November 04, 2017

What To Wear For Holiday / Christmas Photos


Holiday sessions are here! What should you decide to wear?

Honestly wear whatever you want! But if you are really not sure how to start planning, I have a little advice...


1. Use this little trick: Choose 3 shades of neutral colors for your family (then optional: *one person only* wears a little pop of red for color)

So basically choose 3 neutral colors (one of them being white/cream) and only wear shades of those 3 neutral colors. THAT'S IT! You can wear ANY shade of those 3 neutral colors. I consider neutral colors to be browns, blacks, white/creams, grays, blues (shades of light blue or navy blue only). Don't be matchy/matchy-- If Dad is wearing khaki pants, Mommy should NOT be wearing khaki pants. Mix it up! Dress in layers or add a neutral colored scarf with texture! To add some color for a Christmas photo, follow the steps above, but have only one person wearing a pop of red (more than one person will be too much). Leave out the pop of red and your photos will look great framed year-round!

See the family above? Notice their 3 neutral colors: BLACKS, WHITES, GRAYS, and one person is wearing the pop of red. 

If you are not sure what to wear, try wearing shades of cream/whites, browns/tans/khaki/espresso, and blues (shades of light blue and dark blue only).

So try keeping your outfits neutral for Christmas photos and you can easily find an online holiday card style to go with your photo (online holiday card template companies like Minted, TinyPrints, Shutterfly, Artifact Uprising, or MPix are great)! Or add a little pop of color to a maximum of one person.

2. Add some texture!  YES! This is definitely important for maternity and newborn family photos. In general, this is easier for women/girls: lace, chunky sweater material, sequins, tulle netting, or a furry vest. White and cream lace looks amazing and is very easy to find in stores.  

3. Other helpful tips to consider...

Tip: Watch out for orange and red! These two colors tend to reflect back onto your face, causing a strange skin tone in the final photo. Avoid an all-orange / all-red shirt and orange / red blankets to sit on. When in doubt, definitely go for cream or white! 

Tip: Only have one person in your family wearing a patterned shirt (stripes, checkered pattern, floral pattern). Too many patterns in outfits just look "busy" and confusing all together. It's better to stick with solid colors and focus on wearing layers or adding different textures. If one person wears a patterned shirt, NOBODY ELSE IN THE FAMILY SHOULD WEAR ONE! 

Tip: Stay away from huge logos or big words on your shirt, which are very distracting. Don't wear a shirt that has a huge Abercrombie written across the front of it.

Tip: Dress in layers! YES!

Tip: Don't be matchy-matchy. If Dad is wearing khaki pants, Mommy should NOT be wearing khaki pants. 

Tip: Men, your socks will show at some point! Wear your best dress socks. Avoid white socks. 

Tip: Sometimes the soil outdoors is soft, so high heel shoes will end up sinking in, making it difficult for women to walk or stand. If you must wear heels, make sure they are chunky heels or a "wedge" type of heel so it's easier to walk.  

Tip: Try to stay away from blue jeans! No more than 2 people in a family of 5 should wear jeans, if any at all (but if you must wear jeans, choose a very dark shade of blue jean). Please stay away from all jeans in a family. If you are a family of 3 or 4, only 1 person should wear jeans (a very dark shade of blue jean). 

Tip: If you have more than 4 people in your family, have a kid wear horizontal stripes. 

Tip: If you have a toddler boy, suspenders are always cute. I have some, so just ask.

Tip: Men should NOT wear just a t-shirt (makes guys look frumpy, and shows every little pudge). Instead, men should wear a long-sleeve shirt with a collar (and can roll up the sleeves in warm weather), tucked out for a more casual look, or tucked in with a belt. Men need a thicker shirt with a fold-over collar, even a short-sleeve polo will work. A button-down shirt looks the best, or even dress in layers.

Tip: When in doubt of colors to wear --if you have no idea what to do--  choose BLUES, BROWNS, CREAMS: This means you can wear shades of blues (light blues and dark blues only), browns/tans/khaki/espresso/other browns, and whites/creams.   

Still not sure what to wear? Just contact me! I can help!




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