Family Clothing Tips

-Decide on a formal or casual look, then choose the wardrobe accordingly.

-Simplicity works!

-Solid color, long-sleeve tops with long pants photograph the best.

-Dressing identically works, but is not necessary. If you choose dark tops, then everyone should wear dark colored tops. If you choose dark pants, then everyone should wear dark pants. The very best wardrobe choices seem to be a single tone (monochromatic) for both tops and bottoms. If you plan to mix colors, use caution, the person with the lightest color will often become the focal point in the group portrait.

-Avoid bright or pastel colors, logos, and bold patterns.

-Wardrobe should be simple and classic. You don't want "busy" clothes to distract from YOU and your family in your portraits.

-Some shots are close up, others are full length. Please dress head-to-toe. We also recommend that everyone wear dark colored shoes. (no bright white tennis shoes)

-Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look better on darker backgrounds. So if you prefer dark, bring dark, if you prefer some of both, bring some of both.

-Make sure clothes are ironed or on hangers.

-Ladies - If you wear a layered outfit, you can add or drop a piece for a different look.

-Make sure your clothing flatters YOU. Do not wear an outfit that is too TIGHT. The problem is usually obvious in the photographs and will ADD weight.

-Avoid sleeveless styles, they WILL make your arms and shoulders look fuller.

-Also please wear correct under-garments. (dark under dark, light under light, etc.) Colorful bra-straps and cami-straps are very distracting on shoulders and patterns often show through thin fabrics under photographic lights.

Children Clothing Tips

-Keep it simple. The more complex the outfit, the more likely it is that part of it will be out of place during the session.

-Select an outfit that doesn't compete with your child for attention when you look at the image.  Strong primary colors are not good on children because you have trouble looking at the child.  The same is true of high contrast outfits such as black and white together.  As a rule of thumb, put light colors together and put dark colors together...mid-tones can go alone or with either light or dark.

-Patterns are fine if they are very subdued...a strong pattern competes with your child for attention.  So avoid bold stripes, plaids and big emblems or designs.

-Shoes are optional. In most cases we prefer bare feet and so do the children.