A lot of people ask what they should wear to their photo session in Florida. After all, these photographs will become a staple in your family frames and albums for years to come. Here are 6 tips to help you plan your outfits for your family session.
I highly, highly, HIGHLY suggest mom choosing her outfit first. I also recommend dresses or skirts for moms and daughters not only because they allow so much movement but because they are usually light weight and keep you cooler throughout your session!
Choose soft colors, such as pink, light blue, lavender, yellow, etc. for dreamy looks. For a more dramatic look choose bold colors such as red, black, dark blue, purple or orange. Rust orange or deep teal are probably my two favorite colors to photograph!
Coordinate—but don’t be matchy/matchy
Choose a consistent color palette (which does not mean the same color). If someone is wearing a bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids, but be sure each carries one or more colors from the “star” outfit for consistency. I always recommend mom having the “star” outfit!
Scarves, hats, bows, bands…it all adds a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also a great place to coordinate looks. For example, if Mom is wearing a bright pattern with lavender, pink and gray, little brother can rock a pair a gray sneakers while Dad can choose a lavender vest and big sis with a pink headband.
Try for Texture
Layers and textures and can really add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with rich, simple detailing—embroidery, tweed, ribbons, etc—or layer pieces to add dimension and texture. Texture is especially important if you want a lot of black and white shots, which naturally need more visual depth and detail than color images. Also, because you’ll want to keep the pace going during your session, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes—pull off the sweater, slip on the vest and you’ve got a whole new look!
Dress Kids for Comfort & Movement
Kids naturally run, skip, dance and jump around during photo sessions—they’re kids! To avoid unnecessary aggravation, let them be comfortable in the clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, fedoras, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so when the kids start getting wild, their clothes will look even better.
You’ll have these pictures for generations—don’t date yourself! Choose classic, timeless pieces, or even vintage apparel and accessories. If you opt for the latest trends and you may feel otherwise about that amazing outfit in a few years (or even a few months) from now.
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Christine Lee Photography specializes in high school senior photography, family and children photography in Plant City, Lakeland, Riverview, Apollo Beach, and Fishhawk, Florida.