Based in Howard County, Maryland, Christina Tundo Photography serves all the definitions of family within the DMV area, preserving the authentic moments, both big and small, that you want to hold onto forever.
One of the first questions I’m asked after booking a session with family is what I recommend they wear. Every family’s style is different and should absolutely be reflected in what you choose to wear for your photos. But, I’ve got a few tips that will help you no matter what you like to wear! Here’s my three tips to help you style outfits for your portrait session this year!
Think about where your portraits are going to take place and when we’re having your session first. This will help you determine which colors to use. For the fall, jewel tones are always nice along with some neutral colors like cream. For the spring, something lighter and more pastel is always a good option. I am obsessed with year round colors like sage, dusty blue, cream, and mauve which give a timeless look. The location will help you, too! If you’re going to be somewhere with a lot of trees, something other than green is a good idea. And if you’re going to be at home, think about your furniture and wall colors! Once you have a location and time of year, select a color palette of 3-4 colors with 2 neutral colors (cream, grey, beige, khaki, black). Avoid neon and bright colors as they put a color cast on the skin.
Yes, I’m talking to YOU – the one who booked the session! Dress yourself first. Once you know what you’re wearing, you can build everyone else’s outfits off of yours. Plus, who doesn’t like doing something easy that makes you feel taken care of? Your choice will inform so much, from the color palette to exact style you’re looking for and often choosing ONE outfit to start feels way less overwhelming. Solid colors, textures, and larger prints that don’t distract the eye are great options. Of course, ALWAYS do what you love!
Bonus tip? Select an outfit and accessories that you can easily move in. We move around A LOT!
Once you’ve settled on the main outfit and a color palette you’re going for, try to find colors that are complementary. If your outfit has a pattern, use it to pull out colors you can use! If not, go back to that original dream palette and see what you can find. For portraits, it’s better to have a variety of looks and styles instead of matching. Remember to focus on the palette you’re using, not finding outfits that all look alike!
Once you have your outfits picked out for the family, start accessorizing. Bringing accessories to your session is an easy way to add some personality into your photos. Your kid’s in “I have to wear my favorite hair bow” stage? Cool, let’s show them off! Throw on your favorite chunky jewelry for a pop of color. Whatever it is, let’s use it. Shoes, bows, jewelry, and ties all make a difference in making your family photos feel like, well, your family! For this session, the little girl wore one of her pieces of jewelry that she sells! Check out her jewelry at Made By Maya.
If you’re still feeling unsure about what to wear, I do offer a complimentary Styling Service! Together, we can review what you’ve picked and decide on what you still need. You can also take a look at my Style closet for any pieces you still need. I want you to absolutely LOVE your images and finding the perfect outfits can be a huge part of that! Every client has access to both of these services so that your sessions are stress-free and enjoyable!
Ready for more tips on what to do before your family session? Check out my top five tips here!