1. Colour Palette
Pick a palette of 3-4 colours. Let this be your starting place. Think in terms of tones: blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, etc. Everyone in the family can express their own sense of style within the chosen colour palette, and the whole group will coordinate beautifully.
2. Don’t match – Coordinate
Coordinate but don’t match. Sometimes it’s easiest to start with picking one family members outfit and pull colours from their outfit to dress and layer everyone else. Layering can make a huge difference in tying in all the colours.
3. Use solid colours
Keep it simple and clean. I like the focus to be on the emotion and connection of the couple or family. Subdued colours, solids, and muted prints work well for that. Skip logos, large patterns and words (on t-shirts) as they draw the eye away from what matters most – the connection.
4. Add a pop of colour
Don’t be afraid of a little colour! You don’t have to go overboard, but picking up bold colors from a more subtle outfit for a pop of colour can look amazing. For example, if dad is wearing a plaid shirt, draw one colour from it and have one child wear a pop of that colour.
5. Fit your style to your location
Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. If your session is happening in a city setting, dress up a bit with a pair of cute heels and a fancier dress than you’d normally wear to match the bustling vibe of the city. If you’ve selected a more natural environment, choose something a bit more casual such as a maxi dress and opt for casual footwear like flat sandals or boots.
6. Dress up
Don’t be afraid to dress up in formal clothes, especially for an engagement session. It’s not only fun, but it’s something different than the everyday and professional photographs can definitely be considered a special occasion!
7. Don’t forget about the shoes
If you’re not the type whom likes being barefoot, be sure to keep your footwear in mind. Nothing will throw your look off more than a ratty old pair of shoes.
8. Let hair move
I love leaving longer hair down to showcase movement. Wind and breeze is not a bad thing and perfectly kept hair will rarely happen. Many famous people pay for expensive wind machines and if it is windy on the day of your session Mother Nature is giving us one heck of a deal!
Accessorize & give your photographs that needed punch! They lend pops of colour, personality, and interest. Everybody wears them well and they work for all ages.”
10. Be comfortable
My work is based on movement and playful behavior. Pick clothes that will let you run freely and be blissfully carefree! Maxi dresses are my number one fave for the ladies if you want comfort and style.