What to Wear Guides :: San Antonio Family Photographer
You’ve booked your session.
I promised you it would be easy – that I’d do my best to corral the kids and get Dad (or your 13 year old… or whoever) to not look grumpy.
I told you that we’d get a shot you loved so much you’d be ordering it on a huge canvas to put in the living room.
I reminded you that the hour-ish you spent with me would be awesome.
Then I made a fool of myself making a video because you (and everyone else) emailed me to ask what you should wear.
Deep breath. I’ve made it even easier! A few awesome bloggers from around San Antonio have put together some unique and inspiring “What to Wear” inspiration guides for you to peruse.
Remember: I’m NOT saying “Go out and buy this exact outfit”. These are just great examples to get your mind thinking about a cohesive look for you and your family.
I love the rich fall colors of this look and the use of pattern on Dad. Make it to your own style by complementing mom’s colored pant with Dad or kiddo’s top or accessory. Embrace the trends of the season and let them inspire you!
Blue is such an easy color – it looks good on just about anyone and it’s so easy to photograph. Keep your blue from getting boring by adding in pops of color – yellow is used here paired with that chic kelly green in the daughter’s dress. I don’t know a single Dad that would complain about that outfit and the gold Tom’s are adorable. Make it your own by pairing pieces in your closet with new and unexpected accessories to freshen up your whole look. A colorful scarf or new pair of shoes can do wonders for an old favorite.
This collection screams “luxe” to me! The colors are begging for some fall foliage and a really pretty blanket to sit on. It also makes me wish I lived somewhere that GOT fall foliage! But, nevertheless, this is perfect for the fall that we get in south Texas. If the weather was a little chilly, some cute tights on little miss would be darling and practical for Mom. Make it your own by gathering clothing items that share the same hue. Mom could easily add a cardi in a complementary color or Dad could don a white collared shirt and accent-colored-tie under his sweater.
This family ROCKS. (I couldn’t resist…) For the family with a sense of cool and a big attitude. I’d find an abandoned warehouse and a drum set for this ensemble! What works about this set? (Oh, the puns just keep coming…) It’s perfectly coordinated around a “theme”. Not one family member is over or under dressed for the style. Even if the color scheme was varied a little more, the genre of style plays well together as a harmonious whole. Make it your own by taking your family’s whole style into account – do you have a tween who’d be your biggest fan for dressing the family according to their style? DO IT! Just once… it’ll make them your biggest fan.
I find gray translates in two ways on camera – cozy or sophisticated. This grey collection definitely leans toward the sophisticated side and would perfectly suit any family that wanted to inject a little bit of glamor or formality into their portrait session. If you’re adding Dad into the mix, put him in a grey suit with a white shirt and let him pick his own tie – you can’t go wrong with this base palette. Make it your own with colored shoes or accessories. To soften the look add in ivory or peony pink – for a more substantial punch throw in royal blue, peacock turquoise or aubergine accessories.
This set is for the fashion forward and on trend family. I love the updated and au currant feeling of this set. It incorporates some individual style for each family member and is cohesive without being at all matchy-matchy. Mom sets the tones and this show stopping family steps in line behind her. Make it your own by pulling some classic pieces from your closet – a shift dress for mom, jeans for Daddy and Little Sir and a flounce skirt for Little Miss. Then hunt for a new, on trend piece for each family member – From our favorite discount stores to Target and Neiman Marcus, you can find something at every price point!
Cozy and casual but chic and pulled together all at the same time. What family couldn’t pull off this look? The foundation pieces are easy to come by and probably already in your wardrobe. A caution about skinny jeans – be sure your shirt is long enough (tucked in or left out) that you can easily move around. Skinny Jeans often have shorter crotch seam lengths and can make it difficult for you to easily move around during a shoot. The effort though, will be worth it in the end! Make it your own by starting with a neutral hue and building up a color pallet in layers. The green in this set could easily be translated into blues, purples, pinks… anything!
My Fantasy Portrait Wardrobe
You know I couldn’t leave you without sharing my own fantasy portrait wardrobe!
My hope is that you are inspired and energized about choosing a cohesive and thoughtful look for you and your family this holiday season. All of these looks can be translated for any family dynamic using the basic principles of color, style, and theme. Most importantly is that everyone feel good in the outfit choices – because feeling good = looking good.
All of the style boards you see were created in Polyvore
– a super easy to use site. A HUGE thanks to Ashleigh, Jessica, Michelle, Christina, Faith, Patty and Tori for creating magnificent inspiration boards. Please visit their sites and get to know them better through their amazing blogs and Facebook or twitter pages.
I’d love to see YOUR style board – leave me a link in the comments and I’ll feature some in an upcoming post. Happy wardrobe planning!