One place I ask my clients to begin when considering outfit options, is by thinking about what they want to do with their portraits. Are the portraits going to be hung as a gallery display in their living room? Perhaps their entryway? By picking up the colors in the room in your outfits, you can help accentuate the portraits as artistic focal points in the room. They will tie in with the decor and create a beautiful look.
Another key element to think about when choosing your wardrobe is, "what tone do you want these portraits to be?" Are you wanting a formal or high fashion style? Do you prefer a more comfortable, casual look? Both looks are wonderful, but it's important to choose one or the other. I have seen people arrive to portrait sessions in mismatched clothing. The guy walks in wearing khaki shorts and a polo shirt, looking very casual and relaxed. His wife coming in wearing a beautiful blouse and dress slacks. Both are wonderful outfits in their own right, but they don't pair well together. In your portraits you want to look like a cohesive group, like you were meant to be together. If someone is under or over dressed they will definitely stand out from the rest in a less than ideal way.
Don't forget to consider the location your portraits will be taken in as a factor for deciding your attire. While females in beautiful flow-y sundress and guys in khaki shorts look beautiful on a beach, it's perhaps not the ideal look for an urban setting. Not to say it can't be pulled off, but try to think about how all the pieces of your portraits will fit together, even the ones in the background.
Remember Spring Mini-Sessions are coming up later this month and are a perfect opportunity to get some beautiful updated portraits on your walls. To learn more about our Spring Mini-Sessions check out our blog post here. These sessions make an excellent Mother's Day present!