Clients often ask me for suggestions on what to wear to their session. There are a few general tips I recommend when choosing clothing for a session. White and black tend to wash people out in photos so I recommend avoiding those (especially white, which not only washes people out but also doesn’t generally photograph well; shades of tan or off-white can work better). Black can be a popular choice as it’s known to be slimming, but if you definitely favor black I suggest bringing in some color with a scarf, a colored camisole underneath or other accessories.
For family and group photos, consider choosing one or two coordinating colors and have everyone work around that. For example, shades of blue, green, brown, red, purple, grey and pink photograph well. Busy patterns are best avoided, but it looks nice to have one or two people wear a simple pattern (such as stripes or small floral pattern) and then have the others go with a solid option that matches. Don’t be afraid to incorporate some bold colors in your clothing or bring in additional color with accessories such as scarves, hats, jackets, jewelry or shoes. Little girls look adorable in dresses! In cooler weather, pair dresses with tights and boots. So cute! Jeans are great, but you might not want to wear the ones that are faded with grass stains on the knees. 🙂
Your shoes WILL show in some of your photos so don’t forget to think about those, too! In the summer, feel free to do your photos barefoot if it makes sense. Some of the cutest kid photos include their bare toes! Most importantly, be yourselves. Don’t wear something you would normally never wear. I’m always happy to answer questions or give suggestions on what to wear to your session! Below are examples that worked well from some of my sessions: