I know I said I was going to do this post via video but to be honest it was just getting to be too complicated so good old writing it is!
One of the most frequent questions I get asked before client photo sessions is “What do I wear?!” Styling is such a huge part and can make or break a photo and I am always extremely happy when I get asked this.
To make this as easy as possible, I asked one of my favorite photographers, Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography if I could use her images as examples of exceptional styling and she gave me permission! Yay! Thank you so much Angie, I really appreciate your help.
Just remember this: Color. Texture. Accessories. Compliment.
Let’s get right to it. Families. When it comes to families, it is important that everyone remains complimentary, yet different. This does NOT mean that everyone should be matchy-matchy. Here are two examples that display this:
Notice how all of their color choices compliment each other – nothing looks too “clashy” but there are nice pops of color here and there with the greens, yellows and pinks. There is also lots of texture in layering and pattern choice.
This family stuck to the black, grey and white palette but balance nicely because of texture and pattern choices. They aren’t too matchy-matchy at all despite their choice of sticking to the neutrals. Subtle accessories complete the look in the form of a headband and a brooch (my favorite, to break up the simplicity of her black top).
Individuals. This is where you can really have some fun. Mix it up! Lots of color, layering, texture and fun accessories add interest and make photos come to life. Always remember to make choices that compliment YOU. Don’t choose colors that are going to wash you out and stick to what you are comfortable in.
Specifically in the photo on the left, the addition of a bright scarf and fun hosiery make this photo pop. Her base is dark but her accessories make the outfit. The fur collar on the right compliments her hair, eye and skin tone in an extremely simple way.
This is a great example of what a simple pop of color can do for your outfit (and photo!)
Again, you don’t always have to be decked out head to toe in bright, bold colors. This is a great example of a neutral outfit accessorized perfectly to add interest.
Or GO FOR IT! How gorgeous does this look – lots of color, texture, accessories – you name it!
Adorable accessories, patterns, layering and color and BAM. Gorgeous photos.
I could go on for days about this but I really feel like these examples showed the important things to focus on when choosing your outfits for your session. You probably already have everything you need in your closet! It’s just about pairing the right things together to achieve the perfect look. Usually, there isn’t a need to spend tons of money on a new wardrobe, maybe just buy a few fun and inexpensive accessories. As always, I am more than happy to assist with styling before your shoot, just give me a heads up! Remember: Color. Texture. Accessories. Compliment.
Again, a huge thanks to Angie for letting me use her images!
Until next time~
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