What do we wear??!

I don’t know how many emails I get asking “What do we wear for our portrait/engagement session?!”, so I thought I’d throw out some helpful hints:

What to avoid:

#1.  Large writing (unless you want the writing to be a focal point in your pictures.  Example: a “bump” shirt for a maternity shoot)

#2.  Big Logos.

#3.  Extremely busy graphics (i.e. Ed Hardy Tee’s- sorry Ed.)

#4.  Everyone in plain black tops… cuddle up, and you’ll  look like one big black blob.

#5.  Everyone in plain white tops.  See #4.

Looks that work:

#1.  Adding a splash of color with a vibrant scarf, bold shoes, or chunky earrings.

#2.  Textures, simple patterns, and bright colors all photograph really well.

#3.  Coordinating colors instead of matching everyone perfectly.

#4.  Layers!

#5.  Wearing something that makes you feel beautiful!

Here are a couple examples to get the wheels turning…



October 16, 2009 - 2:50 pm Whitney - This is such a cute idea!! Love it! :)

October 16, 2009 - 4:37 pm Charkie - LOVE THIS! Wish I'd seen it about a week ago, before you got the "Brown" family! I was at a loss!

October 16, 2009 - 5:25 pm Shyann - I LOVE this!!! Great idea!!

October 18, 2009 - 8:40 am Kristen - Charkie- you guys looked GREAT! (and I'm so in love with your boys, by the way!)

October 18, 2009 - 11:11 am Deborah - Great idea posting the pictures! That helps so much!!

October 20, 2009 - 2:56 am Wedding Photography Kent - Eliza Claire - Great post and I LOVE the photos - they're so cute!!! I may well link to this, if you don't mind, from my blog?

October 20, 2009 - 3:31 am admin - Wouldn't mind at all Eliza. :)

October 21, 2009 - 8:57 am andy stenz - this has to be the most creative way i've ever seen someone give "what to wear" advice. i love how the mom in the second photo is even holding the baby. i can see the people in the clothes - that's great!

October 27, 2009 - 3:36 pm Shari DeAngelo - Kristin, this is so unbelievably cute and creative. Very very helpful post. You're going to get a lot of traffic from photographers like me who point our clients to this. You simply rock.

October 30, 2009 - 11:14 am Mark Elkins - Hah. LOVE the idea, Kristen. My couples are always asking me about clothing :)

October 30, 2009 - 1:07 pm Colleen - Hehehe!! Love it! What a clever way to give people ideas!

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