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what to wear

So what are you going to wear for your photo shoot? A lot of clients ask me what the best type of outfit/which colors are best. Here are a few tips to help you with your photo shoot wardrobe!

General tips:

1. Wear what you feel good in! It will be hard to relax and be yourself if you aren't comfortable in what you've chosen to wear. If you feel great in a dress, wear a dress! If you love yourself in a good pair of skinny jeans, do that!

2. Details. It is often the little "extras" that complete a great outfit. Jewelry, scarves, hair pieces, etc can really add a lot to an otherwise boring outfit. Layer, layer, layer! This will give your photos more depth. Layer your dress with a belt and cute necklace. Fall or winter weather? Pull out the scarves, cardigans, blazers, or hats.

3. Coordinate. This is not to be confused with "match." Gone are the days when everyone wearing a polo shirt and khakis is considered a good idea. Coordinate colors - usually picking 2 or 3 base colors and maybe one accent color is a good idea. This also works great with neutrals.

4. Avoid neon colors. They can cause the color to reflect onto your face or someone else's face and is not very flattering.

5. Too much green can be problematic. If you are planning on having your pictures taken where there is a lot of green, avoid wearing green. It can look great as an accent color, but don't make it one of your primary colors or you might get lost in the background.

6. To get started, pick one outfit you really like. From there you can build your family's outfits.

7. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns. Stripes and floral? Plaid and tweed? Sure! Just put it together and see how you feel in it. It is important to express yourself in your photos - do what feels great to you!

8. Feedback is a great idea. Go shopping with your friends if you want. Also, don't be afraid to send me pictures and ask what I think. I am not a fashion expert, but I have an idea of what looks good in photos :).

For kids:

1. Dress them in what fits them best. As moms we often like to buy clothes that our kids will "grow into." Avoid the baggy, looser fitting clothes that still need more growing (no matter how much you like it!) and opt for the outfit that fits your child now.

2. Layering is important for the kids too. Leggings under skirts, vests, bows, hats, bow-ties, glasses, suspenders, cardigans, etc. Again, make sure they fit - especially the outmost layer needs to fit snug.

3. Keep the hairpieces simple. Unless your girl has loads of hair, a big hairpiece will only distract from her face. Keep it simple, dainty, and classy.

4. Make sure they are comfortable. Whining kids might make for some fun(ny) pictures, but not the ones you want to put on the wall.

5. Not feeling like going for a trendy outfit? That's fine! Simple, elegant, timeless outfits will never go out of style. A lacy white dress and bow? Always adorable. Simple diaper cover? Precious!

Newborn shoots:

1. Simplicity is best. To avoid distracting from the sweet innocence of the new baby, I recommend mom and dad wear grey, white, or black. If there is a sibling and you'd like them in a color, maybe choose a pastel pink or blue - not enough to overpower the baby, but enough to give a gentle pop of color.




2. Dainty, small bows are best. We don't want to distract from the perfect little nose, mouth, and eyes of your new baby!



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