The end-of-summer/fall portrait season is upon us! Time to squeeze in those last precious days at the beach and start gravitating toward farms and orchards for the exquisite New England Autumn. As I get ready for this busy season full of families getting together for Christmas card images and treasured keepsake photos I can’t help but notice the most popular question I get from families after they book a shoot: “what do you recommend we wear??”
There is not right or wrong answer but I might be able to help you make the best choices for YOUR unique family. Here are a few tips!
1. Consider the season and location
If we are shooting at the beach the first week of September you probably won’t be bringing along those riding boots and leather jackets. You want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you choose. Sandals and dresses, shorts and chambray shirts are always safe for the beach! Once the leaves start changing start thinking of boots and layers so you’re comfortable and appropriate.
2. Check the weather
This is a tricky one because our weather changes so quickly. Decide on your family’s foundation items and just have some cardigans on hand if it gets chilly. Too hot? Roll up those sleeves and jeans, or swap out for basics like khakis shorts and maxi skirts. If it’s raining we can still have fun – just grab some rain boots and umbrellas! Wind can be a big challenge so if the breeze feels strong try a simple undo for long hair so you aren’t constantly having to pull it out of faces.
3. Don’t feel like you need to match
It is totally not necessary to color coordinate everyone; in fact, having the entire family in the exact same outfit can take away from the personality of your crew. If you really like having the same palette or you’re trying to compliment a room in your home try using that one color as the theme but adding pops of color and accessories, as well as different shades of the color. Don’t be afraid of bright colors and patterns! Avoid text and characters so you don’t date the photos but if you love that orange chevron go for it! I love when families get bold and give each person a different look.
4. You can’t go wrong with navy
Still unsure? Colors that never fail are navy, neutrals like grey, black and tan, or pastels like soft pink and baby blue. Denim and chambray are both trendy and versatile. Add a bright necklace or scarf or a fun bow tie with a collared shirt if you’d like some brighter details.
Ready to schedule your family’s session? September is nearly sold out and we are looking into October and November! Weekends are especially sparse so call or email to get a good date. Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer!