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…



  1. Whitney says:

    This is such a cute idea!! Love it! 🙂

  2. Charkie says:

    LOVE THIS! Wish I’d seen it about a week ago, before you got the “Brown” family! I was at a loss!

  3. Shyann says:

    I LOVE this!!! Great idea!!

  4. Kristen says:

    Charkie- you guys looked GREAT! (and I’m so in love with your boys, by the way!)

  5. Deborah says:

    Great idea posting the pictures! That helps so much!!

  6. 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?

  7. admin says:

    Wouldn’t mind at all Eliza. 🙂

  8. andy stenz says:

    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!

  9. 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.

  10. Mark Elkins says:

    Hah. LOVE the idea, Kristen. My couples are always asking me about clothing 🙂

  11. Colleen says:

    Hehehe!! Love it! What a clever way to give people ideas!

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