6 Tips for What to Wear
The Woodlands Family Photographer
This weekend I was blessed to be shooting alongside some of the best family photographers in the industry! I have a mile long list of new tricks, but there is one that stands out the most. I hear, “What should we wear?” every week! This has been on my to do list for ages, but I’m so glad I waited. I didn’t expect to walk away from the Click Away experience with a new look on clothing, but that’s exactly what happened! The clothing you wear to your session is a major factor in the final result. I want to help you look your absolute best with my 6 Tips for What to Wear. After all, you never know who will be looking at your gorgeous self 50 years from now!
Tip #1: Color & Environment
When planning your clothing, the first thing to think about is your environment. Will you be at the beach, in a field, in the trees, in an urban location? What colors are prominent in that location? At the beach, there is sand, sky, and blue water, so when Sholanda of Chubby Cheek Photography styled this session, she used soft pastels that beautifully complement the colors found in the sky as we went out to the water.
My favorite colors in photographs are neutrals and pastels, but I love a good soft floral also. I advise all of my clients to steer away from bright and bold colors except for special occasions. I find that they pull my eye away from the most important thing and that’s you!
Tip #2: Texture & Movement
This may be number two, but it’s actually my favorite! I LOVE a good dress or skirt with some flow to it! The more twirl and drape, the better! I have found that flowy garments are actually very flattering to most body types. When you’re in the dressing room, give that skirt a good twirl and see how you like it!
Texture and movement go hand in hand because the type of fabric you choose creates the flow/movement! I love textures like lace, linen, ruffles, and embroidery because they add interest to your image without being distracting.
If you would like some places to start your search, I highly recommend Free People, Fillyboo, and H&M for mamas. Old Navy usually has some fantastic options for little girls, but also check out Joy Marie Clothing for some beautiful options!
Tip #3: Focus on Mom First!
I know, I know! It’s hard to pick your outfit, but that’s exactly why I want you to find yours first! Use your outfit to guide the rest of the family! If you find a piece with pretty florals, use those tones for your husband or children!
Tip #4: Identical is only for twins!
Shake it up a bit! If you choose, to go with neutrals, that doesn’t mean everyone has to wear ivory! There is a huge range of tones within the neutral category! Use them! Contrast in your images is a good thing. If you all match, you will start to blend together. Take this image for example. There is ivory, rose, orchid, soft blue, mauve, and white all in the same image. The result is polished and very well put together, but not matching.
Tip #5: The Shoes!
We just spent all this time styling a cohesive look, so don’t forget the shoes! Make sure you have something timeless and classic to wear on your feet unless we’re at the beach! In that case, I want to see those toes! For littles, avoid light up shoes and heavy brands, but comfort is the key to happiness!
Tip #6: Have some fun with accessories!
Bracelets, earrings, and scarves, oh my! This is your chance to add a little bit of flair to your photographs! Is there a piece of jewelry you have with special meaning? Wear it! Do you have a fun textured scarf? Wear it! A sweet shawl is a the perfect accent piece when it starts to get cool in the evenings! If your little ones have a lovey, that is my absolute favorite kind of accessory!
Aimee Hamilton is a lifestyle family photographer in The Woodlands area. I serve Montgomery, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Conroe, and Spring, TX. Beach sessions will be held in Galveston, TX this spring! If you are interested in booking a session, be sure to sign up for the newsletter here! The date will be announced soon and my VIP members get the first opportunity to sign up!
The Woodlands Family Photographer