Choosing colors - Try to stick to pastels, grays, neutral tones and earthy tones like greens, burgundy, blues, etc. White and light colors can look beautifully simple and fresh while dark colors can bring a beautiful contrast to the NM backgrounds.. 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.

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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 -  Any neon or overly saturated colors like bright pinks & florescent colors. Please stick to a neutral or earthy palette. Please try not to wear items with large logos.

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 - Your hair shouldn't look like you rolled out of bed, unless you have perfect "bed head". You want to make sure you look put together. If you can afford to do so, hire a stylist for hair and make-up.

Consider - A semi casual look. Think about what you would wear on a date night out or a play/theatre. Nothing super formal, 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.

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