Thursday, March 31, 2011

What to wear...

We are often asked questions regarding location choice and clothing choices when consulting with clients. Clothing choices are important for sessions, but nothing to stress over and lose sleep, or all the change in your wallet!!  There are a few basic principles to follow and they don't take a fashionista to figure out. You probably have a lot of things in your closet already that will look great! However, we are giving you permission to do a little shopping and suggesting you probably do so, unless your closet looks like my friend Katie's :)
We found these helpful tips, and wanted to share them with you as you plan for your photo session.  A little forethought and planning ahead goes a long way, don't underestimate it.

The first thing we want you to notice is that not everyone "matches", meaning "matchy-matchy" matching.  Get what we are saying?  If you buy the exact same thing in 2 different sizes, we are happy to offer you a little remediation :)
Secondly, start with a color palate and work off of that.  Pick one person's outfit and work off of that while you are piecing things together.  For outdoor photos we recommend staying away from pale, pastel colors.  Stick with jewel toned pieces.
Thirdly, ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE!!  We can't emphasize enough what a little splash of color and texture here and there does for your photos.  Check out for some great and quite affordable accessories such as hats, scarves, hair accessories, kids' clothing, etc. We also love the hair accessories available at Whippy Cake.
Fourthly, create a mixture of solids and patterns for family photos and stay away from large, bold lettering for all sessions.  Too many patterns are distracting and take the focus off of you.
Fifthly, layers :)  Especially for boys!  A cute graphic tee, under another long sleeved tee, with a jacket/blazer and a pair of brightly colored shoes and hat to play with = winning combo.
Sixthly, pay attention to your footwear including socks.  It's a little distracting to have a white pair of socks hanging out under a nice pair of jeans with black shoes.  Hey, it one ever took the time to explain this rule to my dad (thank goodness for a mom who checks before he leaves the house)!
Seventhly.  I had to come up with one more because I just wanted to say "seventhly"!  Bring a friend who is good at shopping along with you for advice (I always bring my "stylist" along). They are often better at knowing what looks good on  you than you are! Don't hesitate to give us a call and ask if you are having trouble. Or bring options along to your shoot and we can help you pull things together and style your session.
Some great stores to check out are Children's Place, Gap, Old Navy, Crazy 8, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, JCrew, H&M, and your local thrift/consignment stores.
Happy planning!!

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