Hi there! I’m so excited to be working with your family and can’t wait to see you soon! I hope this guide will help make this as stress free as possible for you, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need any additional help picking out outfits. I’m more than happy to send over some links to outfits that will work for your family if you need help!
WHAT TO WEAR
Here are a few general tips to keep in mind…
It’s never too early to start shopping! Have outfits picked out well in advance and make sure everyone tries them on to make sure they fit. Give yourself plenty of time in case you need to exchange for a different size, etc.
When you think about the color palette for everyone’s outfits, pick colors that go with the decor in your home so that when you hang the pictures on your walls it will go with your home decor. Neutrals are my favorite because they are timeless and they’ll go with anything as you change home decor in the future.
The colors from everyone’s outfits should coordinate, not be matchy-matchy. Avoid bright colors– The light will bounce off your clothing and create color casts on your skin that are unflattering.
WHERE TO START
I always recommend picking mom’s outfit first and then picking out all of the other outfits to coordinate with mom’s dress. I’ll bring wraps and some plain white onesies for the baby, so you don’t need to worry about what they’re going to wear.
Pick one outfit with a subtle pattern (think subtle floral pattern) and then all other outfits should be in neutrals and colors that go with that pattern. Choose fabrics such as cotton, linen and gauze; avoid satin and shiny or heavy fabrics.
what to wear...
A maxi dress is most flattering for moms. If you’re doing an in home newborn session, think about the colors in your home since that will be the background of the pictures. You want to pick a color the coordinates with your home decor, but that won’t blend in too much. You can’t go wrong with a white dress! For studio sessions, a white dress works great too or a soft pastel or neutral color.
A neutral colored henley or lightweight sweater with khaki chinos work great for dads. Some dads prefer to wear a collared button up shirt, and that is fine too. Chnios are a great option since they’re casual but look nicer than jeans.
A dress in a lightweight fabric works great for girls. For younger girls, make sure it’s easy for them to move in (avoid a-line dresses). For toddlers, a romper also works great so you don’t have to worry about their diaper showing if they’re moving around. At the very least, make sure if little ones are wearing a dress that they’re wearing a coordinating diaper cover.
Linen overalls are a favorite for young toddlers. For toddlers and older boys, a simple t-shirt or henley in a neutral color with khaki chinos works great. For toddlers and babies, avoid collared shirts since they tend to hide part of their face when they’re moving around.
Click on the link below to see the dresses that are available to borrow in my Client Wardrobe. Please send me a screen shot of any of the dresses that you’d like to borrow for the session.
Click on the link below to see some of my favorite picks for newborn and family sessions. There are links to each of the items that you can purchase online… (*I’ll update with more links soon so be sure to check back!)
HAIR AND MAKE UP
I highly recommend that moms schedule hair and make up to ensure they look their best for their session.
Pink Palette Artists can come to your home before your in home session, or to my studio for a studio session. For an in home session, I recommend scheduling hair and make up at your home one hour before your photo session. If you’re doing a studio session and want to schedule hair and make up, please let me know and I’ll coordinate the timing.
Click on the link below for more information about to check availability for Pink Palette Artists. If they’re not available and you need other recommendations, please let me know!
Thanks for taking the time to read through this! If you haven’t already, be sure to click on the link above with my Top Picks.
I hope this guide helps you get started planning your outfits for your session. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed or stuck on what to wear, please send me an e-mail. I’m happy to put together a personalized sytle board for you and your family!