Ottawa Family Photographer - What to Wear?
A photo is a two-dimensional representation of you and your family, so choosing what clothes to wear in a session is a very important decision. It communicates who you are through the image. The clothes speak for you. However, it doesn't have to be a complicated decision. In my opinion, choosing what to wear should be related to the genre of session you are having done, and not so much about following a strict code of rules. These ideas may vary depending on the photographer's brand and style of photography. That being said, in MY house of photography...these are my recommendations:
Above all else, choose clothing and shoes that you are comfortable in. If you are uncomfortable or tugging at your clothes, that will show through in the photos, and you will not enjoy yourself as much. I always encourage my clients to get down and play with their kids, and comfortable clothes play a large role in that.
2. BE YOURSELF...within reason
Your photos are not just about pretty pictures. They're about you. Why go outside of your own style just because it might look pretty? Now, if you can rock a pair of 3-inch heel boots like nobody's business and you can still get down to play with your kids, knock yourself out! Clearly, you are being you AND you are comfortable. As important as it is to stay true to your style and who you are, it's also important to consider the location. Those heels won't look appropriate walking in a field but they WOULD look fantastic in an urban setting.
An old concert t-shirt would be just fine during a home documentary session, because such a session is meant to record your real life. However, it wouldn't look appropriate for an outdoor lifestyle session. I would recommend raiding your closet to find something else to wear that speaks to who you are.
3. LAYERS, Textures and Colours, Oh My!
All of these combined create such great visual interest in a photo. Combine denim and leather boots, some knits and cottons, it's perfect. Throw in little pops of colour in there and you have a winning recipe. Just don't go crazy! If you show up with everyone wearing neon colours for a nature walk, my lens may very well break. It would really detract from the serene environment that comes with a natural setting.
Patterns are great for a photography session, within moderation. Be careful, because patterns that are too loud and busy can be very distracting and destroy the cohesiveness of the image to the point that all you can focus on is that pattern!
5. dress for the story being told
If I'm coming to your home for a documentary session, then please, by all means, wear whatever you like. I am there to record your real life, and that might include dad in his decade-old sweats. If I'm there to document an outdoor real-life activity, like a day at the beach, then again, no need to consider wardrobe. Just be beachy. For an outdoor lifestyle session where a few casual portraits are taken, this is where I would suggest taking more care into coordinating clothing.
6. The Absolute Don'ts for outdoor lifestyle sessions
It is important to note that your family photos are going to be around FOREVER. With that in mind, please put that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirt your 6 year old really wanted to wear, back in the drawer. Novelty t-shirts with cartoon characters or clever phrases on them should stay as far away from a family photography session as possible. Any logos on your clothes should be small and inconspicuous. No logos at all is even better, but sometimes it's unavoidable, especially with outwear. These are fads and trends that do not stand the test of time. Like bold and busy patterns, these can also be very distracting.
7. the absolute don'ts for home documentary sessions
There are none. : )