The Style Guide
Helpful tips for your session
Choosing colors - Try to stick to pastels, grays, neutral tones and earthy tones.
White and light colors can look beautifully simple and fresh. White shirts under a dark jacket are perfect along with light colored dresses, that's a match made in heaven. Lace is beautiful for little girls or as an accent for a woman. Pick out a few pops of color to coordinate between subjects when working with a palette of softer tones and neutrals.
Prints and patterns - I like dots, stripes and plaids together with block colors if they are subtle and of the same tones. I think just a touch of those extra elements on one or two of the family members makes the collection of clothes together look interesting and slightly spontaneous. I prefer to see people in outfits that don’t match, but go together. Like those that have a similar color palette. If you love prints, by all means wear them – your clothes should help tell a story about who you are.
Avoid - Bright reds, oranges and bright pinks. Any neon or overly saturated colors are no bueno. Reds can end up looking too pink or too orange and sometimes if not exposed perfectly, it can look both of those wrong colors at the same time!
Shoes - Should be neat and go with your outfit. They don’t have to be top shelf, but ensure that they are clean and in good appearance.
Hair care - If you are a hair up person, make sure you choose a style suitable for the day – you don’t want to constantly be fighting the wind blowing stray hairs over your face.
Consider - A semi casual look. Think about what you would wear on a date night out or a play/theatre. Nothing too dressy, but something you take pride in wearing. Outfits should make you feel beautiful.
Shirts with collars are fantastic for framing the face. Layers and different textures are LIFE….huge BONUS points for you if you add textures (lace, wool, fur, etc).
Background - Should always be taken into consideration when choosing outfits for a session. If the images are to be taken at sunset in a dessert field, the family would look amazing wearing a palette of violet, blues, greys, ivory and white. If you were to want a session at a very green lush park, The same family might look amazing in a warm toned collection of clothing, like tans, brown and oatmeal, ivory, denim and greys.
Make-up - It is always a great idea to have your make up and hair professionally done for your photography session. It will make a huge difference in how you look and feel. Of course, I understand this is an added expense so do what you can, but don't bust the budget.
Accessories - Simple and minimal work well. Think outside the box. Hats, scarves, jewelry, vests, jackets, etc. All these things can take an "OK" image and make it feel more like an "OH YES" image! These things should never be center-stage, but should compliment the collection.
Group & family sessions - Keep your clothing simple and coordinating. It must be carefully selected to blend the bodies together. Avoid busy patterns and logos. Solid colors are best. You must decide whether the basic tone of the clothing will be warm-toned (browns, etc.) or cool-toned (blues/grays/blacks, etc.) Mismatched colors in groups tend to be distracting.
Coordinate outfits, but don't match
Props - For that special occasion, feel free to bring a long a special prop. I have a few on hand, but not much. I generally find props in nature (trees, rocks, bushes, etc.). Balloons are great and fun for birthday sessions. Some of my families bring along a whole set, which I love! Again, I don't keep much on hand, but I will be more than happy to utilize what you bring. Let's make it fun and memorable.