Trust me, this is a very popular question!! Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions, but before you do take a quick look below at some tips…
I created a Pinterest board to help relay some color combinations :) I try to update it, but sometimes just go on binges and update it a ton all at once ;)
- Avoid crazy patterns and prints.
- If you choose a pattern or print pick only one and coordinate outfits for other folks attending the session off of the one pattern.
- 3 color rule
- Try to stay away from having your entire photo party wear the same color (black, white, etc). Instead pick 3 colors that coordinate with the one pattern that you picked. An accent color always pops when used as an accessory (scarf, hat, etc).
- Layer!!! This helps add variety and change the mood/feel of the images. You can never go wrong with a jacket or sweater swap mid session.
- Bring supplies for make-up touch-ups — lipstick, blush, etc. Don’t forget hair spray or a hair accessory, you never know when you’ll need them or when the wind will decide to play games.
- Steer clear of large logos. They are distracting. Enough said.
- Shoes and socks should match your outfit. More importantly, socks should match your pants.
- Black pant = black socks; grey pants = grey socks; khaki pants = tan socks. We want to try to avoid a session full of images with light socks sticking out of dark pants! ;)
- Guys – unless you’re into rocking a 5 o’clock shadow (which I know people are, I’m not judging!), try to shave an hour or so before the shoot for a fresh face.
- Make sure your clothing is wrinkle free.
- Try wearing an alternate shirt/outfit for the drive to the location and then doing a quick change on location; this helps prevent wrinkles from the ride. This also helps keeping the kiddos mess free :)
- Classic colors and outfits always flatter and work well — they are classic for a reason!
- Be comfortable!
- Be yourself!! After all, the session is about capturing you.
Still need suggestions? Check out this post. This is a great post by Rachel Williams, a Tulsa photographer. She breaks it down and starts with bottoms and shoes and works her way on up. Pretty genius.
Feel free to email me with more questions!!