WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

 

Sessions involving family

 

Sessions are often done outdoors at a park, garden or beach otherwise in your home. When small children are included, sessions are generally held in the mornings. Please remember to bring a snack and drink for any children attending.

 

The cardinal rule of family dressing for portraits is simple: Choose items for the entire family as if you were creating one outfit. If all of your choices were somehow on one person, would the result be pleasing, colour wise? A handy trick for those who are hesitant to break away from the monochrome madness is to choose one patterned item (for example a print dress for your daughter) and then select the rest of the family’s clothing from colours within that pattern. Wardrobe choices for sibling shots, like those for family images, should be complementary but far from “a matching uniform.”

 

A tried and true formula for a boy/girl sibling duo includes a patterned dress or skirt for the girl, with the boy in a solid shirt pulled from that pattern. If the little girl is wearing a solid shirt with a patterned skirt, have the boy’s top match a different colour in her skirt, so that their shirts don’t match precisely. Trust me, it works! While many parents have the urge to put their boys or girls in the exact same outfit, mixing it up a bit--while still creating a pleasing overall combination--creates a considerably more interesting colour palette and image.

 

I would like to suggest layers, flowing dresses, waist coats, funky hats, scarves, boots, stockings, t-shirts over shirts, textures like wool or corduroy, denim. Things to avoid, crinkly linen, logo's, precisely matching siblings…

 

Try Pumpkin patch for hats and scarves, boots and jackets. Myer often have nice kids jeans and shirts, or cotton on for the littlies. It doesn't need to be expensive, but do try to be a little different!

 

 

Birth Sessions

 

It's not always possible to be mindful at the time, but if you could set aside some neutral coloured clothing for your labour and post birth, that would be wonderful. It's also advantageous to include a nice shirt for your partner in your hospital bag, as they often throw on t-shirts you might not appreciate seeing in your birth photographs (think big logo's and bright colours).

If you're keen to maintain your modesty in your birth photographs, a crop top and a skirt work well.

Maternity Sessions

 

Sessions are often done outdoors at a park, garden or beach otherwise in your home. When small children are included, sessions are generally held in the mornings. Please remember to bring a snack and drink for any children attending.

 

For clothing in maternity photo shoots it is recommended that the outfits be quite tight-fitting around the belly. Loose and baggy shirts or pants will only hide the pregnant belly. Stretch pants and yoga type pants that have low waistlines and that won't bunch up as you are posing or sitting are a great option during a shoot. In addition, jeans, tight-fitting tank tops/boob tubes and maternity tops that have thin fabrics that cling to the body are also good choices for maternity portraits, nice lingerie works well in some shoots to. I also have a variety of fabrics available to drape and shape!

 

Always bring more then you think you will need! We can go through your options once you’re in the studio. Accessories, scarves, belts, jackets... If bringing your partner along to the session a nice pair of jeans or shorts and a plain t-shirt works best.

 

Newborn Sessions

 

Sessions are often done in your home. This more casual, lifestyle newborn session is great within the first month. Having at least 2 rooms to photograph within is ideal - such as a bedroom, nursery and a loungeroom.

 

I love to utilise some of your favourite wraps or blankets to add that personal touch. Neutral tone clothing without logo’s are nice for parents and siblings. Try to keep everyone in relative harmony as far as colour goes, without being too obviously matching.

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2016 Awarded AIPP Master Photographer  |  2015 Epson AIPP South Australian Award for Creative Excellence

|  2014 Canon AIPP Australian Birth Photographer of the Year   |  2013 Canon AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year

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