What to Wear for Photographs

For Maternity Photographs:
*A solid colored tank top or fitted t-shirt- These are a great way to show off your belly and will look great with a skirt or jeans
*Long fitted skirt or dress- a more fitted skirt shows off the belly more.  A looser dress can be soft and flowing.  
*Add a pop of color with a solid shirt.  Prints can distract from the subject
*A narrow belt around the top of the belly will make the waist look narrow and emphasize the belly
*If you want some bare belly shots a bandeau top or rolling up your shirt works great.

For Newborn photographs:
*If mom and dad are going to be in the pictures please wear a neutral colored tank or shirt.
*Baby can wear some of your favorite clothes or nothing at all.  If you want them to be clothed more simply a white onsie works great.
*hats, bows, balls or other items can also be included

For Family Photographs:

* Wear solid colored or subtle patterned clothing so that we see all of your faces and no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.
* Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.
* Choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. 
* Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow  because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger
* Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg
* Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait
* Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face
* Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes – no fancy up dos with jeans, no pony tails with evening gowns, etc. 
* If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session.  Fresh haircuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.



For more ideas check out my Pinterest board.  

  

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