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When I decided to start my photography business, I had no idea that being a personal wardrobe consultant would be part of the job. I almost always wear clothes that are comfortable and easy like jeans and flip flops so who was I to give suggestions on what to wear for a photo session!
I learned pretty quickly that most clients - including children, families, and seniors want and need help on what to wear before their photo sessions. This is so important because educating clients on what DOES look good and what DOESN'T look good will REALLY HELP everything come together for beautiful finished photos!
Here are 7 steps to coordinate outfits for a family photoshoot. Feel free to share these with your clients:
You want to avoid everyone doing “matchy matchy” clothes. That means no white shirts and jeans, no tan pants and blue shirts and nobody wearing the same color on top. Instead, you want them to coordinate colors. 2-4 colors that go well together is ideal!
There are basic color combinations that work for each season. To know which colors are being worn in each season, I suggest looking up Pantone Colors, with the year and season. Each year they predict the colors that are trending. I also love using Pinterest to help get a better idea of groups of colors that coordinate well together.
I usually suggest clients first look through their wardrobe and find one article of clothing that is their favorite. This can be a solid color or a pattern. Plaid and argyle are great patterns to use in photos because they incorporate at least 3 colors which can be used to build your outfits around.
Here are some clothing choice ideas that would be great to build and coordinate around:
Now that you’ve chosen your first article of clothing, you can build all of the other outfits around it, using colors that coordinate well together.
To do this, take your one piece of clothing and start going through your other clothes that you already own. Chances are, you have some that will coordinate well.
After you’ve pulled the clothes that you currently have together, start looking at the gaps that need to be filled in. I like to lay all the pieces on my bed and look at everything together. That way, I get a clear idea of what I still need. Remember, we want 2-4 colors.
When I figure out what I'm missing, I usually make a shopping trip to Old Navy. They have clothing for mom, dad, and children, so I know I will be able to fill in my clothing gaps with colors that coordinate.
Now it’s time for accessories - I love this part! I send clients to one store for accessories and that is Charming Charlie’s. They have jewelry in every color, different styles, and are priced reasonably.
Let’s say the clothes above are what I need to find accessories for. The accessories below would be perfect for pulling these clothes together.
This includes jewelry for mom and a flower crown for the daughter that coordinates with the clothes. Notice mom has a mint skirt but the jewelry I chose has more of a peachy/pink color because I want it to coordinate with daughter’s dress.
Shoes do matter!
You don’t want to show up to your photoshoot looking gorgeous in your clothes but ruin your look with your 10-year-old sandals that clearly show their age.
But you also probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on shoes if you don't have to.
I get it! I have a family of 6 so I know I can’t buy everything new for a photo session. So, again, look through what you have. If shoes need to be cleaned up or scuff marks taken out, do that to bring new life into them and make sure to choose shoes that are right for your outfits.
If you need some help giving your families ideas of what to wear, save this next image and share it with them!
Here are some quick Do's and Don'ts you can also pass along to your clients before their photoshoot. With these tips, they will be able to do their part to ensure beautiful family photos!
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Amy Phipps is the photographer behind On the Phippside Photography, located in Stockton, California. Amy has been married for 21 years and has 4 children. When she’s not trying to decide between which of her 43 black shirts to wear, you can probably find her sipping on a Dr. Pepper and walking around any day of the year in flip flops.