Things to consider when selecting wardrobe for your session:
Style! Think about the setting we are using first (studio, nature, urban) and consider what *style* would seem most appropriate for the setting. Nature sessions are best with a more casual, natural-toned look. Urban sessions are best with more hip, bold clothes. And studio sessions can go a lot of different directions, depending on what you want the images to look like. In the studio, clothing could take a back seat, for a tighter, faces-and-shoulders approach; it could be stark, crisp, modern minimalism; it could be funky and colorful, with bold patterns, etc.
Color! Next, think about colors. Again, think about what you want the images to look like. If you love nature and want to sort of blend in, maybe some delicate tan or cream tones (stay away from green, since you'll be surrounded by it); chambray photographs nicely everywhere. Or try to contrast with the wildflowers! If you want to pop in an urban setting, pick a couple of bright colors that look good together. For studio, decide if you want something bright and poppy or something more muted and go from there.
For solo portraits of babies and kids, look on Etsy or Pinterest!
For group photos, please consider what your colors will look like together. For families, It's generally a good idea to choose 2-3 colors (gray, yellow, pink), (khaki, red, aqua), and choose different garments and accessories for each family member in those colors. IMPORTANT: I often feel that dads look too buttoned-up during their sessions. Consider that you may be sitting on the floor together in bare feet. A man will look pretty silly doing that if he's wearing a button-down tucked into khakis with a belt. Relax! If you're starting from scratch, go to the GAP or Old Navy. They usually have things for the entire family that coordinate really well! If you do decide as a stylistic choice to dress everyone in the SAME color, please choose different garments. I find the look of a family all dressed in matching button-down shirts to be incredibly boring. I also always prefer cream, charcoal, or gray to white or black. It's just less severe.
USUALLY NO WATCHES. Try to remember not to wear your watch the day of your session, unless it's a stylistic choice--they are distracting in photos, especially on women.
NEWBORNS look best in their bare bottoms. Please see "tips on preparing for your newborn session" for more information.
FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN: Bare feet are usually best in the studio. I often have everybody sitting on the floor, and if they have shoes on, I get a lot of photos of shoe-bottoms. Their little fat feet are so much cuter than shoe bottoms!
MATERNITY: maternity photos should be shot around 32-34 weeks for sufficient impact. For maternity sessions, the most important thing is that your belly be free of indentations and such. Try not to wear tight-fitting elastic or jeans for a few hours before your session (and consider going bra-less that day). Feel free to bring your favorite maternity outfits. Jeans don’t have to button, and tank tops don’t have to stretch all the way over the belly. Bare bellies are gorgeous. For shots of you with your partner or other children, please wear solids (your clothing for these shots should serve as a backdrop for yourselves). My style is very casual and comfortable, and my models do a lot of sitting on the floor, usually in bare feet. Consider this, especially when choosing wardrobe for men. men can sometimes look too tucked-in and uncomfortable. Have men wear solid, background-type colors, either lights or darks. Of course, if your man happens to look great shirtless, we can do that, too!
here’s a list of things to consider bringing, although none of this is necessary (i have lots of sheer wraps for you if the belly is the main focus; you don’t have to wear anything at all). strapless bras, nude panties, pretty panties, shorts, and lingerie. jewelry is great.