Category Archives: What to wear…

Brown, Grey & Yellow {What to Wear}

With the holiday season fast approaching and people looking for inspiration on what to wear to their next family photosession, I’m beginning a series of post where I’ll be featuring a photo or two from various photographers that capture some great family fashion followed by my own take on what you can possibly do for your next photo session as well. Hopefully this will give you some idea as to how I look around for some inspiration and then break it down for my own personal taste!

These family sessions are from a wonderful photographer, Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography.  I just loved these two families’ choice of color in their photo session! Check out the rest of the photos from this session as well as some beautiful photography by clicking on the photos below!

Photo 1

 
 

Photo 2

 
 
With those photos in mind, here’s my take on what to wear to your next family session…

Brown, Grey & Yellow (Fall 2012)
Hope you find these helpful!

Until next time…

What to wear {family portraits}: Accessorize!!!

This post is all about accessorizing! If you haven’t noticed, accessories are a great way to bring  about that extra “je ne sais quoi” (I don’t know what’s special but there is) in your photos. Of course, don’t overdo it.  We don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard but we do want it to look…fabulous! If you’re paying to have you and/or your family photographed, you want nothing less right?

So, what kind of accessories? Well, you’re probably familiar with the usual hats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, socks, tights, leggings, etc.  Here’s some modern takes on some of the usual…

I just love ties! They’re especially cute on the little ones but honestly, they’re great on everyone (mom, dad, and sis too).

{via the belle and the beau on etsy}

And what a perfect bow tie for the upcoming spring pictures…

The Fedora is retro cool! Something for the boys…

{via amelia lyon)

and even the girls…

{via blue lilly photography}

For girls (and the ladies), our hair can take center stage especially with a little help from a flower…

{via jessica claire}

{via blue lily photography}

I just have to say that I am a fan of headpieces like these whether they’re flowers, feathers or the like. But I must add that there are some limits. Personally, I’m not a fan of the adornments that are almost half to bigger than one’s head size (unless your selling the headpiece)… and especially on babies, they’re super cute enough.  Just my opinion.

Now we can’t forget about SHOES…I love boots and boy do I like this mom’s boots!!

{via blue lily photography}

If you’ve read my previous post on “Color” then you probably know how much I love color and your shoes are one of the easiest ways to add color…

via lot116 photography}

How about shoes like these!

{via jewelryandbabyblingbydara on etsy}

And I can’t resist showing you more shoes…

{via designmom}

I just love the colors! =)

Now, I can go on and on… There’s so much more to talk about but I’ll go ahead and stop here for now.  Let me know if you love these ideas! Hopefully these bring your next family shoot from good to great.  I’ll be sharing more with you soon.

Until next time…

Friday’s Short & Sweet Inspirations: What to Wear {fall}

I’ve decided to try and have a Friday’s Short and Sweet Inspirations…

Today’s inspiration is for those looking for more ideas on what to wear for your fall portraits.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time…

What to Wear {family portraits}: Color!!!!

As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve read these posts before, I love getting ideas of what to wear from actual photos I’ve come across from favorite photographers and/or sites I frequent.  Today, i’ll be talking about color.  Personally, I LOVE COLORS! I haven’t always loved color but now…I-LOVE-IT!!!

Here’s a few tips for those of you trying to figure out what to wear to your family’s photography shoot.

1. Think color! What colors look best on you? What colors best fit the season you’re in?

If you don’t have a clue, do what I do, research it on the internet or look at magazines for inspiration . Get inspired!  I love looking at family photographers and checking out their photos for ideas on what to their clients are wearing.  This way, I can get some great ideas on a color scheme or color combination I may not have thought of on my own.

For example, I love the colors I found here from Amelia Lyon and Blue Lilly Photography

2. Think color coordination…not only matching.

These photos are great examples of how you can coordinate colors without exactly matching.

Also, combine patterns with coordinating solids colors to match.  Not everyone has to be wearing the same solid colored tops or the same exact color patterns.

3. Think POP! What I mean by that is colors should pop! No…not literally break open but what I mean is color can and should stand out.  A great way to do this is to have only one or two people in that “pop” color.  You definitely don’t want to overdo color but as you’ll see in the photos below, that “pop” makes a difference.

And last, but not least,  if you’re going to GO for COLOR…I say GO FOR IT!!!

4. Think BOLD, COLORFUL & FUN!!!!

I shared these photos (by Candice Stringham) before in a  previous what to wear post…I just LOVE the colors in this. I love how not everyone is matching but they’ve tied the colors in with one person or another.

I found several more examples of these bold, great colors.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope this helped with giving you some great ideas for your next shoot!

Watch for my next What to Wear post!

