Giving Olan Mills the Bird- How to Dress for your Session

I know picking out clothes for sessions can be stressful. Trust me, I have to pick out seven outfits every time we get our photos done. Then I have to rework them because some of my kids actually have opinions now.

(Uh mom? I don’t do skirts anymore.

No.

You can’t bribe me.

Seriously. No.)

Sure. There’s a time and a place to catch your beautiful offspring as they are, in all their mis-matched socks, soccer-jersey-to-school, hole-in-both-knees-and-not-in-a-cool-way, tennis-shoes-with-skinny-jeans glory. But it’s usually not when you are paying a professional to take killer photos. And YES, I know it is more about the connection and the spirit that is captured in the photos. But let’s be honest. Great outfits help.

The family below never fails to surprise and delight me with their clothing. I look forward to their sessions every year because I can’t wait to drool over what they are wearing (and they’re just an awesome family that really connects and truly loves each other and all that goodness).

If you are feeling frustrated and fashion challenged and ready to resort to Olan-Mills-White-Shirts-and-Khakis, first, take a deep breath. Put the white shirts away, and call me if you need some help. I am here to help with wardrobe!

Here are my top three tips to get you started:

  • Colors. Most people pick me to photograph their families because they love my use of color. Clothing can bring color into an otherwise neutral space and create a more compelling image.
  • Layers and details. Layers photograph really well. Details, like the little buttons and lace on the girl’s boots, also add interest.
  • Patterns. There are at least four different patterns going on in the photos below. Don’t be afraid. Just do it!

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