With the fall season upon us, I have received quite a few questions regarding outfits and what to wear to your outdoor sessions. And after going through multiple sessions for my own family, I completely understand the overwhelming feeling that comes with putting everything together. But I’ve learned over the years that following these tips below can really help you put together a beautiful, coordinated (not matching) grouping of outfits that will look great in your portraits.
- Start with a few neutral colors (ie. denim, khakis, white, gray) and then add a pop of color (I love red and yellow outdoors, but there are many beautiful options)
- The goal is to coordinate, not to match. This is why choosing a color palette of 3-4 colors is a great way to start things.
- It’s wise to start with the person that will be the hardest to dress — that would be ME for my family. I want to make sure I’m happy and comfortable with what I am in, then I can worry about everyone else.
- Layers and textures are a great way to add interest and show your style (ie. a scarf, a vest, a statement necklace, etc)
- Patterns are wonderful … in moderation. Mom in a floral dress, dad in a solid button down shirt and son in a striped shirt can make a great combination, as long as everything coordinates. Put together a mix of solids, subtle prints and 1-2 bold prints and everyone will look great! Try not to repeat the same kind of pattern (ie. two different striped shirts).
- Avoid neon colors and clothing with text/graphics
**Make sure to visit my Pinterest Board which shows many more examples of what to wear to your session.**
And don’t miss my blog series on some wonderful outdoor locations in the area. I’m always up for other suggestions, but these locations have proven to be great most any time!