrobe during a shoot is comfort. If you aren’t comfortable with what you’re wearing, it will show in the photos. That doesn’t mean, however, that clothing isn’t important. In fact, a great outfit can enhance a shoot in many ways. It’s also a chance to try something new, different and fun!
Here are a couple general wardrobe tips (of course these ‘rules’ can be broken from time to time!):
- Bright, plain or patterned clothing is usually best for outdoor shoots. Saturated colours (like jewel tones) really pop against natural backgrounds and are flattering on most people. Plaids, polka dots, narrow stripes are all good options as well. White tends to wash light coloured skin out, especially up near the face.
- It is best to avoid clothing with large logos or cartoon characters on them (especially on children). This will keep the photos timeless and will keep the focus on the face.
- Textured fabrics look great in photos (think dark jeans, cords, knits, etc.)
- Accessories can add a punch of colour or personality to any outfit; think scarves, a chunky necklace, fun earrings, a vest (for cold weather shoots), a skinny belt, tall boots, a cute knitted hat on kids, etc. Of course, you don’t want your accessories to draw attention away from your face, but they really can complete your look.
- Men should avoid having anything in their pockets like cell phones or keys.
- If possible, contact lenses are better than glasses.
- It is not necessary for families to ‘match’; in fact, I recommend against it! You can choose options that ‘go’ together, but there’s so much you can do beyond the ‘white t-shirt and jeans’ look! Complimenting colours or a coordinating element (vests or dark jeans, for example) can be plenty to create a cohesive look. You want your personalities to shine through, so if your children like wearing a certain thing, let them, because you’ll want to remember this stage in their lives later on!
If you have any other questions about what to wear to a session or would like a few ideas emailed to you, please let me know. There are several places to get inspiration, including Pinterest, Google, etc.
My favourite local store for children’s clothing is Joe Fresh (from the Superstore). The clothing is affordable, trendy, and adorable!