10 Easy Tips:
1) Fluorescent is not your friend. Neon / florescent colors cast icky color hues on clients and unless you want a funky orange glow on the bottom of your chin, I always recommend staying away.
2) Primary colors are ALWAYS a good bet. Reds, yellows, and blues (and their offshoots) are classic. Classic is okay.
3) Small stripes are beautiful, but cameras aren't the biggest fan. Too small of stripes can lead to a weird pattern of commingled stripes, much like the cryptic lines a computer screen can get when you take a photo of it with your smart phone.. I want the focus to be on YOU, not the funny shapes your tiny stripes are creating. (MEDIUM/LARGE stripes or color blocks are okay though!!)
4) Try not to exclusively wear green during your summer outdoor photo session. Don't get me wrong, accenting with green can be absolutely stunning, but blending into the ivy in the background, less than ideal. (The same goes for exclusively whites during winter outdoor sessions!)
5) LAYER!! The easiest outfit changes can be accomplished with LAYERS! Want a different look? Take off your vest! What ANOTHER different look? Take off your scarf! Layers are also life savers during chilly winter sessions (especially for littles)!
6) Wear what makes you COMFORTABLE. If you are squashed and prodded by your new dress, the photos will show that discomfort.
7) Total Matching circa 1980.
Coordinating circa 2014.
8) Coordinates do not have to even be the same colors, patterns, cuts, etc (but more on this late..) They can have the same STYLE and still look amazing!!
9) Dress for the WEATHER and the SITUATION. Weather: I hate to be the first person to tell you this but winter in Minnesota is COLD. Please, please, please dress appropriately for the chilly temperatures!! Same story in the summer. That little blazer may be adorable but little man isn't going to be a happy camper if he's toasting his buns off the whole time... Situation: If you know we are going to be in the woods in the fall (after all the leaves have gone) bright pink may not be the greatest color choice in the same way that overalls may not be appropriate for the plaza.. ;)
10) BE YOURSELVES. If your little guy only ever wear jeans. LET HIM WEAR THEM. ;) He'll be happy (and possibly more willing to let you put him in the adorable sweater you've been eyeing..) You NEVER wear dresses? Don't feel like you HAVE to. Dresses are always pretty but if you are just not comfortable in one I am NOT one to judge!
And an extra...
11) Shoes TOTALLY matter. Don't expect to look like you stepped out of a J Crew ad as a family if your two little ones are wearing scuffed up tennis shoes. I would MUCH rather see coordinating shoes or no shoes. On babies you can try finding some adorable little socks or let the piggies free, whichever works best with your outfits/season.
All the colors of the rainbow:
For fall and winter deeper, rich jewel tones photograph best and look the most natural (See above ^). That being said, don't feel like you HAVE to stick to those colors and those colors ONLY. You don't. This is just a general guide, after all. This also does not mean that a brighter color like orange wouldn't look good. Just try to find muted variations of the brighter colors and you will be seasonally styling! (Examples below!!)
Mixing textures and prints is always an awesome idea for fall and winter, and always... (nothing says fall/winter in MN like red and black plaid, am I right?!) Gingham, canvas, and denim are also classics to fall and winter. Chevron is also HOT HOT HOT this year and with the right colors could portray that fall festive look fabulously. Try finding one amazing patterned piece for your family photos and add a bold coordinating color, a neutral, and another coordinating pattern and you will be styling.
PHOTOG TIP: If you feel like all this coordination business is just too much to plan and think about and makes your head spin dizzy rainbow of craziness check out Pinterest for _____(insert season here)___color combinations. There are literally bazillions of choices all picked out and paired up just perfect.
For the Ladies (Moms & Teens)
Hey ladies! Let me tell you right now I KNOW how difficult it is to find the perfect dress. Here's a hint: find YOUR outfit first and then make the rest of the family (or your love) dress around what you have in mind. It'll save everyone so much hassle. (And YES I'm serious.)
