Nothing to wear? Get Kim's take on dressing well for your family portraits.
PICKING OUTFITS FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION GIVING YOU STRESS?
Here are my 7 tips on making it a success:
1. Decide what color family you want to work with, and get going from there. What colors best suit you? What style do you gravitate to the most?
2. It's easier to pick each family member's outfit if you build it off of one assemble, and pull colors and design elements from that piece.
3. You probably have some good pieces to work with already in your closet. At the very least you will get an idea of what could work that you already have. Start there and once you have 80% of the wardrobe selected, then consider shopping for accessories or other pieces that will give interest, texture and shine to create that wow factor.
4. It helps to visualize! Once you have at least one outfit picked start bringing in other articles of clothing to get started on what each person will wear. I suggest laying out the clothing on a flat surface (such as a bed) and see how each outfit works together, then create a pile of "possible yes" and "absolutely nots". Keep eliminating until you get some harmony going with the clothing choices.
5. Source inspiration from Pinterest, Tumblr, or Polyvore, but don't copy. Use these images as a guide--it's not about copying, as much as it is using that imagery to create a look that is unique for you and your family.
6. Look to the past. Do you have a family photo you took years ago that still speaks to you? Or did you see another person's family photo that you admire? Take a good look and ask what is it that really worked in the photo and what about it you would change.
7. Get it tailored. The fit makes all the difference and also make sure everything is clean, ironed and ready before the day of your shoot. It's all about the details!
Still clueless? I love helping to pick out clothes for my clients to wear for their portrait sessions.
KIMBERLY...but you can call me KIM