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First off, thank you for booking with me! I'm crazy excited. Now that we have your date all set, it's outfit time! 

One of the analogies I use to describe photography is with... baking. (Yes, you read that right!) There are many photographers out there who have all kinds of different styles. It's like a bakery where you are choosing which cupcake you want. Well, I am honored you are choosing mine! Here is your part of the recipe we need so we can make the exact flavor you have chosen. I have a very specific style and strive to be consistent with my images so you know exactly what kinds of photos you will be getting from your session (dreamy, light, airy, classic, timeless, and glowy... if I do say so myself!).

So let's get baking...

- One heapful of YOU!... add a dash of the people you love for perfection.

- A spoonful of good lighting

- Sweeten with a beautiful location

- Cook long enough until you see genuine smiles (I'll help with that) :)

- Top off with classic, clean clothing. Lemme help you! 

Here goes...






-  W E A R   L I G H T   C O L O R S  -

Perhaps you've noticed that mostly everyone on my website or instagram feed is wearing light colors. There is a reason for this! A photographer's best friend is light. Light is my "paint" if you will. I use it to get a very specific look. When you wear light clothing, the sunlight bounces around, reflects back into your face and anyone who is around you, creating a beautiful glow. It flatters your skin - making it creamier, and hiding flaws. It also helps create the overall aesthetic of the photo. 
**If you absolutely hate light colors, please go with muted jewel tones (such as plum or midnight blue), as opposed to anything bright and vivid, or neon. Sunlight combined with vivid colors makes for an unnatural cast on your skin. For example, if you are wearing bright green and it reflects back onto your face, it can make you look sick and we don't want that!



- C H O O S E   S O L I D   C O L O R S   O R   D E L I C A T E   P A T T E R N S  -

My goal when it comes to clothing, is to have it NOT distract from your faces! The whole goal of your session is to capture your faces, expressions, those dimples in your baby's cheeks, your son's freckles, your daughter's beautiful brown eyes. When you are wearing simple and timeless clothing, the attention isn't drawn to your clothing... but to those amazing features I just mentioned. This is a great thing! When you wear busy patterns, it competes for that attention.















  






















-  G O   W I T H   D R E S S E S   F O R   T H E   G A L S -

When the ladies wear dresses, it really helps create that timeless look. I highly recommend maxi's for mama's! The floor length flatters and adds to the beauty. When a little breeze flutters by, it adds to the motion in the photo. (wearing dresses isn't an absolute must, but it really does help create the aesthetic you often see in my work!). If it's cold outside, I recommend bundling up for sure. Don't worry about wearing a dress if it's too cold! 

For little girls, you can go very simple! Just a solid colored, plain dress can be adorable! You can also add texture with sweaters, boots, bows, etc.



-  G O   S I M P L E   F O R   T H E   G U Y S - 

For the fellas, I highly recommend khakis, tan pants, light grey, or if you need to do denim, make it very light. I discourage black pants because of the contrast it creates with other light colors. But a lighter charcoal could work! As for shirts, I recommend a collared, button-up dress shirt (rolled up to the elbows looks awesome, if the temperatures allow! It helps create a dressy, but not stuffy look). I recommend avoiding polo shirts, at least for my particular style. It looks a little more business-y.

You can dress up guys with suspenders, bow ties, sweaters, paperboy hats for the little ones,... but you certainly don't have to!


- S H O E S -

Anything neutral works! In the Summer, I love kiddos in bare feet! As for babies who can't walk - if it's warm enough, let's see those toes! If it's cold out, boots are cute, or just about anything as long as it's not a bright color. If mom is wearing a maxi dress, often times we won't be able to see those shoes. As long as they don't distract, that's the name of the game.


-  A   W O R D   A B O U T   W H I T E   V S .  C R E A M -

Ok, ok.... hear me out on this one :). This is just a suggestion and not the end of the world, but... clothing that is cream or ivory, photographs white. Clothing that is WHITE-white, photographs blue(ish)! Cream clothes are softer on skin tones and luckily easier than ever to find...(this hasn't always been the case!). So if you can, go with cream. 
*The exception to this is if you are using a lot of grey in your clothing! Grays and whites go better than grays and cream! Think cool tones vs. warm tones.


- P R O P S -

I like to keep props clean and classic (aka: not too many banners, or things that make the photo cluttered).... remember, I like to keep the focus on the face! That being said, I love including a prop or two, especially if it is meaningful. For example, I LOVE LOVE LOVE floral bouquets, a beloved book, or a sentimental toy (just for some of the shots). If it's Christmas, bust out some candy canes! Little props that are simple and meaningful, can add some fun photos to a collage, and make for visual interest. If you DO bring a prop or two, please let me know before we start the session so I can incorporate them when the time is right in your session.


- M A K E U P -

With the settings I use to shoot, pretty please go a shade or two darker than usual with blush and lipstick (these things will photograph lighter than they look in person). Feel free to put a little bit of blush on your kiddos as well if you think they need it!


- A N D   F I N A L L Y -

At the end of the day, these are YOUR photos! I always want my clients to get the look they want, and sometimes they love a little help in achieving the specific look in my brand, which is likely what they are going for! ;) However, if you want to wear a zebra costume,... go for it! These photos are going on YOUR walls, getting passed down to YOUR family! I can't wait to see you at your session.


























