Be Unique! Clothing selection is important for showing who you are and your personal style. Don't wear "popular brand" t-shirt and expect your images to be unique. But remember, your portraits are about YOU! The clothing should be thought of as an accessory. Wear colors that go best with your complexion, hair coloring and eyes. If you have blue eyes, wearing a blue shirt can make your eyes "pop" and enhance their color in your photos. Avoid clothes with slogans, logos, or other distractions. Your face, eyes, and expression want all of the attention. Bold stripes and large patterns stand out and tend to draw attention away from the most important part of your photographs: Your Face!!
It's hard to go wrong with the kiddos. Black, White, Bright, bold colors (anything but fluorescent). Big patterns (bright stripes & large polka dots). Layers, such as skirts with fun tights, or shirts with cute jackets. Dresses for girls, especially white cotton or eyelet dresses. Sweaters with hoods, for both boys and girls. Jeans! Jean skirts are also great for girls. Overalls without a shirt, for boys. No shirt at all, for boys. Jammies. Hats — stocking hats, tasseled hats, straw hats, cowboy/girl hats, etc. Tiaras, butterfly wings. Superhero capes. Ribbons and bows in the hair, rain boots, cowboy/girl boots. Winter coats with fur on the hood. Bring along a teddy bear. Striped socks. bare feet. Bright colored balloons. With kids and babies, I love to naturally bring out smiles and tenderness. So, feel free to bring along their favorite toy which may help us capture them in their true essence.
Casual is great! Everyone wearing similar, coordinated tones, like light and dark blue with some pink and white mixed in — but NOT everyone in the same color! Earth tones are also very pleasing. Mix it up with different textures and shades of a similar color. (Try to avoid being too "matchy matchy" by wearing the exact same shirt or color shirt. If unsure, bring along a few different shirts, and we can help you decide if you want.) Everyone in jeans. AVOID - Bright colors such as Hot green, Blues, and reds.
For an engagement shoot, we recommend that both of you bring at least two outfits — one dressier, one more casual. Feel free to bring along any "props" such as items that have meaning to the both of you, or fun props. Jeans and white shirts is always a classic look! Ladies: pair your jeans with a dressy top. Men: pair them with a button-down. Ladies: your little black dress. Accessories - Big chunky necklaces, Bright-colored pumps, Hats, scarves, or sunglasses.
Your pre-maternity jeans–unbuttoned! Black or white solid-colored tank tops Yoga pants. Pretty skirts with belly bands you can push below your belly. Button-down shirts left unbuttoned over your belly. Form-fitting dresses. Wear a belly band as a tube top. A pashmina to wear around your neck and drape over your top like a scarf Sun-dresses. A pretty bra and panties. Going topless (with strategic hand placement!). A manicure is a great idea because your hands will be in a lot of photos
Babies - Shirts with big logos or characters. Very small patterns, like skinny stripes or tiny polka-dot, Solids in super-bright colors, like bright orange or lime green. Families - Everyone in the same color, Matching outfits, Too Dressy. Couples - Horizontal stripes, Clothes that are too baggy or too tight, Super-low cut tops or short skirts, Tops with words on them
Don't have one person be dressy and the other one of you casual
Maternity - Clothing that is too baggy — you gotta show off that bump.
White clothing can wash out a fair complexion. Be extra careful about wearing white in the winter months when your tan is more faded. Be careful with loose or baggy clothing; they can tend to be unflattering and can actually make you appear bigger than you are. If there's something about your body that you don't like, cover it up. It is amazing how many people come to their session wearing a sleeveless shirt and say they hate their upper arms.