Style Guide

So you’ve booked a session, and now you’re wondering what to wear? I can help! I want to start this section by saying that I recognise that clothing can be a very personal, sensitive, and unique representation of yourself. I want you to look and feel like the best version of yourself. The ultimate goal is for you to feel confident and comfortable in whatever you have on, because that will radiate through in your photos. When you look nice, you feel nice!

Let’s talk about what works and what doesn’t work so well.  

DO

+ Wear fabrics that move and flow. Movement = magic. Make sure you can easily sit and lie down in your outfits. I will always suggest a flow dress for women because of the moment factor. It truly elevates your session! 

+ Coordinate without matching (please, please don’t match!)

+ Mix colours and patterns (Mum has a floral dress and baby in stripes? Yes, totally OK!)

+ Add texture! Different fabrics - twill, corduroy, flannel, chunky knits, embroidery details, Swiss dots, layers, ruffles, buttons, etc.

+ Plan your clothing around the location where your session will take place. For example, if we are shooting in an area with lots of trees, avoid wearing green/dark colors.

+ Paying attention to small details can really elevate your session. For example, if your baby needs to be soothed with a dummy, consider a more photogenic brand so that we can keep on snapping without missing a beat!    

+ Make sure everyone has had their hair cut and have neat and tidy hair.

+ Treat yourself and get your hair and makeup done. I highly recommend and personally use Victoria Brooke from Final Touch Hair & Makeup Artistry Mob: 0408 732 705

DON'T

+ Please don't match! I would even go so far as to suggest not picking any kind of colour theme, and instead sticking with certain tones that give off a cohesive vibe and not a traditional matching feel. (You will see one of my latest family photos below that shows a great example of different colours but the same tone).

+ Please don't  wear things with large logos, characters, writing or neon colors.

+ Please don't wear ill-fitting things. Pay attention to the fit of your clothing. For women, flowy/movement is good. For men, it’s almost the opposite - you don’t want your pants and tops to be baggy. Slimmer fitting clothing photographs best on men and helps you look more pulled together, no matter what your size is.

+Please avoid small patterns, thin stripes and tight checks. Big checks = good and thin checks = BAD.

+ Please don't ever wear white shirts with denim bottoms. The 90's was 30 years ago so let's leave it there please!
 

COLORS

+ Warm, neutral tones photograph the best with my style of photography and editing. If blue is your must-wear favourite colour, try finding a shade of blue that has some warmth to it and you could also mix it with warm tones as well.

+ Go-to colors: soft greys, cream, beige, burnt orange, caramel, rust, mustard yellow, blush, peach, mauve, plum, army green, dark jeans, chambray, tan leather. Black is ok if used sparingly.  

+ Avoid: primary colors, neons, “baby” pink/blue/yellow, heavily branded clothing.

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