It’s never too early to begin thinking about your outfits for your family session, and as a mother I know how stressful this part can be. But never fear! I have compiled a list of advice to help you through the process and hopefully make it as pain free as possible!
Pick a color palette – choose one outfit – then build the rest of the family wardrobe around it.
There are a few things to consider when choosing the color palette for your photos.
- You will want to make sure your color choices are coordinating (not clashing) but also NOT “matchy matchy” at the same time. Gone are the days of the whole family in jeans and white t-shirts on the beach. Each person is your family is an individual – let’s keep it that way!
- Think about the landscape where your session is taking place. We are so fortunate on the Central Coast to have a wide variety of scenery to choose from. As a results, it’s difficult to recommend a color palette without knowing the colors of your surroundings first. I recommend colors that will not overly blend or clash with your landscape. For example – if shooting in the luscious green vineyards, a green dress may not be the best option for you.
- How will the photos look in your home? Chances are you’ll want to frame these puppies and proudly display them for the world to see. Make sure you are choosing colors that compliment the decor in your home. Your little girl may look oh so precious in a bright pink dress, but may not be the best accent piece for your living room.
Adding patterns is one of the easiest ways to make your photos pop. I recommend choosing one member of the family (maybe 2) to wear a pattern and pulling from its’ color scheme to create your remaining outfits. Keep your patterns to a minimum – instead play with mixing textures. You and your family are the focus of the photos, not the outfits. Make sure your beautiful faces stand out first.
Just because I’d advise against placing the whole family in patterns, doesn’t mean you can’t add dimension in another way. Accessorizing can help add interest to your photos. They are also a super simple solution to pulling colors from other outfits within your group. Remember, we want to coordinate without matching. It’s amazing what a simple little color pop from a hair bow can add to your photo!
A Few Additional Hints
- Go with the flow! Long flowy dresses are all the rage right now and are super comfortable as a bonus. They are also one of my favorite methods of adding movement to your photos. We run around and have fun at our sessions and wearing one of these will not hinder that.
- Let Mama be the star! Chances are no one cares as much about these photos as you do, Mom. So grab that outfit you’ve had your eye on and coordinate everyone else around you.
- Ladies, leave your hair down if you can. It’s another super simple method to add movement to your photos.
and just in case you need a little shopping help….
My Favorite Places to Shop
Downtown Paso Robles Boutiques:
Alice and Ames
Wren and Ivory
The Bee and the Fox
I am always happy to help via phone/text/email if you want to run outfits by me beforehand. Don’t be shy – send me those photos!
Hope this helps, thank you friend!