What to Wear
I always start my response to this question with, "First and foremost, dress like yourself." I don't want to suggest beautiful boho maxi dresses if that is something you would never ever wear.
Below are a few of my definite clothing tips as well as some links to shops that I think have beautiful clothing that matches my "look"
1. DRESS FOR THE LOCATION
The clothes and the colors should "go" with where we are.
At the beach pastel peaches or aqua blues will look great against the water and cotton candy sunset sky.
That aqua blue dress and coral necklace would look out of place if we choose to be in the rich green woods at Chestnut Ridge park.
A bold red fitted dress might look very appropriate for a high school senior in a downtown Buffalo urban look, but would not be appropriate for the flower fields where the color palette is very different and maybe a maxi dress catching the breeze would look much more flattering.
2. THE BOY BAND
This is what I use to describe how to pair your outfits. You want to look like you belong together without being perfectly matched.
How do you do this?!
The best way to do this is to pick a neutral or two, pick an accent color, and don't be afraid to throw in a pattern or accessories to make your family looking perfectly coordinated without everyone wearing khakis and white t-shirts circa 1999 style.
For example - Maybe your color choices are navy blue and pink. Dad could wear a Beige T-shirt & darker jeans, Mom could wear a pink dress, the little guy could do a navy t-shirt with a lighter wash jeans and suspenders, and the little lady could wear a navy and pink floral pattern dress.
3. THE DON'Ts
I'm not the queen of style rules....I once suggested no stripes for flower photos and had a little lady come with the most precious candy colored striped vintage dress and it was amazing.
However, in general, these "don't"s usually apply
**Don't wear shirts with logos, cartoon characters, or writing/words/slogans on them.
I want your photos to be timeless.....and shirts with graphics don't really do that.
**Don't be uncomfortable for the sake of fashion....wearing a dress that's too tight and 6" heels might look good in the mirror at home, but when you're navigating a field of dirt and flowers and trying to play and interact with your child....constantly fixing your clothing, worrying about how short something is, or worrying about twisting an ankle will be no fun.
Where to shop
The stores below have either been suggested to me by a past client, I have used myself, or I just found them and think the style is perfect for a photo session.
Have a great suggestion, let me know and I'll add it to the list!!
Katharina hakaj couture
Dresses that are so lovely and fairytale like!
This designer is in Germany and site says it's 3-4 weeks processing time, and that's not including the shipping.
So, if interested, order far in advance!
Also, she offers a 15% discount for photographers in exchange for credit on social media (when I post the image) and for her to be able to use images on her website.
Search "Maternity Photoshoot Dresses"
Lots of options, quick shipping....but as with everything in life, you get what you pay for. The quality is less than the other options, BUT....for just the sake of photos, I've been impressed with what people have brought to their session.