Simple goes a long way! I like to keep the focus on the subject; therefore, simple clothing choices are best for creating timeless portraits. Use Pinterest as a source of research for clothes that look great together!
Children and Babies
I suggest loose fitting solid colours, avoiding busy patterns or logos/words. Blue’s Clues is cute for playtime, but can look out of place for your child’s portraits. Jeans, overalls, sun/slip dresses; khakis are classics and photograph well. I especially like boys in jeans and plains tees, and girls in simple sundresses; weather permitting of course.
Hats can also be very effective; as well as other accessories such as scarves or funky belts. If children are being photographed together, clothes that are similar in style give a more coordinated look. Bare feet are especially fun, and kids love it too. If shoes are preferred, please make sure they are in good shape, and not scuffed. Consider dressing in the color white sparingly, for this colour often reflects light strongly.
Bare skin is my favourites on newborns and babies. You may have other clothes to put on baby, but keep in mind; baby may get grouchy when there are too many clothing changes. Long sleeve shirts are also recommended for men as it helps create a lovely line when men do not feel comfortable with no shirt on.
I suggest bringing a few outfits that you are considering and allowing me to help you make the final choice on what would best suit the look and feel you are going for in your child’s portraits. I also have on hand a few items such as dresses and tutus that you are welcome to incorporate into the session.
Let’s say, however, you want a trendier look for your child. Well then things change a bit! I love the timeless looks in the clothing mentioned above, but also enjoy photographing a session with a more “hip” feel to it. I still caution against bold logos or cartoon characters on clothing.
Please let me know ahead of time if you’d like to try for a trendier look, or a more classic look, or even both! For in studio, I use paper backdrops for trendy sessions, so knowing ahead of time helps me prepare for your session.
Family photographs are special, a legacy of whom your family was for future generations to enjoy. Clothing choices are just as important for family sessions, as other sessions. I highly suggest clothing for each family member that has the same tone, not necessarily the same color. Please be wary of stripes, plaid, words and logos on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family. Oh, and bare feet are great for family sessions too!
In conclusion, clothing choices are important. As your photographer, I want you to see who your child is, and not just what outfit they were wearing. Clothing should compliment your child’s look, not complicate it.
Please contact me for further questions on clothing.