for the family
DRESS IT UP!
There is no such thing as “too dressy” for your portrait session. Dressy photos always stand out amongst those who go the more casual route, and they are so captivating to see. You’ll be sure to turn heads as you walk on the scene looking fantastic!
Although it may be tempting to dress everyone up in the same plaid print or in that white tee and jeans, photos really look stunning when there is nice coordination without overly matching. I typically suggest dressing no more than two people up in the same print or color. This helps to balance out your photos so the attention is drawn to YOU!
PICK 2 OR 3 COLORS
Instead of having everyone wear the same color, try picking two or three colors that blend well together and coordinate that way! Try experimenting with different shades of colors, or adding different prints or fabrics to the mix.
1. GO FOR THE DRESS
I always encourage women to consider going for a dressier look over a casual one. Dresses and skirts are great for portrait sessions because they're flattering for any body type! Long and flowy dresses and skirts always photograph well and help add some dimension and flow to your photos. Chiffon or tulle are excellent fabrics for this look. Don't forget, heels help you look a little longer and add a nice flattering touch!
2. STATEMENT ACCESSORIES
Once you have the dress picked, don't forget about accessorizing! Adding a statement necklace or earrings will help complete your look and add a little flair and pop to your photos.
3. TREAT YOURSELF
This is a great time to treat yourself and go pro! Pamper yourself by getting your nails, hair, and makeup done professionally. It makes you feel beautiful, and it looks stunning on camera!
1. KEEP IT DRESSY
We can't forget about our men! I always suggest dressing the men up to match their lady. Fitted dress pants or slacks and close-toed shoes are the perfect combination for men. For your session, it’s best to leave the shorts, sandals, and loose-fitting pants at home.
2. BRING IN LAYERS
Layers on men like blazers, sweaters, or vests always photograph really well (even if it's hot outside). They add some nice dimension and look nice and sleek. I know it may be a little uncomfortable, but I PROMISE it will be worth it when you see the final product!
3. DON’T FORGET DETAILS
Yes, even men can add in some details to their outfits! Ties or bowties, colored socks, suspenders, and watches are nice compliments to any outfit for men. Although small, they add great pops of class to your photos.
DRESSY OVER CASUAL
I always suggest dressing the little ones in something dressier instead of their casual playwear. Dressy clothes, even on kids, will automatically make your photos stand out! Some great places to look for unique, beautiful outfits are Modern Child or Etsy! Remember, there is no such thing as “too dressed up” for your portrait session, so have some fun!
THINK LIKE ADULTS
I know they may be little, but many of the tips For Her and For Him still apply to the kids. (They’re basically little adults anyway, right?) For the girls, dresses and accessories are perfect! Maybe add a fun flower crown or bow for an extra pop of beautiful. For the boys, layers are adorable! And don’t forget about the cute details like suspenders or a fun bowtie!