Photo Session Prep Guide

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This is the first question I get asked after booking a session. And I get it. Choosing outfits for your entire family or maternity session, can be a daunting task. But no fear! This guide was created to make the process a little bit easier.

  • First off, stay true to your style and what you love. This session is about you after all, and my tips are merely suggestions

  • Start with one item and use that as your statement piece. Maybe you’ve had an outfit you’ve been dying to wear, and haven’t yet. Start with that, and coordinate the rest around it.

  • It’s all about coordinating… Not matching. Coordinating is simply finding colors that compliment one another. Don’t be afraid of patterns when shopping. I LOVE when at least one or two family members is rocking a pattern. It creates another dimension of interest. Try one statement piece (for instance, a colorful floral dress for mom) and one subtle pattern (maybe tiny polka dots for baby girl), and then keep the rest of the family more simple. Just be careful of tiny plaid patterns and complicated patterns.

  • Texture is amazing! What do I mean by this? An article of clothing that creates visual interest. For example…tulled skirt, lace kimono, faux fur vest, an intricate knitted fabric, eyelet material, cable knits, chambray, tweed, herringbone, chambray. If you’re taking family photos with several people, only one person needs to wear a textured garment. Keep it simple.

  • Don't forget shoes! These are often the forgotten last element, but they can really make or break your outfits! Try to avoid athletic shoes or bright white shoes. Bare feet on the beach is also an option.


    Clothes that don’t vibe with your surroundings.

    Bright white. If you love white try an off white or ivory instead.

    Neon colors. These create skin tone/color cast issues.

    Text and logos.This is distracting and draws the eye away from your face


    Maxi dresses (especially super flowy ones), A-line dresses, skinny jeans, fitted tunics, 3/4 dresses or shirts


    Sleeveless or thin strapped garments (unless you love your arms), super tight clothing (you won’t be able to move freely), low cut tops


    Dark wash jeans, leather shoes/boots, cardigans, short sleeve button downs, chino pants/shorts, long sleeve button downs with sleeves rolled up to elbows


    Athletic shoes, cargo shorts, white t-shirts, white sneakers

  • KIDS

    Don’t be afraid to get your kid’s opinions on what they want to wear. Accessories for kids are great: headbands, vests, bonnets, hats, flower crowns, etc.

    Here are some examples on a Pinterest board I created