Are you considering a photoshoot but aren’t sure what you or your family should wear?
This is actually the most common question I get from any client looking to book a photoshoot whether that be a motherhood family or even baby session. I’m not surprise either as its difficult some days just knowing what to put on yourself let alone trying to plan something for the whole family. But don’t worry, I’m here to help and I’ve outlined below, some simple instructions to help you narrow down your wardrobe choices.
I wanted to start off by saying I’m not a fashion designer or stylist by trade (although I do love fashion!) . However, I always strive to ensure the best possible outcome for my clients and therefore I’m more than happy to consult on outfit choices. I do realise that clothing and stylist is a subjective and personal choice, so I would never want to be too prescriptive; but there are some general recommendations that I am happy to offer based off what I have seen to produce the best results for the overall look of the photos.
What to Wear
- Plan in advance. The more time you have to work out what you want to wear the less stress you’ll feel.
- Don’t match, Co-ordinate. Try to find colours, textures and accessories that complement each other and the season. I tend to gravitate to warm neutrals or earthy tones as these seem to work with most settings/seasons and produce a very timeless image. I also absolute adore the deep burnt oranges and browns of autumn; these colours can also work well on a warm summer evening photoshoot. There’s also nothing wrong with some colour the most import thing is its something you feel comfortable
- Keep location in mind. Select a colour palette that complements your setting, not compete with it. For example if the photos are taking place in your home you could pick out a few accent colours that feature within your home decor.
- Limit patterns/logos and characters. I would try to avoid wearing patterns where possible, as it can distract from the final image. Characters can also make your photo look too busy. Similarly try to avoid a purely seasonal outfit (i.e. Xmas) if you want your images to be displayed all year round. However something like a small ditsy flower print can actually look great and whimsical, especially on a maxi dress (mum) or girl and works in most settings.
- You don’t have to buy new. I would suggest once you have a colour pallet in mind then look within your current wardrobe and decide if anything is right before heading out to buy new. I also have a small client wardrobe which is available for hire
- Be comfortable. Above anything else keep it low key and make sure it’s something that you feel comfortable and free to move around in. If there are little children also in the images then you are likely to be picking them up, swinging them around and having lots of fun so you need to be able to move and enjoy yourself. For mums I suggest something that moves easily, flows naturally and flattering. These types of dress’ are also great if you have small children as they provide the perfect backdrop should they be hiding in your legs.
Might also help for mums to chose the outfit you want to wear and build from this. Start with yourself instead of fitting yourself in at the end!
To provide one final bit of inspiration I have also created a board on Pinterest. If I can be of any further help or if you are interested in hiring one of the outfits from my wardrobe them please do get in touch in advance of your session.
I hope you find this useful xx