Session Style Guide

Capturing Family Magic

Picking out your outfits for a photo session is a tad trickier than just grabbing some go-to clothes from your closet, right? I mean, what looks fantastic in everyday life doesn't always shine on camera. The goal here is to discover a style that reflects your family's personality while adding that special touch!

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Setting the Scene

Location matters! Tailor your wardrobe to the backdrop. 

Beach Vibes: Picture this – a beach backdrop, waves crashing gently in the background, and your family bathed in the soft, golden light of the setting sun. For this beachy setting, think light and airy. You'll want colors that match the serene, wide-open scenery. Imagine everyone in flowy linen and earthy neutral tones, maybe a light to medium palette – it's all about that casual, luxurious beach vibe. 

Autumn Magic: Now, imagine you're amidst a fall wonderland, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of rich, warm tones. To coordinate seamlessly with this backdrop, you'll want to embrace the colors of the season. Think long dresses and cozy sweaters. Opt for golden browns, deep maroons, forest greens, with subtle hints of spice. It's all about creating that autumnal atmosphere.

Indoor Elegance: Sometimes, the cozy indoors make for the perfect backdrop. Whether you're at home or in a studio, let the setting guide your style. Neutral and earthy tones are your friends here as well. They bring a touch of sophistication to the scene. Soft pastels and light colors also work wonders, creating a clean and timeless look.

Texture, Shape, & Ensemble

Let's get into the fun part – styling your outfits! This is where the real magic happens, and it's all about making you feel your best.

Texture Matters: Texture adds depth and character. It's the secret ingredient that takes your look to the next level. So, think about incorporating different fabrics and subtle accessories. We're talking cozy knits, denim, lace, a delicate gold necklace, and more.

Pattern Play: Patterns can add dimension, texture, and interest. But remember, less is more. Reserve busy patterns or prints for a few family members to avoid an overwhelming look. If multiple family members wear patterns, vary the scale. Have one person wear a small print, another a medium-sized one, and another a large print. Explore patterns like plaid, polka-dots, gingham, and stripes.

Fitting Right In: The fit of your outfit can make a world of difference. Flowy dresses are fantastic for outdoor shoots. They catch the breeze and add a touch of movement and grace to your photos. On the other hand, if you're going for a more formal studio session, well-tailored attire can exude chicness and sophistication. It's all about choosing the right fit to match the mood and setting.

Adults First: When it comes to outfit coordination, begin with the adults. Once you've got their style nailed down, it becomes a breeze to coordinate the rest of the family. It's like building a puzzle, and starting with the biggest pieces makes everything fall into place.

Details & Shine

Pay attention to the details. Wear comfortable shoes! Avoid logos that can quickly date a photo. Stick to natural colors, and be mindful of intense patterns. If you plan to frame your family photos, consider how they'll blend with your home decor.

Want some recommendations? Check out my Pinterest for suggestions by season.

Need more guidance? Send me an email and we'll figure it out together!