What To Wear For Your Session

As a fine art portrait photographer, a lot of clients come to me wondering what to wear for their maternity session, as a family, or how to dress their kids for their session. So, I have put together this guide to give you some inspiration, and help you to more easily select the perfect outfits for your session.

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For a family session, does everyone have to match?

Absolutely not! Your outfits can coordinate well without being too matchy. In fact, if everyone were perfectly matched, no one would stand out.

The above family is a perfect example of a well coordinated wardrobe that isn't perfectly matched. The maroon in the girl's leggings ties into mom's dress, and the gray top goes nicely with dad's shirt. The boy's gray t-shirt, and blue button down, coordinate nicely with both his dad's and his sister's outfits. Both kid's outfits tie the overall look together without blending in too much.

One other thing I would point, out is that patterns in the clothing here are minimal. When photographing families, especially outdoors, too many patterns can be distracting, even more so against an outdoor setting where there tends to be a lot going on in the background. After all, the main focus is you and your family.

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Above is one more family from last year's fall sessions that coordinate nicely, but don't necessarily all match perfectly. They chose bold, solid colors that go well with nature's backdrop, but stand out as well.

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For photographing children alone, I absolutely adore outfits like in the image above! Suspenders and a button down are always an excellent choice for boys, and smocked or ruffled dresses are super adorable for little girls. The small pattern in the dress is not overly distracting, but ties both of big brother's outfits together really well.

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For the above photo, the family started with the dress that the young girl on the right is wearing, and built everyone's wardrobe around it. I tend to use solid, neutral backdrops in the studio, so adding a little pattern here works.

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For maternity photo sessions, long and flowing dresses are 100% the way to go. Some mom's think that their bump may not be noticeable if they wear something more flowy, but I use strategic hand placement throughout the session to accentuate the bump. Another option is an open front dress. You will see in the example below how an open-front, flowing dress can be an excellent option to show off that bump.

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For newborns sessions, I almost always have baby wrapped in a swaddle for parent and sibling images. Luckily, I have almost every color swaddle available to choose from as you can see in the image below. I also provide all the outfits for baby, so that's one less thing for you to worry about for your session. For this, I would suggest mom wear a maxi dress, and dad a solid button down shirt. Siblings should wear solid colors as well. I find blacks and whites photograph nicely on all of the studio backdrops and coordinate with whichever color you choose to have baby swaddled in.

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In the below image with mom, she chose a peach color to go with the gray backdrop, and even though her boys have patterned shirts on, they tie in nicely with mom and dad's outfits, and baby brother's swaddle.

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If you still need recommendations, or have questions about outfit choices, you can always contact or visit the studio, and I would be happy to help!

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