Dress Intentionally

Fall is quickly drawing to an end. Get the most out of the fall colors and beautiful scenery by following a few simple dress code guidelines! 

*Do coordinate but DO NOT wear matching clothing. Pick 3-4 complementary colors and carry them throughout your family’s outfits. When everyone is wearing the exact same thing photos can look stiff  and staged. You want your family photos to resemble you and your family not the fake photo that comes inside a new picture frame.

color wheel


*Don’t wear all white clothing! White is a tricky color to pull off successfully and can washout skin tones.

*Do have fun with accessories: Scarves, gloves, hats, jewelry, belts, and hair accessories are all a great way to add a little personality to your photos. If you’re not sure about an accessory bring it along and have your photographer take a look. Better safe than sorry! 

*Don’t be afraid of color: Jewel tones look great on camera, can compliment most skin tones, and are great colors fall photos. Compliment your colors to match your scenery. 

*Do have fun with prints: If done right, prints photograph beautifully! Plaid, hounds tooth, strips, flowers, polka dots, argyle, etc. Try adding prints in small doses; a tie with a fun pattern, vest, scarf, or cardigan. If most of your family is wearing solids DON’T stick dad in a plaid shirt. The fix for this problem would be to introduce a print in the other outfits as well.

*Don’t wear clothing with logos or wording that is highly visible: Unless you're modeling for Nike and just want to "DO IT" don't do it. 

*Do have fun with layers: Layered clothing looks great in photos and gives your photo, well, depth and layers. Leg warmers under boots, a fall jacket over a collared shirt, a scarf over your tee shirt, etc. 

*Don’t wait till the last minute to decide on your wardrobe: Plan for the location you're shooting in. If there is brick wall, wear a complimentary color to red/orange. If there is a specific pattern in your shot, wear something to offput you from the background. Ask your photographer in advance if you're still unsure or want a great idea. Which brings me to my next point...

*Do get your photographer involved: Email, txt, call, message, carrier pigeon, whatever! A photographer isn't just a dude with an expensive camera. He/She usually knows how to work a scene and has first hand experience with colors, patterns, scenes, and lighting. Ask and you shall receive quality advice on those trick photography questions. 

*Don’t forget shoes: Shoes are just as important as your outfit. No athletic shoes for the guys unless it fits with the overall theme of your session.

*Do think about the location your family session will be held: You want your outfits to complement the location you choose. This is another reason why it’s a good idea to share your outfit selections with your photographer so they can come up with areas and backdrops selections that will coordinate with your wardrobe.

*Don’t highlight a part of your body that you’re uncomfortable with: If you’re uncomfortable with your arms, don’t go sleeveless. I It’s important that you feel good in what you’re wearing. Feeling comfortable means more focus and attention goes into your expressions rather than your physical appearance. That's what it's all about anyways!