One of the questions I get asked the most before a photo session is “what should we wear?” Sometimes I’m a little hesitant to answer that question because I believe that your photos should be a reflection of who you are as individuals and as a family. If you’re laid back and carefree, then putting on heels and a dress probably isn’t going to give you images that you adore. But, if you’re trendy and a little daring, then why not mix it up and show off your fun side through your family photos? My favorite images are those that show who you truly are and your clothing is a reflection of that.
When asked, I always tell people to coordinate their outfits, but not to be too matchy-matchy. There are those who want the more traditional look, though, and that’s fine. But for those searching for inspiration, here’s a little bit of advice.
1. Be yourself.
2. Choose items that are flattering for your figure and things that you love. If mom has a favorite scarf that she feels beautiful in, then start with that and build the other outfits around it. Likewise, if big brother and little sister have cute matching shirts to wear, then start there.
3. Layer. My opinion is that layering always adds dimension to a photograph and can also make the subjects feel more at ease in front of the camera if they’re not worried about “problem areas” or a tucked in shirt.
4. Choose something timeless. We all can look back at those pictures for the church directory or school yearbook and say “what in the world was I thinking?” Chances are you may still do that when looking through pictures in 20 years, but if you go with sometime classic and timeless, those chances are slimmer. Of course, this rule doesn’t apply to senior photography. For seniors, show off your style. You’ll enjoy the laughs later!
5. Search the Internet and Pinterest for inspiration. There are tons of ideas out there with hot color combos. Don’t be afraid to replicate.
6. Choose colors that compliment your complexion. I know that yellow is not in my color palate. Should never, ever, ever, EVER be in my color palate. Chances are that the clothes in your closet will tell you what looks best on you. If you find yourself owning an overwhelming amount of blue, then perhaps it’s your color. Okay, maybe blue isn’t the best example since we do live in Kentucky and most of us have a ridiculous amount of the “correct” color blue hanging in our closets, but you get the drift.
Last, follow the color wheel.
The following advice came from fashionbombdaily.com.
“You can make the following combos using the color wheel as your guide:
1. Colors directly next to each other (i.e. yellow and yellow-orange; yellow and yellow-green; violet and blue-violet, etc.)
2. Colors that form right (90 degree) angles with each other (i.e. yellow and red-orange; blue and violet-red; green and orange, etc.)
3. Colors directly across from each other (i.e. yellow and violet; blue and orange; red and green, etc.)
4. Colors that form a T (i.e. blue, orange, and violet-red; yellow, violet, and red-orange; yellow, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)
5. Colors that form an X (i.e. blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)
Since brown is a neutral, it will go with virtually any color on the color wheel. I love to pair a chocolate brown with cobalt blue or fuchsia or bright red—such a fun and bold combo. Of course white, black, and the hues of blue found in denim are also neutrals that go with just about anything.”
Also, there are several photographers who have awesome “what to wear” boards. Here’s one of my favorites.