This summer has been a season full of engagements and family portraits! I am so grateful to have met so many new people and reconnected with others while meeting their family. A question that has come up over and over this summer is, "What should we wear to our session?" So I thought I'd answer that in a blog post, for everyone who is nervous about getting professional pictures taken for the first time!
The answer will really depend on the person, but I am a big fan of wearing complimentary - but not matching - outfits. Choose one or two colors to highlight, and pattern your choices around that. If you just love navy and coral, then great! Don't go out and buy the same navy colored shirt and coral shorts for everyone in the shoot, though. Find pieces that will connect you and the people in the photos with you. That might mean a navy shirt and coral pants for you, and a navy shirt with a coral logo and khaki shorts for your husband.
Or, you could mix up the colors with jewelry. If you want everyone wearing navy, let them choose what piece of their clothing is that color. You could wear a navy necklace while your husband wears a dark blue polo. You will compliment each other without being too matchy-matchy, and it will look great in pictures!
I would also recommend picking ONE piece as the fun, highlighted part of your outfit, and no more! If you are wearing a busy dress with a floral print, then choose a solid cardigan and tan shoes, for example. You want to stay away from a large print on top and another pattern on the bottom. This will cause the focus to be on your outfit instead of you! The same goes for jewelry/watches, etc...don't over-accessorize! A matching bracelet and necklace is cute. A large, beaded necklace, bracelet, earrings, and heavily decorated shoes will end up distracting from your pictures more than adding to them.
Another idea is to coordinate your outfit with your wedding/Christmas card colors, so when you send out cards or save the dates, everything matches! Also, be sure that you are either both dressy or both somewhat casual - it would look funny for one person to be in a collared shirt and tie, while the other is in jeans and a loose sweater. In these cases, it's helpful to pick out your outfits a few nights before the shoot, rather than the day of!
The most important thing is this - be comfortable, and be yourself. I am absolutely a huge fan of getting cute, fun outfits to wear, but if you're wearing an outfit you will never put back on again, you'll think of that every time you look at your pictures! Find something that you would want to wear over and over again, and you probably will. The point of pictures is to showcase who YOU are, not who someone else is or what they would wear. So have fun with it!
If you're still a little stuck, check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas!