I love my husband, I really really do. But for the love of God he can not envision anything! ( I blame it on the left brain/right brain thing.) I can tell him 100 times in 100 different ways my ideas , and things just don’t “click” for him until the final product is produced and he can actually see it. Which is always followed by a “well, why didn’t you just tell me that is what you wanted?!?!” (You ladies know what I mean!)
Many of us feel the same way when it comes to planning what to wear for photography sessions. Heck, I even stress out about it! I thought I would put together a little post of my top tips for styling a photography session to make things a little easier for you.
1. The K.I.S.S. Method
Keep It Simple, Stupid…I often refer to this as my theory on life. Don’t over think things or stress out. I want you to have fun, enjoy your session and make memories. Pick outfit choices that you know look great on and work well together. Wear outfits that you are comfortable and happy in. If Dad wants to wear a Hawaiian shirt, let him! We will make it work, promise!
2. Compliment not match
Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color spectrum. When used together in the correct balance, these colors balance one another and are very visually pleasing. Okay, I obviously stole that definition from Webster’s. Think Orange and Blue or Green and Red. These colors should harmonize with one another, not compete.
3. Dress for your setting and season
Use the colors of your setting as a guideline. Are you taking fall pictures with lots or oranges and reds or beach pictures with tans and blues? Use these natural colors to help plan your outfit choices.
So you are a jeans and t-shirt type of person, no problem add a scarf or some fun bangle bracelets to your ensemble. Adding accessories is an easy way to incorporate colors and make the over all look cohesive.
5. Avoid large patterns and prints on clothing
Large patterns and prints (or wording) on clothes can be very distracting and take away from an overall look, especially on younger children. I typically suggest only one family member wearing a bold pattern or print.
6. Be true to yourself
Choose outfits which represent your family. After all, these are your pictures and your memories.
7. Ask me for help
You are not bothering me, I promise! Send me pictures or links of what you are thinking of wearing, ask me for suggestions. I always recommended playing around with colors pallets. This is a super fun website that lets you play around with color pallets. Click on a color to lock it in and find complimentary colors. http://coolors.co/
Some of my favorite looks…