I love the excitement of planning a family session in DC. But I also know that deciding on all the details can be a bit stressful at times! The number one question I get from clients is “What to wear??” Picking out that perfect wardrobe is hard and can feel totally overwhelming! But it doesn’t have to be 🙂 Luckily for my clients, I have a super helpful session prep guide that they receive after booking. It has answers to all of my top FAQs like, how to prepare your house for an in home session, how to prepare your children (and husband) for a family session and of course, what to wear. But since that last one is such a popular question, I thought I’d do a quick blog post with some of my top wardrobe advice and example photos of when my client’s knocked their clothing choices out of the park! (Have I mentioned how much I love my clients lately? Because I really, really do.)
I’m also participating in a blog circle again this month with a talented group of fellow photographers. I can’t wait to introduce you to Annika at the end of my post.
TIP #1 – don’t do the matchy-matchy thing
Coordinate your outfits – but don’t match. It really helps if you pick three or four colors that you will all wear, and have different people wearing different amounts of it.
TIP #2 – accessories, layers and textures, oh my!
Adding layers and mixing clothing textures is an easy way to create visual interest, which is especially important when working with a neutral color palette.
I love bows, hats, vests, jackets, fun tights/knee socks, cute shoes etc. – all these things can take an ok outfit and really make it pop. But be careful to not let the accessories overwhelm the subject, especially with little ones. Accessories should only compliment the subject- not take center stage (I’m looking at you, giant flower headband).
But make sure that everyone is comfortable and happy in what they are wearing. Choose something you feel confident in, both standing and sitting.
TIP #3 – know your surroundings
Make sure your wardrobe compliments the location. For in-home sessions – keep in mind that a lot of the session is likely to be either in your master bedroom, nursery and/or your living area, so choose your clothes based on what will work in those rooms.
but most importantly – BE YOU!
Please don’t overthink it. Wear what makes you all happy and comfortable and what feels right for your family. The most important thing is to try to visualize how you see the pictures turning out, and dress accordingly!
Now, please visit Annika Bloch’s page to see some amazing steel drum band images: London Studio Photographer
If you live in Maryland, Virginia, or the DC metro area and are interested in booking a newborn, baby, or family session with Tonya Teran Photography, please email me at email@example.com or use the contact form on this site! And don’t forget to follow my Facebook Page and Instagram for the latest news and sneak peeks 🙂 I can’t wait to hear from you and work together to plan a memorable session for your family! xo