“What to wear?”
It’s far and away the most common question asked before a family portrait session. Ultimately, it’s entirely up to you, but here are some general pointers:
- Try to keep it simple. If possible avoid bold patterns, strong colours and logos.
- For tops (bottom halves are less important) light colours are good. White is great – it gives a real freshness to the images.
- Make sure you are comfortable. And if you have a ‘look’ of your own, you may want to stick with it (even if that contradicts what I’ve just said above). After all, it’s about capturing the ‘real you’.
- For family photos, it’s good if everyone is wearing something similar, or at least similar colours.
- If you are in any doubt, please feel free to bring as many changes of clothes as you like. There will be plenty of opportunities for outfit changes.
Babies and newborns
- Bring a good range of outfits – perhaps three or four. Even if your baby doesn’t model them all it’s important to have back-ups in case of accidents!
- Keep it simple. If possible avoid bold patterns, strong colours and logos.
- Light colours are best. White is great.
- Singlets work well as do other outfits without arms or sleeves.
- Hats and hoodies are always incredibly cute.
- Nappy covers or bloomers are great for nappy-only shots.
- Please bring anything with sentimental value to you or your baby – toys, wraps, rugs, jewellery…
- For maternity shoots it’s good to bring a range of outfits: something light, something dark, something body-hugging, something flowing.
- Your partner may also like to bring a couple of changes of top that fit with your outfits.
- You might also consider whether you’d like underwear shots.
- If you have any baby clothes or accessories (shoes are really nice), feel free to bring them along.
- Above all, a maternity shoot is very personal thing, so feel free to disregard the above advice and come as you like!
To get some ideas, please take a look at the maternity & newborn gallery.