What to Wear for your Photography Session 2017

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What to Wear 2017

The most common question I get from my clients who book a session is, “What should I wear?” 

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Time and time again I tell my photography clients go for simple. Go for solids.

Solids always photograph well: particularly shades of white, cream, gray, blue, and green. I love earth tones because they complement all skin tones. In the Pacific Northwest, we love to wear gray and black. Our cars are gray or black, our sky is gray and black – let’s take a moment to brighten the wardrobe by adding a dash of color! I am wearing all black as we speak and will likely wear all black to shoot your session. This, however, is not a good choice when you’re in front of the camera because there is no beginning or end to your figure when you wear all black.

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Pattern and fit should be considered. I want to highlight you and your family. Your love for one another, your joy, your zest for life. Your essence can easily be overshadowed by patterns, logos, and animal prints. Simple is best.

Please keep in mind that clothing fit is extremely important. I always recommend choosing comfort over style but make sure you are wearing your actual size. You don’t want to be pulling your pants up, or have them so tight they cause creases in your skin that would normally not be there. The same goes for your tops. You want to be comfortable with your curves front and center, but not the curves and creases that are caused by tight clothing.

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Keep really trendy looks at bay and wear the classics.

Who you are and what you love should come across in these photos, especially for your kiddos. Do they have a favorite pair of boots, a cape or ball they love to play with at this stage in their life? Bring it! I want you to look back at these photos and remember the best parts of your little ones, how you felt when you fell in love, the smell in the air when your partner proposed. I don’t want you to look at these photos and be reminded that leopard print was in that year.

Pinks, reds and neon colors can be less than complimentary if you have my skin but can also cause casting on your skin, I do not recommend wearing it.   If you are fair skinned, I would steer clear and choose a color that is better suited to you.

Here are a few takeaways:
– Let go of Seattle’s most loved duo, black and gray.
– Choose color!
– Stay away from patterns and logos.
– Wear clothes that fit you today.
– The more comfortable you are, the better you will look.

And in closing, once you pick a color scheme – STICK TO IT.

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Check out some past Family Photography Sessions for ideas!


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