When planning your portrait session there’s a lot that goes into it and you will shop for days trying to get just the right outfit, then there’s the backup outfit just in case the first one makes you look fat or your man or kiddo refuses to wear what you first bought…see stress!
So I’m giving you a short list of guidelines to help you out when you are getting ready for your portrait session and a screen shot of what a typical fam might wear just to keep it simple. Remember you want to this day to capture your family just as you are so your attire should be representative of such too.

THE RULES
1. Say no to to being a match made in heaven.. Instead choose a color family and build from it.
2. Light colored clothing and character shirts generally call attention away from the face and should be avoided…same with makeup, although the natural tones are best you will tend to look washed out so always apply a little more (JUST A LITTLE) color to your face
3. White typically does not photograph well. If you want one color, Black is the way to go!
4. Men should have their hair cut one week before portraits.
5. Women; avoid a drastic change in hairstyle, just in case. Need I say more.
6. Clothing should be comfortable! It’s not uncommon to find yourself laying in the grass, or jumping with your kids be ready for anything!
7. Mini skirts or short shorts…a bad idea. Think comfort!
8. 3/4 Sleeve or longer with a square, V-Neck or Scoop Neck are most flattering for women.
9. Arriving early and dressing your little one on location can save you a lot of stress over dirtying his clothes.
10. Rules are made to be broken!

It’s all about the experience.

We have all been here, that place, the one that we swear we will never go back to because we get such horrible customer service when we are there. For me that place was U*S. I got a delivery notice so I went to pick up my package only to find that they had already shipped it back to the sender! Really! It hadn’t even been 24 hours can I get a few hours to work and diver over to your pick up center! I never received the first two notices of delivery so I was very upset over this and the service that I received. And it’s not even the inconvenience of my time it’s the VALUE of my TIME to me and my family.
Now I share this story with you because as a small business owner, I try to anticipate the needs of my clients. I know what I charge and I know that many of my clients work hard to afford sessions with me, so when they are with me I try to ensure that the time they have entrusted to me is valued. I have little toys and water bottles with me at my sessions and I always try to plan sessions within 2 miles of the nearest coffee shop! I also keep my car trunk stocked with baby wipes and an extra blanket you never know when the kids are gonna want to have a spontaneous picnic or a place to take a quick cat nap.
When you take a little extra time to plan for your clients needs in advance it helps to ensure that you are providing them the best possible experience with your little business.