The days of jeans and matching t-shirts are LONG gone (thankfully). But the question of what to wear to your portrait session still remains. Enter Pinterest! Now, all you have to do is scroll. And scroll … and scroll, and then scroll some more. Ok, we love Pinterest as much as the next guy but sometimes it can be overwhelming!
The last thing you need is to to be stressed out about outfits! So we decided to put together a few of our pro tips to help guide and inspire you! The best part is all of these tips work whether you’re doing portraits for the entire extended family, senior portraits, or the two of you for your engagement session!
Keep it classic – Flattering silhouettes and classic styles are hands down the best choice! We want you to love your photos forever, not cringe when you recall the trendy choice you made back in the day!
Opt for muted colors and minimal patterns – Bright colors can cast hues onto the skin creating unnatural skin tones so we always suggest softer lighter shades. We love sophisticated light neutrals like mauve, gray, cream and leather brown. Patterns can be fun, however, on camera they can translate as clashing not only with each other, but also with the environment around you. We suggest keeping patterns minimal.
For her – Long flowy dresses with a defined waist are our number one choice! Why? Because dresses are designed to flatter the female body! The classic silhouette of dresses provide a beautiful elevated sophistication for your images. Also, many style trends fall shy of appropriate. We always suggest selecting modest styles that are classy and classic to ensure you love the way you look in your photos!
For him – Our best tip for men is layers! Why? Jackets and blazers provide a sophisticated and masculine look for men, even when paired with jeans. It will also add some visual interest and allow for coordination with her outfit(s). Leather dress shoes are a great finishing touch to almost every men’s look!
For the littles – The best advice we have for kids is advanced preparation. Setting expectations and offering a reward for good behavior goes a long way. Ice cream anyone? It also helps if they are well rested and have full tummies, too!
Ok, on to wardrobe ideas … We recommend dressier than average options even for the littlest of littles. Kids’ outfits provide an excellent tie-in between mom and dad’s outfits. For instance: if mom is in a mauve dress and dad is in tan slacks, a button down shirt and a navy blazer, daughter could be in a cute dress with mauve flowers and a navy bow in her hair, and a son could wear navy slacks, a white shirt, suspenders and green striped bowtie.
Breaking the Rules
This is where Pinterest will be your best friend. Bold colors and multiple patterns can totally go together if it’s done right! A great example of this is Christmas photos! A fun plaid print paired with stripes and a pop of color to tie it all together can make for a really cute Christmas card! The only things we suggest is to keep pattern styles to a minimum. If you have a family of five and everyone is in bold stripes, dots, plaid and florals it can look pretty chaotic on camera.
Bonus tip: Texture (like lace or a cable knit sweater) is a GREAT option to add some visual interest to your images without adding another pattern.
The bottom line
Our biggest goal is for you to enjoy your experience in front of our cameras and love your images. At the end of the day, the outfits you choose won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make together. We want your session to be a time for you to be yourselves and enjoy it! Have fun together and laugh a lot! We’ll take care of the rest.
For more pro tips check out our post on two easy secrets for better photos!