The number one question I get from clients about their photo session is “What should I/we wear?” Here are some tips when choosing your clothing for your next photo session:

1. Coordinate, but do NOT match. Coordination does not mean you have to match. Choose 2-4 colors and mix it up a little! Start with a neutral color such as White, black, brown, and grey and add a pop of color.

2. Be comfortable. Whatever you wear should be comfortable, and should be something you like to wear and makes you feel good about yourself. If children are a part of the session, be sure they are wearing something that allows them to move. If they are old enough to choose their outfit, let them have some input on what they wear. Children that are happy and comfortable are much easier to work with! And, if they helped pick out their clothing, they have some pride in what they are wearing.

3. Wear patterns in moderation. Usually, I suggest that clients completely stay away from patterns. On the other hand, patterns can add interest and texture to the photos as long as they are done in moderation. If you do choose to use patterns in your photos, be sure to only have one person in patterned clothing and everyone else in more solid color clothing.

4. Layers and texture. Adding layers and texture to your wardrobe can make for beautiful and interesting photos. When thinking about adding texture, you can accent with different materials such as embroidery details, lace, ribbons, ruffles, crochet, etc.

5. Avoid logos, graphics, etc. Any clothing with logos and/or graphics tend to take away from the subject in the photo. So, don’t wear your I.O.U. sweatshirt with your z cavaricci jeans that are french-rolled. (Did I just date myself or what?)