TIPS FOR CHOOSING OUTFITS
FOR YOUR HOLIDAY MINI
YOUR PHOTO SESSION
Congrats on booking a Holiday Mini with A.McGrath Photography! I am so excited to capure this stage of your life, and create memories that will last a lifetime. I know booking a professional photographer is an investment, and to help you make the most of your photo session, I have created this guide to help with the number one thing people ask about: outfit choices. For some more wardrobe inspiration, you can check out my Pinterest board here.
FIRST AND FOREMOST: DON’T STRESS!
Choosing outfits for your whole family can be a bit nerve wracking, but don’t be stressed! This guide includes tips and tricks to help you feel confident in your outfit choices and will ensure you are happy with the look of your photos. Always feel free to ask if you have any questions at all, I love to help with stying and coordinating outfits. Shoot me a text with outfit ideas, and I am glad to give advice and help build outfit ideas.
Choose and plan your outfits a few days before your session. Don’t wait until an hour before and try to coordinate something, as you will feel rushed. You likely have everything you need to pull together great outfits already in your closet, so don’t feel like you need to go out and spend a fortune on new clothes. Leave yourself enough time to feel good about your choices and excited about your outfits!
COORDINATE, DON’T MATCH
Try coordinating your outfits without everyone wearing a matching outfit. Matching outfits, like all white shirts and dark jeans, will look dated and won’t show your style or personality in the photos. Coordinate by choosing clothing with similar colors and tones. Choose pieces that compliment each other and the Holiday environment you will be in for your photos.
LAYERS & PATTERNS
Adding layers and patterns is a great way to create interest in your photos. Try layering a cozy knit sweater or fur vest over a basic shirt or dress, or adding a scarf or wrap. Guys can try a flannel or button down over a t-shirt, or layering with a sweater or jacket. These simple details add interest and dimension to photos. Stay away from crazy patterns, bold images or large logos, as they will be distracting in photos. Subtle patterns or plaid patterns look great in photos and add lots of interest.
STICK TO A COLOR PALETTE
A neutral or jewel toned color palette will look great in the set up we are creating - there will be a light sage green couch with cream pillows and blankets, along with natural elements like pine, wood and rattan, along with victorian rugs in dark reds and greens. Neutral pieces are versatile and can be mixed and matched to coordinate together as a family. Choose a color palette you love and go from there, mixing and matching outfits for your entire family that fall within the palette of colors. A few color palette examples that will coordinate well with the setup are below.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO DRESS IT UP
Don’t shy away from dresses, button downs, or more “dressy” outfits. Flowy dresses look great in photos, and can be layered with a sweater, scarf or vest to add even more dimension. You may feel silly showing up to your photoshoot dressed so formally, but these photos will be looked at for years to come, so why not bring out your best?
The best advice I can give for outfits is to wear something you feel comfortable and good in. When you feel good about yourself, it will show in your photos! Don’t choose outfits that your family would never wear. Choose outfits that fit who you are and your style, that you feel confident and happy wearing.
PINTEREST IS YOUR FRIEND!
Seriously, Pinterest can really help with finding a palette you like and coming up with great outfit ideas! I have a “Holiday Mini Session Outfit Ideas” board I would love to share with you if you’d like to check it out to see more ideas. It includes lots more color pallet examples and outfit combinations that I love, and you might too!
Find me on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/amcgrathphotography