June 2013

what to wear | vol. 1 | summer 2013

Everyone wants to know what to wear for their photography session. It's a big deal. I imagine it goes something like this...

You want your kids to look their cutest, cleanest and match-iest. You want them to look like, for one moment in time, they follow directions, sing with the birds in the morning and would never EVER come home from school with paint, grass stains and chocolate milk on their pants. You want your husband to be comfortable and casual - not mowing-the-grass casual but not Casual-Friday casual either. And then there's you, mom. If you're like me, your daily uniform might consist of a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. When it's chilly, there's a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath, and when it's cold, there's a cardigan thrown in there, too. Oh, and when I dress up, it means I put on a BLACK t-shirt (oooh!!!).

So, yes, I totally get it.

You have Photo Session Wardrobe Anxiety Disorder.

Well, as your fellow t-shirt donning Queen of Casual, I am here to offer some help. 


Your goal should be to represent YOURSELVES. You don't want to look at these portraits a year later (not to speak of a few DAYS later! Yikes!) and not recognize the people staring back at you. 

  1. Don't over-do it. Unless you normally wear lots of accessories, don't plan on wearing them to your session. If your kids don't usually wear accessories, don't have them wear any to the shoot. The additional necklaces, bracelets, headbands, etc. will only make you uncomfortable and your kids fidgety. On the other hand, if your little girl loves to play dress up with tons of baubles and beads, bring 'em along! She might be more willing to cooperate if she can wear her favorites.
  2. Dressed up doesn't have to be drastic. If you are a pants-only kind of gal, stick with a pants. If your kids don't like their shirts tucked in, go with it. (All the cool kids are wearing it like that, mooooom.) If your husband insists on wearing his Metallica t-shirt from 1987, well, um.... have him put a jacket over it? In all seriousness, if you want to dress up for your session, just pick outfits that you know you'd wear again. In public. That way you can guarantee they are YOU.
  3. Colors matter, but not THAT much. When you are attempting to match up your family's portrait session wardrobe -- STOP. Don't do it. The days of matchy-matchy white shirts and khakis is long g-o-n-e. The key is to COORDINATE not MATCH. You want to look like a family, not a team, right? In the example below, you can see that no one is wearing the same colors, however they still all coordinate. 

Remember, as the person who is looking at you through the lens, I am 100% on your side and want you to look your absolute best. Feel free to call me for wardrobe advice. Fashion therapy, however, is extra.