Emerald Rue

Portrait Session Style | 5 Tips for Outfit Planning

  • Sep 4, 2019

You are amazing and your life is worth documenting as is. I passionately believe this.

But you also want to look and feel great in photos, which can be stressful, especially if you’re the one getting the entire family ready.  My goal for photos is to capture personalities, expressions, interactions  and relationships.  Clothing can have a positive effect on the final outcome and I’m here to help you plan!

Tips for Success in Outfits

  1. Elimination:  There are some types of clothing that are memorable, but in a not-so-good way. Based on my experience, here are some clothing choices to avoid:
      Stripes that are both tiny and the same size
      Too much denim (can make odd patterns up close)
    • Characters & name brands
    • Overmatching – choose mom’s outfit first and coordinate from there
  2. Pick Mom’s Outfit
    To get the flow going, start with one outfit you REALLY like that makes you feel great. Long dresses or flowy tops are ideal to create movement within your lifestyle photos. Layer accordingly per season.
  3. Coordinate
    Find clothing for other members of the family that coordinate with your outfit. Neutrals are a solid base which will never date. Add some color if you wish to break things up!
  4. Layering
    Layering is an excellent way to add dimension to your images as well as give variety. Scarves, jackets, sweaters, hats, etc. which can be easily removed offer texture and options for change.
  5. Hair & Make-up
    This is your time to shine! If you feel inclined, get your hair and make-up done, mama, you deserve it!

Otherwise, think about how your hair and make-up will translate on film. I recommend at least light make-up as well as doing your hair, either in curls or as you would daily if you were venturing out.

Don’t forget the kids! This mornings breakfast on faces, chapped lips and messy hair cannot be fixed with Photoshop!

Want more?

I’ve created an entire session style guide, complete with exactly how to coordinate colors, example photos to give you a visual and suggestions for where to shop. To get it, click the button below!