• Put yourself first for once Mama. Be confident and Love what you wear. Getting ready first than getting ready last will ensure you have enough time to look your very best.
*I personally recommend dressing in long skirts, pants, or dresses. There is just something about a long flowy dress that photographs so beautifully, and you will have so much fun wearing one! It's a beautiful visual element to your photos. Only if it fits your personality of course.
• Add in various textures, colors that mesh well with one another, and don’t be afraid to pop in a splash of pattern. Choose 1-2 simple patterns. Mix in patterns with solids to balance out the photo.
* Basic isn’t a bad thing. Spice up basic pieces with layers (cardigans, layered button-up, sweater, scarf, hats) It will add some texture and depth to your photos.
• Keep accessories and jewelry simple.
* Wear your hair how you like it, but typically stay away from ponytails. Typically, the looser and more flexible the style, the better!
• Lay the outfits out on the floor and see how they mesh.
*Coordinate your clothing–in group photos, try to keep everyone on the same page and color palette of 2-4 colors. The best tip for family outfit planning is to pick one item of clothing with a few colors (like mom or daughter’s dress) and pull colors from that for everyone else to wear. Dress like you go together.
• Flatter your figure. Don’t wear clothes that are entirely too tight or loose, or clothes that accentuate your insecurities. Wear something you feel beautiful in.
* Wear sleeves or quarter-sleeves if weather permits. In my experience, the women I photograph are most insecure about the way their arms appear. Covering your arms may take the focus away from them and flatter their shape at the same time.
• If anyone needs a haircut, its best to do it a week before the shoot so the hair looks more natural.
While trying to stay current and fashionable, do avoid obvious trends that will be outdated soon. You can do fashion forward while still remaining timeless.
• Make sure the day before, you iron anything that needs to be dress, hung and ready to wear. A Lot less chaotic trying to scramble trying to find missing pieces.
* Make sure whatever outfits you choose, they are YOU. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable during the photos, so make sure your personalities and vibes are also a part of your decision-making when planning.
• Blowouts and accidents happen to babies. I highly recommend arriving a few minutes early and dressing the baby in their session outfits at arrival.
* If all else fails with your kids… bring along a small (non-messy) treat to bribe them. Fruit snacks and marshmallows are great!