For those of you who like visual inspiration, here are a few examples of sessions I’ve done where wardrobe was spot on and I’ve commented on why it works:
Shayna, (a photographer herself!) choose a color scheme of mustard and gray. She bought the children’s pieces from the same store (Zara) and they both had the mustard color in them. This is a great example of most of the tips above. She chose a color scheme and mixed patterns and solids beautifully and paid attention to even the shoe and tights colors and the results were wonderful! We corresponded by email quite a bit during the selection process and I’m happy to do that for all of my clients.
The browns and creams I chose for our own family self portrait a few years ago work well together. I wish I had mixed it up a bit with a pattern somewhere, but it was a last minute decision to go take these so I was improvising! This image is now hanging HUGE in our living room where I enjoy it every single day.
This family chose a plum and grey color theme and carried it through with dad’s plum sweater matching the plum in the pattern of the girls’ dresses and also in the hair accessories. This is a great example of mixing patterns and solids but having everything feel cohesive!
You can never go wrong with Jewel tones, particularly in the fall! The way that the colors that mom and dad are wearing can also be found in the pattern on the daughter’s dress is what makes this work. And tall boots are always a win for moms in the fall.
For these twins, mom shopped at Gap kids for both outfits so it was easy to coordinate since the theme of that season was fur, cream, pinks and plums. Notice also how the hair accessories and fur lined boots create a complete look.
Notice how the the mustard/gold sweater of the younger brother coordinates with the same color stripe in the older brother’s plain shirt. Another great example of mixing solids and patterns.
A great spring look! Mom started with the tangerine dress and coordinated the family around her. Denim with a few coordinating accent colors is always a win. This is also a good example of how casual doesn’t have to = sloppy. Dad looks comfortable and contemporary in his jeans and flip flops, but they are dark brown and almost look leather. The look would have suffered had they been the plastic kind of flip flops.
These are just a few examples, there are many places to get inspiration, Pinterest being one of my very favorite tools for finding and gathering ideas. And when in doubt if x goes with y, or which hat or hair bow PLEASE feel free to ask me ahead of time, or just bring them all along to the session!