Lisa Viox. Long Island Portrait Photography.
I get asked all the time – “how do all of your clients look like they are straight out of a catalog” …. Well the answer is I take the time to help guide my clients on what to wear. How you style your session has so much to do with total outcome of your photos. So I figured, why not put together a blog post and list some pointers and examples, etc. Hopefully this will help all of you while you plan out what to wear.
1- Stay away from very loud clothing, and dont over stimulate your eyes with to much pattern. Some pattern is okay, but dont go overboard, instead use texture and layers. If you are going to use stripes or plaid, try to stick to only one person in it so its not to busy. Stay away from any fluorescent colors, but dont be afraid of a slightly bright or colorful piece. NEVER put your child in anything that has a character on it, simple is always better. I love boys in a simple tee or wife beater, and suspenders are always awesome or some fun hats.
2- Figure out what type of look you are going for, do you want something more whimsical, something a little more fantasy, or do you want a casual look? And now coordinate everyone around that look. I usually start with the hardest person first, or if you find a favorite outfit then coordinate everyone around it. Colors should coordinate but should not be matchy matchy. All white is usually boring and dulls out the session, but sometimes it can work if you are looking for a very simple look , I suggest to break it up with some other soft tones. A timeless white dress on a little girl or on mom is always gorgeous ….
3- Pick an accent color and then work around that color …. Primary colors are great!!! I love blue or yellow as an accent color, or for the fall put everyone in different jewel shades.
4- I love layers, and layers! I love accent pieces and accessories like scarves and hats, headbands, vests, leg warmers, cardigans, a cute belt over your dress, etc … and always remember to wear the right shoes, this is so important and to be comfortable in them …. no shoes are great to ….. Especially on small children, we want to see those sweet little toes. Stay away from the every day Nike or character type sneakers, instead go for Converse, Sperrys, Toms, or cute ballet slippers, or fun boots, etc. Also, its very important that your child’s clothes fit well, do not buy something that they need to grow into, usually I tell my clients to go a size smaller, you don’t want baggy loose clothing for your photo shoot.
4- Dress for the mood of the shoot, if we are shooting lifestyle then dress how you would normally, if we are going to jump in muddy puddles you better not be in your sunday’s best, if we are going to shoot on a farm then wear a cowboy hat!! ;) Also, dress for the weather, and always bring something to layer in case we get chilly.
5- Simple is always amazing!!! Especially with newborn and maternity sessions ….. I love love love simple …. Think minimalistic type clothing, soft colors, simple lines, sometimes no shirt for boys or little babies. Simple is always timeless and always photographs wonderfully! Take a look for yourself …..
6 – Sometimes matching is okay …. but only sometimes ;) ….. everyone in jeans and a white shirt is no no … but if you do something like below its totally okay ….
7- If your child has a lovey – feel free to bring it, it always adds something special to the session …. A lovey can be a stuffed animal they love, or a favorite blankey or sometimes even an old beat up car that they love to play with ……
#8 – and the most important of all ……………. come prepared to have some FUN!!!! *****