As a Houston and Cypress family photographer, the number one question that I receive after someone books a session is always, “what should we wear?” I thought I would share the Hu’s family session with you to give you a visual. Kristine and I found each other through Instagram. Like anyone else who books a professional portrait session, Kristine wanted her family looking their best on camera. She mentioned that she had viewed my portfolio and noticed lots of neutral tones in my photographs. She had already done her homework by previewing my work and making sure it lined up with her personal taste. Kristine did an excellent job following my recommendations on what to wear and had her family looking absolutely perfect! Below you'll find some of my best tips on what to wear for your family session.
Remember that the ultimate goal when having professional portraits done, is to display your photographs in your home. Your taste in decor may change in a few years, that is why a classic look that can withstand the test of time is best. You want portraits that you can always show off, no matter what the newest trend may be. Choosing a simple wardrobe over the latest fashion craze, will keep the attention on you and your sweet bunch.
Stick to neutral or muted tones for a fresh, natural look. Coordinating outfits shows that you are a family and creates cohesiveness within your group. This does not mean that everyone should match from head to toe in white t-shirts and khakis. (`Please don't put me through that!) Instead, choose outfits that play well off one another. The images from this session are the perfect example. A great rule of thumb is to choose 3 complimenting colors and spread them throughout everyone's outfits. When it comes to patterns, keep it simple and no more than two. In this case, the kids are both wearing simple patterns, but parents clothes are solid throughout.
In my years of experience, I have found that ladies look most photogenic in flowy dresses or layered outfits. While gentlemen look most masculine in fitted pants and solid shirts or even plain cotton tees. Children are already beautiful in their own purity and don't need much, keep their outfits simple. My collection of neutral colored dresses is always available for Moms. Feel free to borrow a dress from my client wardrobe or bring your own. And as always, a styling consultation is included when you book a portrait session with me. Visit the 'Work with Me' tab to schedule your own family session this spring.
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Located in Cypress, Texas and serving the greater Houston area; Tender Nest Portraits is a family, newborn, and maternity photographer specializing in simple lifestyle portraits, with a minimalist approach. We focus on capturing the natural state of motherhood from pregnancy thru every stage. Our all inclusive portrait service provides digital images with the option to add printed art and photo keepsakes. See the investment tab for pricing details.
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog
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