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.
In-home sessions are some of my favorite things to photograph. Families just come alive at home, in their favorite spaces, together. It’s always a joy to watch and it’s typically way less stressful for my families, especially if they have little ones. I’m all about making your portrait session easy and stress-free! When planning your in-home lifestyle session, I have lots of great tips for you (including a bunch here!). But, today I want to talk about what to wear for in-home sessions. This can be one of the hardest parts about planning a portrait session, so let’s break it down today!
Neutral colors, like creams, grays, and whites are helpful for two reasons. First, they’re plain and simple. This means that the focus of your images is on you and your family – not the bright pink shirt you’re wearing. It allows us to really pay attention to what’s happening in the images we capture. Second, it ensures that there’s no strange color casts on your skin or anyone else’s at home. While that’s more of a “me” problem than you, it helps make everything easier for all of us if we aren’t fighting against strange reflections or bright blue skin from your clothing. Neutral colors also allow for you to bring in pops of color other places – in your home or in your accessories.
When choosing your outfits, remember that textures are a great idea! Consider layering your outfits, wearing that comfy sweater you like, or adding some of your favorite jewelry. Textures bring something interesting to your outfits without being overpowering. Adding textures is also a great way to let your kids bring their personalities in to the portraits. Remember, they don’t have to wear everything for every photo, either!
If you can’t decide between two outfits, wear them both! I always encourage my families to do something more “formal” – maybe a dress for the ladies and a button down for the men. But, I’m also there to capture your family and odds are that you don’t lounge at home with your flowing dresses on! If you want to put on something more comfortable for some of your portraits or you just want a second look, go for it! Being at home gives us a bit more flexibility when it comes to outfit options.
While there’s lots of things you could wear for your session, I’ll tell you one thing you won’t be wearing: shoes and socks. If you’re at home, it’s better if you’re barefoot in portraits. It’s more natural and looks more cozy in the final images. It seems like a silly little thing to think about but it really does make a huge difference!
Choosing your outfits for your in-home session isn’t complicated! Go for comfy, neutral, and something that works well with your home decor. Remember that comfy doesn’t have to mean sweatpants, but find something that you feel good in! If you don’t feel good, nothing else really matters in the end. Don’t forget, I offer styling consultations so if you’re not sure what to wear, make sure to let me know and we can chat about your outfit picks!!