What to Wear Guide
COORDINATING, BUT NOT MATCHING
There are so many more options than just jeans and a white shirt! In modern family photos, wearing the same colored shirts, pants, and shoes can look a bit awkward. By coordinating the colors in everyone's clothing, it brings the image together. To get started, pick one outfit you really like. It can be your own, for your partner, or for your child. Use that outfit as inspiration. Pick the colors from the outfit you chose and run that through everyone's outfits. Mixing stripes and plaids and floral is a great, so don't be afraid of pattern. I want to see your personality come through your wardrobe choices.
Try to use as few solids and as many textures as possible. It is ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE to mix colors, patterns, and textures. Bear in mind that graphics do not tend to photograph well, so stay away from graphic tees and shirts with words.
Layers can make outfits look more interesting and dynamic, even in summer weather. Layers also have the added bonus of quickly changing a look by adding/removing them. Try adding dimension and depth to your look by layering a dress with a cute belt or pendant necklace. In cool weather, try cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers...the list goes on and on!
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
I can not stress this enough! Be prepared and flexible with your wardrobe. This is the Eastern Shore. The weather changes rapidly. So if you have plans for a cute sundress, but the weather ends up being 20 degrees colder than you thought it would be, add some layers. Tights, boots, scarf, slouchy hat, cardigan, even cute gloves! Also, if you or a family member is sweating profusely in a sweater during the photo session, no amount of photographer magic will help. Same goes for being under-dressed...if the weather becomes colder as the sun goes down during the session, it will be uncomfortable and will show in the final images.
One of the most important parts of putting together your child's outfit is allowing their personality to show. If your daughter hates dresses, opt for pants. If your child loves to wear hats or sunglasses, bring them! Of course we all want our kids to be prim and proper and polished for family photos. I'm not saying that we fully embrace bed-head and smears of peanut butter on everything, but allowing your kids to have a little bit of a say in what they are wearing will go a long way to making them feel excited to participate in the photo session instead of dreading it. Also, I will never say "no" to bringing favorite blankets/toys/stuffed animals along. I want to capture those too! As for parents or high-school seniors, try to add at least one small item or accessory to reflect your personality, like cool shoes, a hat, etc. Wear what you feel good in! If you aren't comfortable in what you've chosen for your pictures, it will show. If you can't find a dress you feel good in, but you rock a pair of skinny jeans, do that. If you can't walk in heels, wear cute and comfy boots or pretty sandals!
I love color. To coordinate color, start by choosing three main colors to work with. This does not mean that every family member must wear all three colors. Mix it up. Adding color makes your family photos pop! Remember, avoid sending out that memo to the family telling everyone to just wear a white top! White tends to wash people out in photos, so I would tend to stay away from white altogether unless it's just an accent color. Same goes for wearing solid black. Solid black from head to toe tends to look flat and uninteresting. Instead, pair that LBD with stellar shoes and a statement necklace. Also, steer clear or florescent colors. Florescent colors tend to cast color on faces, necks, and hair. If your session will take place outside in grassy areas with a lot of trees, try to avoid wearing a lot of green. We want you to stand out, not blend into the surroundings!
If you're not sure where to start, use versions of primary colors. For example, a great fall color palette can be mustard yellow, brick red, and navy blue, then add in some gray, forest green, and khaki/camel as accent colors. For summer, try pink, butter yellow, and denim blue, then mix in white, leaf green, or light gray as an accent.