What To Wear

Miners Family-4Many people ask me what to wear for a portrait session. The main focus will be on your faces so you don’t want the attention being drawn away from your face to your clothing. Of course styling can certainly define you, but any clothing or props need to compliment you as the subject.

Try to avoid the following in clothing: stripes or heavy patterns, logos or words, pictures, colours that clash.

Try instead: dressing appropriately and comfortably to compliment the location, dressing in solid colours or subtle light patterns. You can certainly add accessories as long as they compliment the look.

Choose 2-3 colours that complement each other and stick within their tonal range. For example, neutral tones always work well with lights or darks – cream or white with subtle pastel colours, and a dark grey or blue.

For women, I find that a light flowing dress, skirt and pretty top add a touch of femininity and elegance. If you would rather a more casual feel then plain jeans and a top work well.
For men, jeans or dark coloured trousers and a smart-casual button shirt look best.

For families with young children, they can dress a little more colourful, or you could choose to have them in a similar colour scheme as the adults. A really beautiful alternative is to go with a vintage look (for girls think lace, tulle, flowers, ribbons etc in creams or pastels). Tutus are always a popular choice when combined with a plain cream or white top. Feel free again to accessorise.

Finally I always encourage bringing any props of significant or sentimental value.