What to wear for session


We’ve come up with some tips to help you decide what to wear. Please note that these are just guidelines, you are of course free to wear what you like! However for the best results, here are our recommendations…

  • remember to communicate the dress code to everyone involved in the shoot
  • think about your home, your decor,colors, and style of your home.  Chances are, at some point after your session, you will be ordering prints or digital files.  Why not keep your decor in mind and ensure that it all blends into your home.  This will ensure that any large portraits will coordinate beautifully
  • you want your family photos to be timeless, so it is best to aim for more of a classic look, not one that instantly dates you. One example of something that is timeless is jeans… classic look and style yet you can still incorporate your own flair into the outfit with your tops and accessories
  • don’t make everyone wear all the same color – matching is boring and dated. Coordinate colors and looks, letting everyone have their own spin on the color palette
  • choose muted tones that are a bit subdued so that you are the subject not your clothes and you don’t stand out from the group
  • choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other
  • choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  or tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning!
  • avoid anything with logos, graphics, characters, labels, etc. These tend to be distracting
  • patterns can add visual interest and texture as well as a good dose of personality. Just make sure that either just one person is in a pattern with the rest of the subjects in simple, more solid color pieces or the patterns are subtle and complementary
  • keep jewellery simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face
  • layer your outfit with a cute belt and pendant necklace,cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers, etc.Not only will it provide more visual interest in each photo but it will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses.  Have a ton of images of yourself in just your dress or cute top and jeans?  Throw on a little  sweater or jacket and a hat and you have entirely different look
  • bring few set of outfits. Some like to bring both a casual set of clothing, and a more dressed-up set to change into. This way you have a variety of shots in different styles. The beauty of a studio is that it works really well from casual t-shirts and jeans, all the way up to prom dresses and wedding outfits.



Remember, there are no rules, these are just guidelines to help you. The most important thing is to wear what you’re comfortable in, and what you’d like to be wearing in your pictures. If you have some statement clothing or accessories we could make some creative photos with, go for it! We love doing new and different styles of photography in the studio, and interesting props always help, so if you have any ideas you want to try out, we’re up for it. 

Good luck planning for your session, and we hope to see you in the studio soon! 

- Lil’Ones Photography by M.Gancarz