-  W E A R   L I G H T   C O L O R S  -

If you haven't noticed, mostly everyone on my website or instagram feed is wearing light colors. There is a reason for this! A photographer's best friend is light. Light is my "paint" if you will. I use it to get a very specific look. When you wear light clothing, the sunlight bounces around, reflects back into your face and anyone who is around you, creating that beautiful glow. It flatters your skin - making it creamier, and hiding flaws. It also helps create the overall aesthetic of the photo. 
**If you absolutely hate light colors, please go with muted jewel tones as opposed to anything brightly colored :)


- C H O O S E   S O L I D   C O L O R S   
O R   D E L I C A T E   P A T T E R N S  -

My goal when it comes to clothing, is to have it NOT distract from your faces! The whole goal of your session is to capture your faces, expressions, those dimples in your baby's cheeks, your son's freckles, your daughter's beautiful brown eyes. When you are wearing simple and timeless clothing, the attention isn't drawn to your clothing... but to those amazing features I just mentioned. This is a great thing! When you wear busy patterns, it competes for that attention.















  

















-  G O   W I T H   D R E S S E S   F O R   
T H E   G A L S -

When the ladies wear dresses, it really helps create that timeless look. I highly recommend maxi's for mama's! The floor length flatters and adds to the beauty. When a little breeze flutters by, it adds to the feeling in the photo. (wearing dresses isn't an absolute must, but it really does help create the aesthetic you often see in my work!).

For little girls, you can go very simple! Just a solid colored, simple dress can be adorable! You can also add texture with sweaters, boots, bows (although remember to keep the bow simple so the attention is on your cutie's face and not on the bow itself!), etc.


-  G O   S I M P L E   F O R   
T H E   G U Y S - 

For the guys, I highly recommend khakis, tan pants, light grey, or if you need to do denim, make it very light. I discourage black pants because of the contrast it creates with other light colors. But a lighter charcoal could work! As for shirts, I recommend a collared, button-up dress shirt (rolled up to the elbows looks awesome! It helps create a dressy, but not stuffy look). I recommend avoiding polo shirts.

You can dress up guys with suspenders, bow ties, sweaters, paperboy hats for the little ones,... but you certainly don't have to!


- S H O E S -

Anything neutral works! In the Summer, I love kiddos in bare feet! As for babies who can't walk - if it's warm enough, let's see those toes! If it's cold out, furry-lined boots are cute, or just about anything as long as it's not a bright color. If mom is wearing a maxi dress, often times we won't be able to see those shoes. As long as they don't distract, that's the name of the game.


-  A   W O R D   A B O U T   W H I T E   
V S .  C R E A M -

Ok, ok.... hear me out on this one :). This is just a suggestion and not the end of the world, but... clothing that is cream or ivory, photographs white. Clothing that is WHITE-white, photographs blue(ish)! Cream clothes are softer on skin tones and luckily easier than ever to find...(this hasn't always been the case!). So if you can, go with cream. 
*The exception to this is if you are using a lot of grey in your clothing! Greys and whites go better than greys and cream! Think cool tones vs. warm tones.


- P R O P S -

I like to keep props clean and classic (aka: not too many banners, or things that make the photo cluttered).... remember, I like to keep the focus on the face! That being said, I adore a prop or two, especially if it is meaningful. For example, I LOVE LOVE LOVE floral bouquets, a beloved book, or a sentimental toy.  If it's Christmas, bust out some candy canes! Little props that are simple and meaningful, can add some fun photos to a collage, and make for visual interest. If you DO bring a prop or two, please let me know before we start the session so I can incorporate them when the time is right in your session.


- A N D   F I N A L L Y -

At the end of the day, these are YOUR photos! I always want my clients to get the look they want, and sometimes they love a little help in achieving a specific look ;). However, if you want to wear a zebra costume,... go for it! These photos are going on YOUR walls, getting passed down to YOUR family! 




















FOR ALL:
H&M

FOR MOM:
Piper & Scoot

One Loved Babe

Morning Lavendar

Neesees Dresses

Roolee

Christy Dawn
(a bit pricier but they have some dreamy stuff!)

ASOS
(link takes you to the bridesmaids section, where they have a beautiful selection)

Sew Trendy Accessories
(for expectant mamas)... I do have a selection of some of these dresses available for my maternity clients


FOR GIRLS:
EleStory
(they are FANTASTIC and have mommy clothes too!)

Joyfolie
(this is great for moms too!)

Rainey's Closet
(for dress rentals)


FOR DAD and BOYS:
Old Navy

Abercrombie
(good for girls too, they have cute jackets)






what should I wear?

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While adorable in person, these kinds of patterns don't photograph well with my style of photography. The areas of high contrast (aka: light and dark colors close together) attract the eye and compete for attention... taking the focus from faces.

These patterns are light and delicate, and will photograph fantastic!

y e a h !

n a h . . .

** When in doubt about a pattern, do a "squint test" - just look at it, squint your eyes, and if the clothing item looks like a solid color or close to it, it's good! If it still looks pretty busy, go another route. Or keep it simple and go with a solid color!

MY CLOTHING PINTEREST BOARD

(if you want to see examples!)

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