What you choose to wear (or have your child wear) for your portrait session can have a major impact on how the pictures turn out. Luckily, I have a few tips to help you look your best.
Remember that the person is the subject of the portrait—not the clothing. Large prints, graphics, and logos tend to be distracting and usually don’t photograph well. Layering your clothing can be a fun way to add color and texture details into your outfit without overwhelming the image. Accessories such as scarves and jewelry can also help you look a little more “polished.”
For newborns, I like to keep it simple and skip clothing altogether. I feel that this approach emphasizes their natural sweetness and innocence. Also, newborn clothing tends to fit awkwardly and bunch up around their face which can be very distracting. I prefer to add details through simple hats/headbands and blankets or baby wraps.
For family sessions, I recommend aiming for a look that looks coordinated without being too “matchy” (let’s try to branch out from everybody in black or white shirts). It works well to choose a color palette and have everyone wear clothes in those colors. It can be very striking to choose mainly neutral colors with one or two accent colors.
Most importantly, remember that these are just guidelines. Your clothing should be a reflection of you and your style. You need to find something that you will feel comfortable in. If you need inspiration, try looking online. Sites such as Pinterest can give you tons of examples and help you to decide what looks you do and don’t like.