What to wear? What to wear?

That is the true age old question. Especially when it comes to dressing for photo sessions. So let me help take that stress away!

1. First of all, it’s good to start with a basic color and build the wardrobe and accessories from there.

I love neutrals and earth tones!! They look great on EVERYONE and photograph the best!

If you’re styling more than one child, you want your children to coordinate with colors but don’t match! (Think of when you are buying paint for a room. You pick a color card and it had 3-5 shades in that same range. They are all in the same palette, but different.)

To add a bright pop of color, it’s best to do this with small accessories.

Where will you hang these images? Think about the color palette in your home and what would coordinate and pop with your decor.

2. Girls often have more clothing choices(true fact) so it’s a great idea to start with their outfit and build the boys around it!

3. Don’t overdo props and accessories. I have quite a few things ready in my studio if you decide they NEED a hairband, hat, etc. Children don’t need a ton of accessories. Their simplicity is what makes them so charming. I want them to be the star of the show instead of a gigantic bow that is as big as they are! Let their personality shine!

4. I LOVE LAYERS!

I dress in layers pretty much everyday of my life. This is a great way to bring in different textures (lace, ruffles, corduroy, tweed, etc.). It adds so much depth and details to an image. This is also a great way to add interest to a neutral, monotone color palette.

5. Let’s talk shoes. Please don’t dress your children in their everyday sneakers. Unless we’re talking about some funky Converse that go with the style of the outfit. Shoes MAKE OR BREAK any outfit. By simply changing shoes, sometimes you can change the whole look & feel of an outfit. Also, consider no shoes. I love seeing children’s bare feet. It makes their innocence shine through even more.

6. You can never go wrong with classic and timeless. This is a personal preference. Some people are more trendy and like to dress for images in that way. Just be aware of being dated years from now or even sooner depending on the trend.

7. When shooting outdoor sessions, I love to have movement and flow (especially with little girls) in their clothing. A twirly dress embodies the meaning of childhood!!

8. Dress comfortable. This is super important. It does not matter how awesome you have your children dressed, if they hate it, it’s over. They will be grouchy and unhappy from the start. You want them happy! This might mean letting them help pick their clothing pieces, but it will also mean that you have let their personality shine through even more. Also, try not to make kids completely change more than a couple of times. This is another reason I love layers!

9. What about patterns? The are great in moderation! Just make sure just one of the children is in a pattern with the rest are in subtle or solid pieces.

10. Compliment your surroundings! Where will the photo session take place? A wildflower field may not be complimented with a floral pattern, but would look beautiful with a solid coordinating color.

11. Avoid anything with logos, graphics, characters, etc. Side note: There are times that this will work pieced with other neutrals for more of a punk rock session.

12. If kids need a haircut, try to have it done a week prior to the session. They will be used to it and it won’t look “fresh cut”.

ARE YOU MORE OF A VISUAL PERSON WHEN TRYING TO FIGURE THINGS OUT, NO WORRIES! I HAVE A PINTEREST BOARD FULL OF INSPIRATION FOR YOU TO LOOK AT! MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ME THERE, I ADD NEW PINS DAILY.  IT IS PACKED FULL OF PINS THAT DEMONSTRATE WHAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED HERE.

Also, remember that I have some outfits in the studio that you are welcome to use or build upon!

My favorite stores:

BabyGap

Vindiebaby.com

Zara.com

OldNavy.com