Style Guide

Today I am sharing my tips and tricks for the perfect photo session in my style guide! I am so excited to help make the planning part of your photo session a bit easier and smoother. So here we go:

  1. Try not to match too much. Think coordinating, not matching. Of course you want everyone’s outfits to go together, but that doesn’t mean you all have to wear jeans, or you all have to wear the exact same two colors. Think about colors that flow and go together instead.

2. Mix patterns, solids and textures. Just think subtle patterns. This is easily done through layering and with accessories such as jewelry or scarves. One great tip is to use bigger prints, just not too big, with smaller prints. Solids are always a safe bet too, just make sure to have some sort of pattern or print involved for a nice variety. An easy way to do this is to mix different textures.

3. Moderation is key. Like I said above, mixing patterns makes for a visually interesting look, just make sure not to go overboard. You don’t want your clothes to take away from your children or yourself!  Neutrals and different textures add variety into your scheme without making the clothes be too much. Maternity4. A great way to get started is to decide on a focal piece, whether that is an adorable dress you found for your daughter, or the perfect statement necklace. Plan the rest of the outfits around this piece.

5.Consider your location. Think about colors that will be present in the background and draw some of those out. Another option is to do colors that compliment your location.6. Dress for comfort. If the kids aren’t happy with what they have on it’s going to be hard to get good images of them. You want your family to look natural, so wear something that you can move around in easily. Keep in mind that you can find stylish clothes that are still comfortable

7. Try to stick with some timeless pieces. Trendy will be out of style eventually and you don’t want to look back and think “what was I wearing?” Finding balance with some classics pieces will ensure you love your photos for years to come. 8. Start early. As soon as you know you will be getting professional pictures done start shopping. Finding pieces that coordinate can take some time.

9.Just like big bold patterns, character shirts can be distracting. Skip your child’s favorite character shirt for the photo session.

10.Keep the end in mind. Hopefully you are planning on hanging your photographs up in your home. Will they go in the living room, bedroom, study? Pick outfits that will flow with your home decor. 

I hope this takes some of the stress away and helps with planning your session! As always, I’m here to answer any questions you may have and give advice.

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