Dressing for Success for Your Ottawa Family Photo Shoot

April 23, 2015 | by Dan Lalonde Comments

Rule #1 – Co-ordinate.

If you are shooting with another person, make sure your outfits complement one another’s. Choose a consistent color palette. If someone is wearing a bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids.

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Try to be consistent with your color paletter

Rule #2 Accessorize!

Scarves, hats, bows, head banks all adds a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also a great place to co-ordinate looks. For example, if Mom is wearing a bright pattern with lavender, pink and gray, little brother can rock a pair of gray sneakers while Dad can choose a lavender vest and big sister with a pink headband.

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Accesories can be fun!!!

Rule #3 Try for Texture

Layers and textures can really add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with rich, simple detailing such as embroidery, tweed, ribbons, etc or layer pieces to add dimension and texture. Texture is especially important if you want a lot of black and white photos, which naturally need more visual depth and detail than color images. Also because you’ll want to keep the pace going during your session, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes pull off the sweater, slip on the vest and you’ve got a whole new look!

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Layers can add some interest to your photo.

Rule #4 Dress Kids for Comfort & Movement

Kids naturally run, skip, dance and jump around during photo sessions because they are kids! To avoid unnecessary aggravation, let them be comfortable in their clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, fedoras, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so when the kids start getting wild, their clothes will look even better.

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Dress the kids so they are comfortable

Rule #5 Be Timeless

You’ll have these pictures for generations so don’t date yourself! Choose classic, timeless pieces, or even vintage apparel and accessories. Opt for the latest trends and you may feel otherwise about that amazing outfit in a few years or even a few months from now.

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Pick clothing that are classic so you don’t outdate your photo too quick


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