- Maxi skirts are always flattering. Skinny jeans are too. And yes you can wear them and rock them. I know you can. (Trust me here, okay?) Pair skinny jeans with TOMS, flats, sandals, or tall boots and a flattering top and it will not only look like your legs are going for days but also give you the look you want up top if ya know what I mean...
-Find colors that accent your skin tone. Not everyone can pull off mustard yellow or gold. I know that, you know that. Find a truthful friend to go with you shopping so you can absolutely look your best. YOU are your biggest critic. If you don't have someone to go with I am ALWAYS available to consult via photos, email, text! :) It's what I'm here for!
-If you HATE an item DON'T WEAR IT. Easy peasy. ;)
-Figuring out how you want your hair may be a good first step in choosing your outfit. Find the hair style you want to rock and do your hair that way when you go outfit shopping. Then there is no guessing if your hair will look okay with the collar on that shirt! :)
-Also! Don't forget about your accessories!! Even a small, simple necklace can absolutely add the sprinkles on the photo cake.
Look Book Style: Fall colors & styles
Look Book Style: Winter cozy and casual
For Little Ladies
I personally think little girls are fairly easy to shop for just because there are SO MANY clothing options EVERYWHERE for them! If you need more direction or have any questions let me know, otherwise I'll just show some sample styles below! :)
For guys attire it REALLY depends on what the lady wants to wear... Suggestions: men, if your lady is wearing a pattern of any sort, wear a plain color or subtle pattern. If your lady is wearing a sold color wear a pattern. The contrast will be awesome. Stick to what you know but don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If you only wear jeans, wear them, but pair with a button up, polo, or cardigan. Keep it simple (especially if you have a wife AND a daughter...) Match/compliment your eyes (if it matches the coordination..). If you're married or have a girlfriend, sister, or mom they will ABSOLUTELY know what colors make your eyes pop.
If you want to see awesome fashion ideas for men check out this H&M link: http://www.hm.com/us/department/MEN
For Little Men
Little guys are HARD to find cute, no slogan-ed, clothing for. I mean, the Nike symbol is nice and all but maybe shouldn't be the focal point of the family photo... If you can, try to stay away from distracting logos as it can draw the eyes away from the cutie that's sitting there! Hint: you can totally find some awesome places to shop where they don't make every single child a walking billboard..) ;)
Look Book Style: Classy
Look Book Style: Fall / Early Winter Casual
Our Favorite Places to Shop:
For the Ladies:
-H&M always has trendy, cute clothes that won't break the bank. Worth checking out FOR SURE. (Online here)
-TJ Maxx / Marshall's is hit and miss but when you hit MAN DO YOU HIT!! (Also brand name at decent pricing)
-Nordstrom Rack also has affordable, fashionable options (and sometimes you can find a helpful fitting room attendant that will tell you yay or nay honestly!!)
-ModCloth (Online here) Cheap, but sometimes SLOW shipping so be prepared to buy in advance!
-GroopDealz (aka my addiction site) is a daily deal site that has some amazing prices on boutique items. Stock is ALWAYS changing (every day or two) so if you look one day and don't see anything make sure you check back! (Online here)
-Stella and Dot has ADORABLE bags and jewelry for accenting (a bit spendy but crazy adorable, quality pieces) (Online here)
For the Gentlemen:
-H&M is kind of known in the photography world as the holy grail for men's fashion. (Link above)
-JC Penny is affordable (mostly) and if you go when they have a sale you can find fairly fashionable (read: not grease stained or 10 year old) outfit essentials. (Online here)
-Kohls may also be an option in this area for guys. Again, find a sale weekend and you'll save A LOT. (Online here)
For the kiddos:
-Janie and Jack has AMAZING little pieces and whole outfits. Again a bit expensive but it is SO HARD to find littles clothes without big logos and writing (and this page excels for girls AND boys)! (Online here)
-GroopDealz above also has some CA-UTE kids clothes occasionally (especially for little ladies)!
-The Children's Place is affordable and can have some awesome styles (Online here)
-Etsy has ADORABLE outfits for kids and can definitely be forgotten about! Plus you'll be supporting real people ;) (Online here)
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