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Getting your picture taken is hard. Like, really hard. I totally get it. I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to make it easier. I’ve got pretty color palettes, shopping suggestions, where to begin when coordinating your outfits, and more. Pay attention to all of this information and your session will be a breeze, I promise. The first step? Book your slot!
What in the world should I wear?
This is me condoning a trip to Target. You’re welcome.
The first step in preparing for your photo session is deciding what your vision for the pictures is. Do you want lots of color, or a fall or holiday vibe? Maybe neutrals are more your thing. Is your living room straight out of Fixer Upper? If so, you might want to go with a simple color palette to match the aesthetic in the room.
As a starting point, check out this Pinterest board for some color palette inspo for families, and this one for all you engaged folks out there.
What NOT to wear
You know how you look back at your family pictures from 1998 and gasp? Let’s avoid that.
When it comes to the actual clothing items you pick out, you want to make sure that they’re timeless and flattering. Here are some tips to make sure that you don’t make any fashion faux-pas.
Consider the temperature and the typical weather for the season you’re in. Dress comfortably and be prepared for the unexpected.
Pick something that matches your personality and style. You should look and feel like you. Photos aren't always the best time to try out cutting-edge styles. You'll have these photos forever, and nothing can make a photo feel dated more than dress style. Just ask all the 90s couples who took their engagement photos in track suits! N
Stay far, far away from small stripes/patterns - they can get warped on camera.
Wear something that makes you feel good. You should look in the mirror and say to yourself, "I look good today!" The camera emphasizes confidence and self-consciousness. If you aren't sure you're rocking the outfit you picked, go with another one.
6. Layers are your best friend. They look great on camera, and can be discarded/applied for different looks/temperatures quickly.
It's good when the outfit matches the environment. Button downs and fancy dresses look great downtown or in venues, but not so much in the woods.
Pick something you can move around in, lay in the ground in, run around in, climb a tree in (okay, maybe not climb a tree, but you get the point). Some outfits are more difficult to work with than others.
Complimentary colors are where it's at. Matchy-matchy colors are how photos end up on awkward family photos. It's totally fine if you decide that grey is the way to go and have different shades and patterns, but don't both show up in matching blue jeans and charcoal gray tops.
Solid colors are great. If you want to rock a print, make sure one of you is wearing something more subtle for couples, and at least two people for groups over three people. Big clashing prints, if not coordinated, can confuse the eye.
As a general rule, neutral colors photograph better because they don’t mess with your complexion or the environment.
Avoid clothes with big words or brands (unless they are significant and intentional, like college apparel).
Give some thought to the entire ensemble, not just the big pieces. Shoes, belts, jewelry, keys in the pocket, cell phones in the pocket, makeup, cuff links, purse, clutch, tattoos, etc. Everything shows up in photos.
I know that all sounds really overwhelming, but follow those guidelines and your photos will be stunning. Wondering where to shop? My favorite outfits usually come from Old Navy, Target, Gap, or Madewell (for couples). Those stores usually have coordinating colors across mens, women’s, and children’s apparel, which makes it easy to find coordinating apparel for everyone!