Saturday, April 3, 2010


The very first question most clients ask after scheduling a session is with me is “What should we wear?”. With spring sessions booking up, I thought it would be a great time to share my thoughts on this all important question.

The answer is simple really: Whatever you are most comfortable in!

Think about what best reflects your style and personality. If you adore your daughters in fancy dresses and big hair bows, by all means go all out dressing them up. However, if you are a more causal kind of family, jeans are great too.

That being said, here are some general do’s and don’ts:

Simple patterns, bold colors, textures and layers all photograph well. Think scarves (light weight or winter weight), hats, jackets, blazers, ties, denim, knits and corduroy. Long sleeves under short sleeves, leggings under skirts/dresses and fun shoes like tall boots or sassy sandals.

Avoid logos and character-wear. Leave Dora and Diego at home. Keep it timeless and focused on your faces, not your clothes.

Clothes that make you feel good make you LOOK good. This applies to children as well as adults.

For families and groups consider coordinating, but not necessarily matching, colors and clothing. One useful approach is to choose one item of clothing (usually for a child) with a pattern of interest, and build solid color choices around that one patterned, or particularly fun /unique item. Starting with something mom looks good in and building outfits for the rest of the family around her outfit is also a good strategy, since we all know that the only good family pictures are ones where mom looks good! Also important is making sure everyone dresses at the same level of formality; either all dressy or all casual.

For newborns simple snug fitting clothing or nothing at all are good choices.

For babies and toddlers, favorite accessories and toys add a wonderful personal touch to your photos.

Finally, consider how the location you have in mind will work with your clothing selections. If you have your heart set on a session at the park in the fall, consider clothes that make sense in that setting such as jeans and sweaters. For the beach, think causal clothes, sundresses and bare feet.

Need more inspiration? Ready to shop? Check out these links to some of my favorite places to shop:

Hanna Andersson
chasing fireflies
Garnet Hill
mini boden
best dressed kids
moppet frocks

just for girls:
Lilly Pulitzer
Justice for Girls
Simply Bows

some local gems:
Olivia Rose
Village Baby
Abigail's Children's Boutique
The Red Wagon
Mila Lilu
The Tots
The Nutshell


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