ften when families have chosen an amazing photographer, set the date for their session, and begin to look forward to the special day, they are faced with the idea that they have nothing to wear. Rather, families planning for their photography session don’t know what to wear. All this really means is that the client is unsure of what will look best in photographs. While there are some considerations for what clothing is best for photography, mostly it is about taking a moment for a few considerations about style and color. To help take the mystery out of the subject what follows is a short, simple guide to making the most of your wardrobe choices
Many people planning for their family photography session have a fair bit of stress about the wardrobe. Questions about colors, styles, and patterns are the most frequent, along with should everyone wear matching outfits. However, its really very simple.
• You should think about coordinating colors rather than a single color. Instead of having everyone wear similar outfits of the same color, consider how your outfits complement one another
• Very busy patterns can be distracting and under certain conditions cause an effect called moire on digital cameras. Keep the patterns moderate
• Bright and neutral colors work well together. Create more variety by varying shades of the same color among family members
• Color palette examples are tan/khaki, blues matched with denim
Keep in mind that the clothing you choose should be comfortable and appropriate for the setting of the session.
• Ill-fitting clothing should always be avoided. Never wear clothing to your session that is too loose or too tight. Try to make sure you will can move well and will be comfortable in different positions
• Graphic Tees, or clothing with designs and logos should be avoided. Graphics can distract from the focus of the photograph, you!
• Some settings, like beaches, may mean going barefoot, but avoid sneakers, sandals, and thongs considering boat shoes or another casual shoe instead
• Haircuts should be scheduled a week before the session. A week will give your hair time to grow out a little from that “freshly cut” look.
• Longer hair can be hard to manage on windy, outdoor locations. Braided hair is an option, but adding scarves to your wardrobe means they can also serve double duty as hair ties.
• Shaving a day or two in advance will help avoid 5 o’clock shadows for dads (unless that’s their signature look!)
Finishing this article you should have a better understanding of what goes into making good choices about your wardrobe for your photography session. Now you understand why the best family photographs look the way they do; they follow a simple approach