What to Wear for Your Mommy and Me Photoshoot | Emily Ann Photography, Seattle Photographer
Ane of the most common questions I get asked is:
What should we article of clothing for our Photoshoot?
I have several general guidelines that I will share with you and I’ve also compiled some of my favorite looks from some of my favorite shops to help you become started picking your outfits for your Mommy + Me Photoshoot! None of these rules are difficult and fast but more of a guideline to find what all-time suits your style all while keeping in mind what is about flattering in photos.
Stick to a Similar Color Palette
When choosing outfits for the whole family unit I always recommend coordinating instead of matching. Sticking to a similar colour palette is a great starting point – with those colors executed through a mix of a few patterns and solids. Maybe you’ll all go for muted colors, neutrals with i pop of a assuming color (girls’ dress, mom’s shoes, and male child’s ties/socks?), floral dress for mom with everyone else wearing colors from the pattern, or I’ve even seen black and white executed beautifully. Be conscientious of too many clashing patterns, or bright assuming colors that might requite off an unflattering hue to your skin (neons – no thank you)!
Consider Your Home Decor Style
This is an interesting bespeak and one I hadn’t idea of until I heard it suggested recently. My goal is always for families to impress and display their photos from our session around their home. You want this art to blend in with your dwelling and reflect your overall mode. If you decorate with mostly neutrals and then perhaps that’s the manner to become with your outfits. If y’all are a fan of colour and have fun pops throughout your home then your colorful outfit will fit in perfectly! Maybe your decor is mostly white – so make sure your photographer edits your favorite photos in black and white as these photos will tie in nicely.
Texture and Movement is the Name of the Game
Because loud patterns and assuming colors tin can be hard to coordinate I always recommend looking for texture in wear. Look for pretty little details over plainly cuts. If everyone is wearing neutrals, you can add interest with the type of fabrics; lace, embroidery, chunky sweaters, and clothing that moves. WOMEN! I tin can’t stress this enough! You desire vesture that flows and volition drape adding movement and interest to your photos. Non just does it photography beautifully but it is comfortable and flattering! Call back of your inner trivial daughter who wants to trip the light fantastic toe and twirl! I promise, it tin can make all the difference!
Here are a few of my favorites from Roolee. Expect at all the pretty piddling details, texture, and flowy fabrics!
Start with Mom’south Outfit
Mom, you may not desire to be, just you lot are the star of the bear witness! Most likely you are the ane requesting this Mommy and Me photo session then why not spoil yourself?! I always want to give a little actress honey and attention to the mamas because I am one and I know how Hard it is. Y’all want to expect back on these photos and dear them, so beginning with your outfit first. We all know finding kids’ vesture is like shooting fish in a barrel – they’re ever adorable. So if you start with your outfit outset, you have a starting bespeak for narrowing downwardly everyone else. On a upkeep? Starting time with your own closet? What practice you love that fits the above categories? Desire to splurge? Start early and order a few options so you have time to try on/render/exchange if need be. Do you want to exist fancy with a dress or more casual with a flowy superlative and jeans? Leggings with a large mesomorphic sweater? Pick what best fits your manner and comfort and go from there.
Here are a few more than fun ideas from more favorite shops, Anthropologie, Old Navy, and Pink Blush.
Consider the Venue
Will the photos be taking identify in your abode? Do you want to get dressed up with your piffling girl for a fancy shoot or be more casual in everyday play dress? Will the photoshoot take place outside? What will be comfortable based on the weather and environment? Going to the beach? Maybe high heels aren’t the best option. Will it be dank? Make sure anybody has long sleeves! It’s important to consider all of the little details considering if you or your little ones aren’t comfortable it volition reflect in your photos and make for a miserable experience. And my final tip regarding location: Because I am based in the Pacific Northwest at that place is a lot of greenery. If y’all are going to a location with lots of green (copse, grass, etc) it’southward best to avoid green and so equally not to be camoflauged!
Are yous Nursing?
I actually dearest capturing mama’south breastfeeding their babes (if you are comfy with it obviously) so it’south important to consider this when choosing your outfit for your Mommy + Me photo session. You obviously want something that will exist easy to nurse in and won’t require getting fully unrobed. Roolee and Pink Blush have some great nursing-friendly dresses and tops that volition let yous to easily breastfeed while looking cute! Yous tin can too just google “nursing friendly clothing” for more options.
What Should the Kids Vesture?
In one case you have nailed down your outfit mom, it’s now time to call back of the kids! Maybe start with asking them what they’d like (if they’re old plenty) and ever exist mindful of your ain kid and what he/she admittedly won’t tolerate. For example, when my son was footling he was very sensitive to fabrics. He could absolutely not wear wool or basically any clothing with a tag! In add-on to this, his dress had to be peel tight! And so I know how much of a struggle dressing your tots tin can be which is why I desire to stress that these are GUIDELINES! Think of your child’s preferences and comfort beginning! My goal is to capture your love and connection and if they’re grouchy because of an itchy sweater then we probably won’t capture many giggles and kisses. With that in mind, again, feel complimentary to shop their current closet or hither are some tried and true brands that I love for kids.
For Girls: Zara has the cutest stuff right now!
Once again, remember texture, movement,
and coordinating colors.
And for boys: Zara and Old Navy are good bets.
The one exception to the no-matching rule, matching mommy and me dresses!
How beautiful are these matching dresses? Once again, from Roolee.
Avoid logos if you lot can! Again, perchance your son is going through a phase where he will only wear his Mickey Mouse shirt he got at Disneyland or your daughter rotates through Hello Kitty and Princess attire. While logos aren’t preferable if they tell a story of who your child is right now, and then that’due south all part of the fun! Plus, you’ll have a slap-up bargaining chip after in life. 🙂
Don’t forget the accessories!
Think headbands or bows for the piddling girls, dapper little hats for boys, and don’t forget jewelry and shoes! I love Janie & Jack for accessories and Wunderkin has the
Now that I’ve Given You Some Suggestions, Do What You Desire!
I accept provided these guidelines mainly to answer the almost common question I go but at present I’1000 going to FLIP it on you and say that at the end of the twenty-four hour period, it really doesn’t matter what you wear! Like I said, my sessions are relaxed and fun! I focus on the love and connectedness between you and your children especially for a Mommy + Me photoshoot. Genuine smiles, a relaxed mama, and a proficient attitude trump coordinated outfits ALL Day LONG! Come equally you lot are, come bringing your A-game. It’s all welcome and appreciated! I can’t wait to come across what you cull!
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