I came across another photographer’s site who had quite a dictatorial list of ‘must not do’s’ including no bright colours, no patterns, no pink tones, ‘never wear short sleeves or short pants’. (That would rule out shooting a friend’s family who lives in shorts year around.) And finally – wear glasses with no lenses so they don’t reflect. Huh?!
My own suggestion is to keep it simple and consistent.
- Jeans are timeless and casual – paired with a solid colour top (any colour), they’ll fit into almost any setting.
- Patterns are ok, but not too many. e.g. if Mum wants to wear a colourful blouse, keep the rest of the family in solids of similar shades.
- Keep your theme – if it’s formal, all go formal (unless you have a toddler who insists on wearing her best dress to the barn – that’s just cute!)
- Glasses – if they’re part of you and your daily life, wear them. Any decent photographer knows how to avoid glare.
And finally – BE YOURSELF! Let your clothing reflect who you are, not dictate the session.