Outfit Inspiration Guide - Families & Children
16 Outfit Tips for Your Session
Maria Rosa Photography
Pro Tip No.01
THOSE DANCING FEET
Some of the best shooting locations rarely have solid ground. Wear shoes you can move in.
Avoid NEON at all costs. This applies to stripes on shoes as well as anywhere on any clothing! On the beach, shoes won't be a necessity.
Pro Tip No.02
ALL THE LAYERS
Layers are fantastic to add! Balance out busy patterns with a neutral scarf or cardigan. Long layers look great on all body types! Blazers, light jackets, sweaters, vests, scarves, suspenders for the boys, hats, leggings, tights, layered shirts.
Pro Tip No.03
PATTERNS and TEXTURES
Don't be afraid to mix patterns and textures. This adds depth and interest. Gone are the days everyone's in white shirts and jeans. Balance out busy patterns with a neutral scarf or cardigan. Long layers look great on all body types!
Pro Tip No.04
BUT WHAT ABOUT MY FACE?
Wear your makeup roughly 20% darker than you would normally wear. It will help add depth and contouring.
Pro Tip No.05
LOGOS and STRIPES
Avoid clothing with thick strips and logos. Just say no to characters on shirts. Choose clothing that is more timeless. Have options that balance each other.
Pro Tip No.06
Have twins? Dress them uniquely and embrace their individuality! The same is true for all siblings!
Pro Tip No.07
DON'T FORGET THOSE WRISTS
Ditch the sports watches and hair ties on the wrists! Keep in mind that small bracelets can sometimes photograph as a hair band.
Pro Tip No.08
IF MOM IS THERE, CONSIDER DRESSING HER FIRST
If you pick out Mom's outfit first and then dress the children and dad, Mom may be much happier and more confident knowing she's wearing something she feels comfortable and beautiful in. If you pick out the kids' outfits first, she may not be as happy if she can't find the right thing to match in her closet. Make sure Mom feels great during your session! Pick hers out first!
Pro Tip No.09
BRIGHT COLORS IN MODERATION
The brighter the color the less there should be of it across the whole family. Balance off a brighter outfit with neutral accessories and minimal jewelry.
Pro Tip No.10
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. You may need to order something online. If you wait until the day before, you may run into issues of clothes not fitting, being dirty, etc. Give yourself plenty of time to order or shop.
Pro Tip No.11
SHOW ME THOSE SLEEVES
When in doubt, go with a dress or shirt that has sleeves! A medium crop sleeve right above or below the elbow is flattering on all body types. Sleeves are great to draw attention to your face and not to your arms if you'd rather not. If you are self-conscious about your arms at all, sleeves may help keep you feeling great in your portraits. They look nice on everyone.
Pro Tip No.12
ACCESSORIES and DETAILS
Pay special attention to the details! Adding in a scarf, statement necklace, earrings, belts, or even a small bouquet can provide the perfect amount of punch to any outfit.
Pro Tip No.13
A WARM POP of COLOR
Adding a warm pop of color against a neutral palette will give your outfit just the right amount of style.
Pro Tip No.14
LARGE GROUP SESSION
Dressing extended family members who live in different homes can be tricky. Keeping all the tips in mind, make it even simpler. Possibly bring it down to one color with some specified neutral shades. Or one neutral shade and specific pops of colors. You could have one or two members of the family "overlooking" some of the outfits and have family members text you pictures and ideas of what their thinking for their immediate families. This might help others pick good complementary colors and patterns. Some members can bring an additional shirt or sweater just in case. Keep colors simple. In general solid-colored clothing will be best - keep away from too many patterns unless you know who will be wearing it, and you make sure it doesn't clash with other patterns. If Uncle Joe, Uncle Rob, Aunt Mary, and little Julie are all wearing different wide patterns or variations of plaid, or thick stripes, that may not look so great. Keep outfits simple. Use overall solid colors. Consider pops of interest with textures, layers, and accessories.
Pro Tip No.15
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!
Ditch the winter jackets and layer up with undershirts and long undies. Add a puffer vest or a scarf for a pop of texture.