I’ve spent many mornings staring into my closest just hoping for the perfect outfit to magically appear. Regardless of the amount of clothes in my closet, I just can’t seem to make anything work together. The older I get the more eclectic my fashion choices become, but luckily we live in a time where pretty much anything goes!
This couldn’t be more true when picking out clothing for your photo shoot! No longer are you confined to matching outfits comprised of jeans, khakis and white or black shirts (thank heavens)! Not to say there is anything wrong with those combinations but lets face it, thats been way overdone, I want your pictures to be a true reflection of you AND your style! I never want anyone I work with to feel like they need to run out a buy a whole new wardrobe, you’d be suprised what might be hiding in your closet! Here are a few suggestions for putting together the perfect look for your next shoot!
COLOR! Don’t be afraid to wear bright fun colors, this will help add vibrance and life to your pictures. Choose colors that are complimentary to your complexion. Not sure what colors look best on your skin? Check out this article to learn more about choosing colors. Clare wore this colorful top and during our shoot we found this light blue door, the color combo pops and wouldn’t look quite the same with just a white shirt!
ACCESSORIES are a great way to spice up a rather plain outfit. It can be anything from earring, shoes, headbands, belts, jackets, necklaces and in this case a scarf! Maggie is wearing a plain white t-shirt and jeans but with this scarf it looks unique and different. Keep in mind that one accessory might be all you need, don’t go overboard with item you can fit on your body.
COORDINATING. Whenever taking photographs with more than one person pick a color family and then build onto it. You never want to be too “matchy-matchy” so feel free to play around with different colors in your accessories. This couple stuck with blues and although they vary drastically in shade, aesthetically everything works well together!
PATTERNS. Most of my examples consist of solid blocks of color but this doesn’t have to be the case. Patterns can be fun and add texture to your photographs that a solid color just cant do! Try to stay away from t-shirts with large logos but otherwise add a great patterned jacket, top or bottom to the mix to create interest and personality. For more great ideas for children’s clothing check out more of this shoot!
FIT. Above all wear clothing that is flattering to your body and fits properly; I can’t emphasize this enough!! If something doesn’t fit you properly (too tight or too loose) then don’t wear it! Jackie wore this adorable little black dress that fit her perfectly and was flattering to her body shape. Ladies to learn more about dressing for your body shape click HERE.
Whenever possible, I try to allow for at least one clothing change in my shoots. Bring a few different options with some causal and then more formal items (think what you’d wear for a nice night out). This allows for different looks and creates more options when picking your favorites.
Hope this was helpful and be sure to leave me a comment with what your favorite clothing items are! :)