What to Wear Guide- Newborn and Family Photography

Hello there!  It is officially fall here in Versailles, MO and  I am booking families left and right! I have had a lot of inquiries lately about what to wear for a session?  So, I made a little list of some great tips to keep in mind when picking your wardrobe for your fall session.  Also, if you’re booking with me and need help before the session picking out pieces, I’m happy to help.  Feel free to text/e-mail pictures of things you have and I can help you and give some suggestion.  Okay, so here are 7 things to keep in mind when choosing what to wear!

  1. Matching is out. Coordinating is in.  Don’t worry about being TOO matchy-matchy. It looks better if not every person is wearing the same exact shade of the same exact color.  Pick 1-3 colors that have similar tones that look nice together and work within that color palette.
  2. Be comfortable! Don’t wear clothes that are too loose or tight.  If you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing it will come across in your pictures.
  3. Steer clear of logos, busy patterns, and fluorescents.  It distracts from the main subject of the photo- you! Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair.  I always recommend deeper or muted versions of primary colors- for instance maroon instead of red, or mustard instead of bright yellow, creams instead of stark white, etc.
  4. Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy/wooded areas. You want to stand out amongst all the greenery you’re surrounded by.
  5. Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe. Steer clear of character shoes, flip flops, crocs, or ratty tennis shoes. Boots,  leather sandals, Converse, Toms, Sperrys, Mary Janes, etc. And also, barefoot is a cute option (weather permitting), especially with babies.
  6. Layer, layer layer! Layers add dimension and depth. Fall time is perfect for cardigans, belts, scarves, hats, dressy coats/blazers, etc.
  7. Minimal wardrobe for newborn sessions. Maybe you’ve booked a newborn session and want a few photos of the baby with you or a sibling.  In this case keep the wardrobe super simple. You don’t want the clothing to overshadow the star of the show (the baby). I recommend grey, black, light pink, and white/cream for these shoots. As far as the baby, just bring them in anything lose and comfy (sleeper’s are great) because I will be taking mostly nude shots and covering them with wraps, blankets, and little pants and diaper covers I have here in the studio.

Since we are just entering fall, here are some Fall-Specific ideas to keep in mind for family portraits!  If you would like to see more ideas for the other seasons of the year, head on over to my Pinterest and check out my “What to Wear- Family” board!

Casual PlaidOrange and BrownNeutralMintBootsPops of YellowNavy Neutrals    Fall Scarves

-Hope this gives you some ideas! Hope you all have a great rest of your day 🙂




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