What you wear for your session is a really important part of the overall look and feel of your portraits. I like to keep the focus on the subject – therefore, simple clothing choices are best for creating a timeless look. It’s good to show your individual style and personality through the clothes you select, but remember clothing should compliment your look, not complicate it!
Group shots work best when families wear the same tone, not necessarily the same colour. Clothes that are similar in style give a more coordinated look too. For example, if your daughter decides on a dress in gingham blue and white, your son may choose a solid blue shirt that picks up the blue from her clothes. You could then opt for a different shade of blue (or a complementary shade) for your husband. Consider dressing in white sparingly, because it often reflects light strongly and avoid busy patterns or logos/words that can be distracting. Jeans, dresses, khakis are classics and photograph well. I especially like boys in jeans and plain tops, and girls in simple dresses and accessories – weather permitting of course!
I love accessorising to bring some fun and funk to the photos! Hats can be very effective, as well as other accessories such as scarves, headbands, funky belts, umbrellas and bright coloured wellies! Don’t forget to make sure you all feel comfortable – we’ll be playing outside so might be climbing trees, kicking a ball, paddling in a stream or sitting amongst a pile of leaves so we want to make sure we can move freely!
Please feel free to bring your own fancy dress props or a favourite toy like a scooter and I love it when we have a much loved teddy along with us – it’s nice to tell your child’s story using these props.
I suggest bringing 2 or 3 outfits that you are considering and allowing me to help you make the final choice on what would best suit the look and feel you are going for in your portraits. It’s always useful to have a change of clothes for children whatever the age or location!
Bare skin is my preference for newborns and babies 3 months and under. Although a plain short sleeved baby grow looks cute too!
Please find below some examples of different clothing looks that might be a starting point in considering what you and your family might wear on the day.
Feel free to contact me, I am always happy to advise and help you plan! You are welcome to send me a photo of your clothes laid out before the session if you’d like my opinion of works well together.
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Lydia is a personal stylist, wardrobe and image consultant and make-up artist based in Guildford, Surrey, offering a high quality and professional service to both men and women.