So I love fashion reality shows. My two favorites which I own every season of thanks to Apple TV is Project Runway and What Not to Wear. In fact my friend Judi (also an incredible artist check out snarkyart) and I have our Friday post Project Runway cheer or jeer session depending on who gets eliminated the night before. One of the questions I get asked the most is what should I wear to my portrait session? I don't have Clinton or Stacey with me but here are some suggestions and helpful hints on What to Wear to your portrait session!
When I was first starting out I learned from one of the best portrait photographers in the country to look to fashion magazines not at other portrait photographers to identify trends and for inspirations. It makes sense, since the companies that advertise and the magazines themselves spend tens of thousands of dollars on stylist's and prop coordinators to get that perfect look.
Some of my favorites ads to look to for clothing inspirations are the Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and mall store advertisements such as JCrew, Gap or Banana Republic. Here are some of my personal favorite looks.
Okay I used to ride Hunter/Jumper and then started riding dressage so I am a nut for anything equestrian. (Even though I had to hang up my spurs due to medical reasons aka no more concussions. I still wear my riding boots every chance I can get) I love this look for fall! This is also a very classic look so that you don't have to worry about being a feature on Awkward Family Photos. One of the things about this image which is really helpful when planning out your wardrobe is how they use different patterns, texture and prints but because they are all in the same color family they play off of each other very well!
Like the image above, this image shows how to combine prints & texture while staying in the same color family. This is just an example of a summer look! I also love navy blue on about any skin tone. If I was to give a "what not to wear" advice it would be to stay away from black, white and denim shirts. I know we have all seen those family portraits (mostly at the beach or in the studio) where you see the family in Black, White or Denim shirts and many look quite nice. However unless you have just spent the last week laying out at the beach to become the perfect shade of bronze these colors tend to wash people out. As for denim shirts check out awkward family photos .com and you can understand why I am not a fan.
Ralph Lauren, Boden, Gap Kids & Lilly Pulitzer are my favorite places to find inspiration for children's fashion. I know kids are tough and many times they have their own idea on what they want to wear. Hey if she wants to wear polka dot rain boots and a tutu I say go for it because you can only get away with that during childhood (and frankly I would wear that now if I could). I will say that the only thing to be careful of is some children's clothes can become very dated very quickly (remember your NKOTB t-shirts). So I do recommend sticking with timeless yet fun styles for children but also items that they like and feel comfortable in. To make outfit choices easier I recommend setting out three different outfits and let the child choose which one they want to wear!
I love this image because it show great outfits for couples in different age brackets. I love it when I do family sessions or just a portrait session with grandparents. Why do we feel that as we age we can't have wonderful portraits? I wish my grandparents would have had a great portrait in their later years that I could have and remember them by!