Generally in your photos you will want to stand out, but at the same time you don’t want your clothing to take the attention off the subject. When you look at your pictures you want your faces to be the first thing that you notice. Your clothes define you as a person but what you don’t want is them being center of attention.
Choose a Basic Colour Palette
It is always a good idea to start off with a certain colour palette. This can be anything ranging from all pastels, to grey and white, from colourful colours to neutral, etc. If you do decide on a strong/vivid/colourful colour such as pink, orange, blue etc, it is always best to balance it out with a neutral colour such as beige, grey, cream, navy blue, etc. You can also use the same colours but with a different tonal range! Here are a few good examples:
This family have gone for warm colours such as the orange and pink, and then they have balanced it out with brown, beige and some grey.
The colour scheme here is a very simple, medium tone of pale violet/grey to lighter tones of grey/beige.
This family have gone for more darker colours such as a navy blue, a lighter shade of blue, accompanied by dark-medium grey to beige.
After you have chosen your colour palette it’s time to mix and match everyone! Try not to have everyone looking identical because you want your personalities to shine through and you definitely do not want to end up looking like clones! 🙂 So for example if we have one person wearing pink jeans, the daughter can have the same tone of pink clothing on… it can be something as small as shoes or even a hair band.
Layering can be lots of fun! You don’t necessarily need to keep it simple by something like jeans and a shirt. This can add a little something extra to an outfit and can really compliment it. Layering works really well when it is different material and textures working together such as wool, lace, denim, frills, ruffles, etc. Layering can also be so elegant when on girls. For example… tights, frilly socks & boots. The frill in that combo would add some extra depth right there. You can also accompany that by a skirt with frills and a plain cardigan to balance it out. Remember don’t go too over the top.
Accessories & Props
Accessories can just complete an outfit! A beautiful hat, pearl necklaces, earrings, necklaces, flowers in your hair, headbands, etc. Just be aware of the colours because you don’t want them to clash with your outfit. Props are also good. I’ve often had clients whose children want to bring an old teddy bear… again this can add something extra to the photograph.
Him & Her Clothing
What I find works really well is when a woman dresses in something feminine. For example a beautiful maxi dress, lace/frilly dress, skirts, something flowy etc. Essentially something that is ‘girlie’. Accompanied next to man who is dressed in… lets say.. trousers and a shirt… this can really make the woman look gorgeous standing next to a well dressed man. However if this is not your ideal dress sense, jeans and a nice shirt would also work.
G I R L S ||| Floral Dresses – Ruffled/Floral/Pattern Skirts – Boots – Polka Dot/Striped Leggings – Coloured Leggings or Tights – Jean Jackets – Floral – Vintage – Shawls – Pastel Colours – Frills – Frilly Socks – Jean Shorts with Thick White Tights – Cardigans – Pettiskirts
B O Y S ||| Smart Shirts – Jeans – Wool Jumpers – Grandpa Style (flat) Hats – Smart Suits – Braces Outfits – Vintage Outfits – v-neck Jumpers with Patterned Shirt underneath
Accessories & extra items
Don’t be afraid to accessorise! Just don’t over do it. Feel free to include the following:
– Teddy Bears if your child has one they can’t part with
– Floral crowns (boho style)
What to avoid
Now that we have established what to wear, it’s time to talk about what NOT to wear. The following list can break or ruin any outfit so I highly, highly suggest to steer well clear of:
– Lots of different & heavy patterns
– Big/large amount of solid black clothing (eg. black shirt)
– Logos / words / writing (this includes shoes)
– Pictures on clothing
– Bright Colours
– Bright red as it can be very prominent and can stand out too much
– Cliche outfits such as fairy princess outfits
– Everyone in identical clothing
– Clothes that are too fancy such as big fluffy dresses or anything that is too dress-up.
Normal every day clothes is the best way to go. Keep it semi-smart, pretty, and just a tad dressed up.
Need more inspiration ideas? Check out my Pinterest for a lot more clothing ideas and suggestions:
Girls Inspiration Board http://www.pinterest.com/ladytorii/girls-clothing/
Boys inspiration board: http://www.pinterest.com/ladytorii/boys-clothing/
Lady Tori Photography services Cudworth, wards and villages of Barnsley, near surrounding areas such as Doncaster, Sheffield, Wakefield, Rotherham, Huddersfield & Pontefract.