Apr 9, 2011

Family & Senior Sessions What to wear

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To start you want to think about the location we will be photographing at. Is it urban, country , natural, or Formal? 

Next, what is your vibe? 

Earthy, Eclectic, Soft? What colors portray this? 

Then the Season …. Fall, Winter, spring or summer? 

If we are in nature, I like to compliment the surroundings!  Every location and season has a different tone of color.  Use the season & location to help with what you’d like to wear.  I use anything from a location to sunset to inspire me for colors.  


Fall colors example : 


Most of all I  am going to want you to have fun.  My goal is to make this your session of images about your life and who you are.   The following are some guidelines to help make your clothing choices easier.

Keep in Mind:

  • Wear layers  or texture in the clothing, Cardigans, Komono
  • Texture again, because it looks so great!   Chunky knits or any knit, embroidery in a dress, lace, ruffles, denim, linen, etc..
  • Keeping it simple is always great. My favorite is jeans and a cute top or a flowy dress . Flowy pants look fun too.
  • Bring different changes of clothing for a variety of different looks for seniors .{ Be dressy, casual, formal, and or sporty} For Families its best to keep just one outfit.
  • Be unique, choose fun clothes that make you feel like yourself & your best.
  • Color Coordinate but don’t be too matchy! ( ie, everyone wearing the same outfit. ) 
  • Bring a pair of fun shoes, boots with socks, or go barefoot which is always my favorite!
  • Accessorize with Jewelry, hats, headbands, and Belts
  • Bring your favorite things ie,  musical instrument, sports, ballet shoes, tools, car…
  • It’s fun to bring formal outfits and your regular  clothing for variety with senior sessions
  • For whites try to choose an off-white if you can. I know it’s not always possible.
  • Guys make sure your socks are dark if you have dark pants and light if you have light-colored pants 
  • Guys let “new ” haircuts grow out at least   a few days or preferably for  5 -7 days otherwise it looks really blunt in pictures
  • Wear chapstick for guys  or lip gloss for girls especially if you tend to get chapped lips
  • Drink lots of water the day before and the day of for pretty skin!
  • Be true to yourself.
  • Be on time  so we can use the best light

My message is this  — Don’t stress over what to wear, just bring what you love & include variety. Wear clothes that are comfortable and express your personality.  If you wear what you love you can’t help but feel amazing and it will shine through in the photos!

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Start with your outfit and mesh the others around that. Put yourself first for once! ) Pick something you’ll feel confident and LOVE what you wear. YOU deserve that. build around your outfit. 

Don’t get too matchy-matchy. Add in various textures, and colors that mesh well with one another, and don’t be afraid to pop in a splash of pattern.

-Basic isn’t a bad thing. Spice up basic pieces with layers for Dynamic looks (cardigans, layered button-ups, sweaters, scarf). 

-Avoid super bold patterns. You want to look at the picture and notice your expressions, and vibe, not that super bold zig Zag tee and neon pants 

-Some of great places to shop for basics… AMERICAN EAGLE, Buckle ,  Old NavyH&MZara, Levi, and Target.


-Make sure whatever outfits you choose, that they are YOU. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable during the photos, so make sure your personalities and vibes are also a part of your decision-making when planning.

-Fave places to get dresses  Lulus, Asos, or Free People, Joy Folie, even Amazon!  

-Lay the outfits out on the floor and see how they mesh. Put a pop of color in someone’s dress ,  corduroy vest,  or shoes . 

For Example :


  • Wearing writing or VERY big logos esp 
  • Dressy Clothes that don’t allow you to Relax or be Yourself( unless they are You of course!)
  • Haircuts right before a session. ( sometimes you dont like the haircut so we want to avoid that ) 
  • Avoid neon. It color casts on your skin and doesn’t photograph well
  • Too short of a skirt or too low necklines
  • too contrasty of clothing. For example a white skirt and black top. The eye will be drawn to the skirt rather than the face.  Try clothing that is either, colorful, darks with darks, or lights with lights. it just needs to mesh well! 

Feel free to contact me with any ideas or questions. 

Here is some inspiration for your fall family session. Caramels, Pinks, and Blues all coordinated just right! If you need help deciding what to wear you can also see many more ideas on my Pinterest 











  • Try to coordinate rather than match too much.
  • Pick a pattern in one item of clothing and gather 2 or 3 colors from it to help coordinate.
  • Most often shirts can be untucked for guys 
  • Ladies, Go for something that is more fitted to give you shape. 
  • Accessorize for interest, color, and texture. ie hats, jewelry, scarves, etc
  • Girls — For that Eclectic look –Matilda Jane, tutu  du monde

Below .  The dad and son are wearing linen outfits .


Levis- for jeans in Khaki, caramels, color, Blue, or black.     

GAP- great pants, jeans etc. 

Free People – All sorts of styled clothing here.

VICI – Great Styles 

Spell – Luxury Boho Looks! 


Designer Marshalls can have great finds! 

Boutique stores in  Canton at the Etowah Mills or Woodstock 

Let’s get you styled ! 


Maternity Sessions:

  • Moms bring a black tank top and black yoga pants for simple belly shots.
  • oversized white button-down shirt to expose the belly. 
  • Maxi dresses, in flowing,  or ruffly clothing to show off the beautiful baby belly! 
  • Patterned button-down shirts for fun make great pictures too!
  • I can help you with some ideas and designers 



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