This is something that we often get asked and something we love to advise you on. The first thing to remember is you will be displaying your artwork proudly for many years to come. Therefore, you want it to look timeless. There are a few things to consider when choosing your outfits for your portraits. Here, we take a look some of the key points.
What are the Best Colours to Wear for our Photoshoot?
Your portraits will capture a precious moment in your family’s story. Be it the arrival of a new baby, a baby sitting up, laughing and playing, baby’s first birthday or just a timeless family portrait.
What is so important is capturing those precious memories of that special time. By choosing clothes that are neutral, without any strong patterns, it means the focus will be on you and your family. The last thing you want is for someone to look at your artwork on the walls and comment on what you are wearing. You want them to comment on the interaction between your family and the love.
Black, white, grey or navy tops always work really well. For boys (and dads) we usually suggest navy trousers or even plain jeans. For girls (and mums) I do still tend to suggest trousers. With little girls, it can be hard to sit comfortably in a skirt or a dress. If you do choose a skirt or a dress, the longer they are the better. With Mums, very loose or low-cut tops can be difficult too as you may feel you need to keep adjusting your top, which makes you feel less comfortable.
If you would like to wear a colour, I suggest choosing similar tones and block colours, rather than patterns. For example, if you all wear shades of blue or green, your portraits can still look stunning and timeless, whilst introducing a block of colour.
With little ones, I know they often have their own idea on what to wear so please don’t worry if that doesn’t necessarily fit in with the colours above! If you can try and steer them more towards a less patterned top that would be great. Ideally, the colours will blend in with the other colours in the family….preferably avoiding combinations that clash if you can!
In particular, if you can avoid character tops as they do tend to go out of fashion and will date your portraits. That said, if your little one is desperate to wear a character top, we can also capture a few portraits in their character top and then a few more timeless portraits in a more neutral top….this can often keep everyone happy!
Just to say, I do have some plain t-shirts in the studio in black, white and navy in various children’s and adult sizes. These are always readily available if needs be.
Colour Schemes for Newborn Sessions
I will always call mum and dad a few days before their newborn photography session. A few days before the call, I will have sent out our colour palette, so they have a chance to look through it. We then chat though their preferences and if they have any specific colour schemes in mind. You can also find our colour palette here if you want to have a look.
With our newborn sessions, babies will either be swaddled in colour coordinated wraps discussed during your consultation, or they will be curled up without clothes on, so you can see all their gorgeous baby rolls, as well as fingers and toes. You don’t need to worry about bringing any clothes for baby for use during your newborn session. If you do have a specific blanket or teddy you would like to include, do bring that along and we will see what we can do.
Should I Wear a New Outfit?
I suggest avoiding new outfits. There are a few reasons for this.
Firstly, you may find they are not as comfortable as they were when you tried them in the shop. Secondly, if they are not your usual choice of clothes you may then look back at your portraits and feel your outfit wasn’t really ‘you’. You want your portraits to look as natural as possible and so the best way to do that is to wear comfy clothes. We all have our ‘go-to’ outfits that we feel happiest in and they are often the ones to choose for your photography session.
This also applies to children too. It is very easy to buy a new outfit for your little one’s photography session but I find, when you try it on for the first time in the studio, the sizing isn’t quite right. They may look slightly drowned in their new outfit or they may look like they are about to burst out of it. Either way, you will always see this when you look at your artwork. Therefore, we suggest an outfit that has been worn before and that you know is a good fit. With little ones who have just learnt to crawl this is particularly true. If they start trying to crawl and become restricted by their clothing it can be very frustrating for them and that is definitely not conducive to happy, smiley portraits.
We often get asked by mums if they should wear additional make up over and above what they normally wear. The answer is always a resounding ‘no’. You want your portraits to look as natural as possible. Just as wearing a new outfit may cause you to look at the portraits later on and feel it doesn’t truly represent you, the same is true of make-up too. Always wear your ‘usual’ make up. That way, you will always look at your artwork with happy memories rather than thoughts of how your make-up should have looked.
Do You Have a Question?
If you have any questions about one of our photography experiences, or if you are already booked in and have any queries about what to wear for your photography experience, do get in contact. I will happily chat through everything with you and provide guidance on how to ensure your artwork will be displayed proudly for decades to come.