“So what should we wear?” From the conversations I have with other photographers, this is probably the most popular question clients have. Especially, during the warmer summer months.
Of course, I would love to be the free spirit and say you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, but I know better. Sometimes what makes people feel most “comfy” just wont photograph well. So before you grab your favorite sweats or that oversized t-shirt let’s talk about the things that look and feel good for your portraits.
Comfort is key!
I know, I know, but just because your husband loves that very faded band tee with the torn neck from 1981 doesn’t mean it should be what he wears for your family portraits. There is a way to be super casual and still look complimentary though.
Think modern tees for the entire family with themes that compliment each other. For example, if you’re thinking of wearing your favorite Captain America try to style the family with similar themed shirts that don’t compete in color scheme or style.
Find your Color Palate.
Alternatively, if you’re a little more straight laced and want to be casual in a “buttoned- up” kind of way, think vibrant colors that don’t overpower the focal point of the session, YOU.
Colors such as coral, butter yellow, minty greens, and soft aquas are great for summer portraits on the beach. When using these pallets, consider picking outfits that coordinate rather than being identical.
I love finding patterned outfits for the kids that coordinate with mom and dad using solid colors that highlight the picture. Remember the key is to look “put together” without being overdone.
Think the time of day.
Let’s face it, we live in Pensacola and it’s hot most of the year, but during summer months the added humidity turns the blazing furnace of a sun all the way up, making it much harder to enjoy beach sessions mid-day. Though I normally recommend against mid-day beach sessions, you should still consider this when selecting wardrobe.
Being overheated can make anyone cranky and frustrated (side note: be sure to hydrate and eat before your session no matter the time of day). Having heavy, restrictive apparel only makes it worse.
So when you’re planning, think breathable, fabrics with movement.
Don’t forget location.
There are so many beautiful places and themes for portrait appointments, but the thing to keep in mind is the level of uniqueness you want your photos to have. Think about your location and how you can use patterns or flowy fabrics to bring your images to life.
No matter what you decide to do, be sure to have fun with your wardrobe. Let it reflect your personality and what you want your portraits to look like.
So whether it’s engagement portraits, welcoming your new addition, or updating your family pictures, let’s schedule your unique portrait session today!