Coordinating vs. Matching
There is an old fashioned idea floating
around that everyone in the picture needs
to have on matching clothing. This is not
true! Coordinating is far better than
matching. Choose colours that look nice
together, but don't fall into the trap that
you all need to be wearing the exact
same blue shirt. Your photos will be far
more interesting with some variation!
Add interest to your photos by
incorporating plenty of colour and/or
patterns. Don't be afraid of either of
these! If you're overwhelmed with where
to start, or wonder "How much is too
much?" you might start with a print that
you love, and pull in some of the
coordinating colours with other pieces I always recommend having at least three colors in your
palette. Adding in a couple of patterns looks nice too!
Add in a solid shirt for one person, maybe some stripes
for another. Remember, the key is to coordinate, so the
colours in your prints and patterns are your friend!
If your personality is suited to a more subtle look,
neutrals photograph beautifully as well. You can easily
keep your colour scheme neutral and add in smaller
amounts of colour for variety.
If you’re having a hard time deciding on a colour
palette, let the colours of your home inspire you! Since
your home is where your images will be displayed,
think about the colours that will coordinate well with
your home and style of décor.
Finish off your look with accessories
and layers. This can really make your
photos "YOU" and looks fantastic in
photos! Consider adding a statement
necklace or scarf to your outfit, and
for your family, consider accessories
such as a vest, belt, jacket, hat,
suspenders, headband, etc. Accessories
are the perfect way to give a finishing
touch to your look, and they can really
set your photos apart.
Things to Avoid.
There are a few tones that are less
flattering for photos that I usually recommend my
clients avoid, specifically neon colours, and wearing all
white. White tends to wash out most people's skin
tones and isn’t most flattering. This isn't to say you
can't have any white on, but it might be best to not
make it your principle colour of choice for every person
in your photo shoot. Neon colours will cast bright colours onto your skin in photos,
and can make it difficult to capture your natural skin tones. While neon colours are a lot of fun,
it’s best to save them for occasions outside of photo time.
Avoid clothing with large logo’s and running shoes for men, go for a loafer or solid colour casual shoe.
Helping my clients get ready for their photo session is
one of my greatest joys! I hope these tips give you
some ideas and help you to feel a little more prepared.
If you have any questions, or even any more tips or
ideas, don't hesitate to ask!
WHAT TO WEAR?-A style guide
Do you have a certain colour that you
really love to wear? Wear it! Do you love
dresses? Wear one! Find something that
makes you feel beautiful! If you are
comfortable in what you are wearing, it
will transfer to your photos. Being
comfortable and confident in what we're
wearing can make a huge difference in
how we feel and how relaxed we are in
front of the camera.
Still stuck? Here are a few
recommended pieces to get you started!
FOR MOM: Dresses are very flattering, and
photograph beautifully. However jeans , leggings ad boots look amazing too. Just wear what makes you feel fabulous.
FOR DAD: Chinos and button up shirts or jeans look sharp, masculine and tailored in photos. Keep in mind that fitted slacks or jeans, as opposed to cargo styles, photograph best.
FOR KIDS: Same as mom and dad! Don’t forget to
accessorize the kids! Little touches like hair accessories, bow ties and suspenders can add the perfect stylistic touch to your photos.