what to wear…

Shooting for Success

What you wear is key for a successful session. Clothing complements who you are as a family, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your family, so we’ve put together some clothing advice for a creative, comfortable session.

For the whole family

Be sure to plan your outfits completely a few days before your session. Here are some general rules of the road for making picture-perfect fashion decisions:

Choose a palette of 3-4 colors and mix it up, including both pants and dresses. You want a cohesive feel, but without being overly ‘matchy-matchy’. Picture a page in a clothing catalog where everyone coordinates, but nobody stands out more than the rest.
Light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds, and dark clothes look better on darker backgrounds.
Generally, sleeveless shirts and shorts on adults tend not to flatter, but layered clothing is fabulous.
Arrange your outfits ahead of time on a big bed, including accessories.
Make sure all clothes are clean and pressed and on hangers a few days before your session.
Remember, shoes must be clean and stylish, too.

Babies and Children


Newborns are sweet, sleepy bundles, so keep things simple.
  • solid onesies, simple cloth diapers or diaper
  • covers, and plain swaddling blankets
  • knitted caps, which are adorable for a few images
  • a few special/classic props, like heirloom silver rattles
  • extra blankets for variety

grown-up clothes, with collars and buttons
socks, shoes, or big bows

Babies and Kids

Babies and Kids can be bolder with color and style.

to show off their fun style with layered clothing
non-fussy, casual clothes to keep kids comfortable and for natural expressions of their real personalities
fitted clothes


big bows, any sort of makeup or hairspray
baggy clothes



clothes that flatter your body type and coordinate well with the rest of the group
solid colors, which usually
photograph best
a clean shaven look for men
to have hair cut a week, or so, before the session (men)
to have hair styled before the
session (women)
to have natural makeup that is slightly heavier than usual


dressy clothes, unless it is a
formal event
sleeveless shirts and shorts, which tend to not flatter adults
logos and bold patterns

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Our clients love this extra service.


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