what should I wear for my session?

I get this question daily and thus I begin to bombard clients with words such as “layering” and “textures“. I always talk about how mom should be the first to be dressed and how the rest of the family should pull from the colors in her ensemble OR how mom should choose clothing for the entire family as if its all going to go on one person. We talk about color palette and accessories and then … I hang up. I hang up knowing I just confused poor mom who has the enormous task of dressing the entire family, sometimes twice, for a photo session in which we will collaborate to create artwork that will adorn her walls for years to come … and then, hopefully her childrens walls, and their childrens walls.  You get my point.  WOW!

Often I just feel like I am better at explaining what NOT to wear.  Like, don’t dress the whole family the exact same (unless of course this is how you typically go out). DON’T put dad in slacks or sister in a skirt if they’ve never worn those except to a wedding or funeral.  DON’T wear too much white, or have brother in shorts and flip flops and mom in a sweater and jeans, or have baby girl in her Easter dress and big brother in his ‘future rock star’ t-shirt and vans.  (side note: MANY of these choices are wonderful standing alone, just not paired together.  For example, brothers ‘future rock star’ t-shirt and vans would look great next to baby girl in her new courtneycourtney dress with leggings and converse :))

SO, instead of me confusing you all with crazy meaningless words … Now you can SEE what I am talking about!

PLEASE note the color palette suggestions and just use this as a guide, inserting your own personal taste and uniqueness. That’s what its all about anyway!fall winter 09

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Danielle: I've got our outfits spread out all over the bed....sounds like I'm in the same boat as Marla with six people to dress. I think I've just about got it all figured out. (Oct 06, 2009 at 17:34 pm)
Crystal: Marla, you have a tall order with SIX people to dress! Good luck!! :) I can't wait to see what you come up with for our fun shoot! (Oct 04, 2009 at 12:18 pm)
Marla: It's so funny that you posted this, as I'm trying to dress our crew for our session and my desktop is littered right now with examples I've pulled off the internet. I ordered the girls some things from Mini Boden that I hope will work, I love their clothes! :) (Oct 04, 2009 at 11:01 am)