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What to Wear? | Pricing

What to Wear?

Think about what you want to capture in this portrait session. Are you looking for simple and classic or bold, modern and edgy? Either way, wear clothing with texture such as chunky knits, or woven fabrics. Try to match the seasons with rich autumn colors in the fall or try bright, cheery colors for the summer. Clients often bring an armful, or even a basketful, of clothing choices to their sessions and we work together to find the best look for you and your family.

The most important thing to remember is to show your personality! You are more than just khaki pants and a white dress shirt -show it! If red is your favorite color, wear red. Like stripes? Great! Bring them with you. Simple patterns and bold colors look great in person and in photos.

What to Wear

Here are some helpful hints:

• Choose a bold color that is similar to your eye color.

• Add layers and texture. Think scarves (light weight or winter weight), hats, jackets, blazers, ties, denim, knits and corduroy. Long sleeves under short sleeves, leggings under skirts/dresses. Fun shoes like tall boots or sassy heels. A variety of textures will give your photos some extra punch to go with your great smile.

• Be a head turner. Wear the blazer that fits just right. Or that dress that makes you feel like a million bucks. Clothes that make you feel good make you look good. If you have the option, why not wear something that makes you want to smile?

• Pick clothing that fits nicely. It should be neither too tight nor too loose. The clothes should hang on the bodies well, without folding or creasing. And always dress for full-length shots, which means socks and shoes that also match and are in good shape. Some times barefoot is best, weather permitting.

• Avoid logos, bold patterns and character-wear. Leave Dora and Diego at home. Character-wear and logos may be precious in person but will leave you clueless in twenty years when you look back on your photos and try to figure out who that is on your child's shoes. Keep it timeless and focused on your faces, not your clothes.

• Generally, avoid solid blacks or whites, and matching outfits.

• Be who you are.

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For Children's sessions:

Match their personality! Try cheerful, fun prints with polka dots, stripes, camo - whatever showcases who they really are. Add some layers and texture with a tutu, pettiskirt, tie or knit hat. Bring along their favorite stuffed animal or something that's important to them.

Most older kids aren't comfortable in formal dress and occasionally it can show in their pictures. So, if you have your heart set on a suit and tie or an elaborate party dress, make sure to bring a second outfit that is more casual and comfortable.

Families & Couples:

Coordinating but not matching is the key. Don't over-match! The whole group does not have to wear black t-shirts and denim or white shirts and khakis. Why not shake it up a bit and show some of who each person is as an individual within the whole? Make sure everyone dresses at the same level of formality, either all dressy or all casual and in similar or complimentary color tones. Examples could be earth tones, jewel tones, sky blue and chocolate brown, etc.

Maternity & Newborn:

For maternity, we suggest some simple basics: jeans with a real waist, tight tops that hug the belly, a beautiful dress or flowing skirt and a flattering, comfortable bra/cropped top/sweater perhaps with a beautiful print. After all, most of this session will be all about the belly.

For your precious newborn, naked or just a diaper is best. We want to capture those beautiful bellies, tiny toes and bums. If you have a special outfit be sure to have that ready to go as well. Props that work well with newborns include hats, baskets, bowls, etc.

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Now that you have the info, where to shop? Or even to just look for inspiration? Following is a list of favorite retailers who always have something to offer:

Aberdeen's Clothing for Children
207 Washington
Grand Haven, MI 49417

All Things Girly
925 West Broadway Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49441-3521
(231) 747-9714

1200 E Paris Avenue Southeast Suite #2
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 957-0050

Tip Toes
60 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 298-2106

If it's after hours and you're searching the web in your pj's try some of these online retailers: Gap, Chasing Firefiles, Garnet Hill, Boden, The Children's Place, Best Dressed Kids, Gymboree, Moppet Frocks, Old Navy, Crazy 8, Etsy or Hanna Andersson.

If you're still stuck, contact me and we can work through the kinks together.

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