Until next time…

What to wear (family portraits)…

SO I haven’t been great at posting these the way that I had hoped. I did say i’d try to post these (“what to wear”) on a weekly basis but I realized it would  be an amazing feat if I could even post these once a month.  Anyway, here are photos that I’ve come across from a couple of my favorite photographers where wardrobe definitely caught my eye. Hope they give you some great inspirations to your wardrobe ware!

If you take a look at this family’s photo session*, you’ll find that they went on the  matching route but I just loved how they did it. They always had something that broke up the monotony yet still tied everything together.

Here, mom and dad didn’t go for the usual white top but they tied in to their sons’ black ties.  Then, their daughter had the gray cardigan (another monotony breaker) to complement her white top and the black in her parents and brothers’ wardrobe.

I just love this! The perfect blend of the formal and laid back style in one. A very cool look!

Here’s a family**  that illustrates my idea of wearing clothes that coordinate but don’t exactly match. Of course, it does help A LOT when the whole family looks like models but I just love how everything works together. The colors and styles. You can see how the girls (mom and daughters) are wearing skirts/dresses that have various prints/patterns but together, they work! The prints don’t overtake the shots and there’s another layer of symmetry with the dresses/skirts length.

Not being a fashion expert, I can’t tell you exactly why it does work but honestly, all you need is to see that it does and use it as a springboard to your wardrobe plans. This is probably a great example of how there are NO sure and hard rules on what you should or shouldn’t wear; rather, like i’ve said before…go with clothes that make you feel good. If you feel good, you’re pictures will look good!

So tell me what you think! Did you like these wardrobes as much as I did? Do you have any wardrobe recommendations or tips you wouldn’t mind sharing?

Well, until next time…

Photos taken from a couple of my favorite photographers…

*  from Tara Whitney’s “Just Be Blogged” Photography Blog

** from Dana Grant Photography site

Family portraits and…what NOT to wear?!

I recently took family portraits with a friend photographer living in Athens, GA.  It was a lot of fun but i’ll have to say that preparing for the shoot was a bit stressful.  It took me a few weeks to pick what my whole family would be wearing.  I don’t know about you but I didn’t want to leave it totally up to my husband to decide what he’d wear that day let alone give me some advice as to what he thinks I or the kids should wear.  Not that he doesn’t dress well… but since we don’t often take family portraits, I wanted to make the most of this time we had.   It’s probably a good thing that he doesn’t have an opinion either way and leaves it up to me to decide.  I did ask him once to be sure to make him feel included…”What would you like to wear [to the shoot] honey?” and his response was “Whatever you’d like me to wear.” (My husband knows me so well?)

So after several days of  shopping for my outfit (it’s always hard for me to decide on an outfit though my kids can look cute in most anything), I finally decided on a spring color theme of yellow, blues and gray. Our clothes were a mix of new clothes and clothes that were already in our closet.  Of course, on the day of the shoot, my daughter decides she didn’t want to wear my suggested silver /gray shoes but wanted to wear pink sandals (definitely not in my color scheme…oh well).   And I didn’t even notice until I saw the pictures that my husband was wearing dark brown shoes (not exactly color coordinating with my theme here either).  So it (my planned color coordinating wardrobe) wasn’t perfect but it all worked out.  I think our family’s personality and dynamics totally came through this process and I loved the end result.

With my recent personal experience in being on the other end of the camera, I started thinking about how it may be a good idea to write about what you should wear in a photo shoot.

Although there’s no true, hard and fast rules as to what’s always right or wrong to wear…I think a better way to think about it is what not to wear!

1) Don’t wear anything you don’t feel comfortable wearing in the first place. You have to feel comfortable in order for your pictures to look good. If you don’t feel comfortable, you won’t look comfortable. So go with clothes that will make you feel good.

2) Don’t wear clothes that exactly match. We’ve all probably done this…everyone wear black tops and the khaki pants (or jeans). There’s nothing wrong with this but I think we need to be a bit more creative. Also, you’ll love the result of taking a little extra time to think about this and possibly working with your photographer for suggestions.   This doesn’t mean you can’t choose black, browns, jeans or the whites but mix it up a little. For example, here’s a great take on the khaki, black & white theme.

Here’s another example of coordinating but not exactly matching…

Does this look slightly familiar? Well, this set did visually jump start me on my color scheme.

3) Avoid patterns and logos that distract from the person in the photo. This includes TV characters on your kids’ clothing.  You don’t want the shirt or clothing to be the first thing noticed in pictures.

If you’re more casual, go casual. If you like to be a bit more dressed up, you can do that too.  Basically, keep it simple and keep it you!

Also, don’t forget about fun accessories like hats, cool shoes, boots, jackets, jewelry, scarves – you name it!

Stay tuned as i’ll be sharing weekly wardrobe suggestions to hopefully give you some ideas on your next shoot. =) So if you haven’t already, consider becoming an email subscriber or click on the RSS feed icon located at the top right side of the blog.

And just for fun…here’s a family portrait that’s just too cute… I had to share!

Until next time…