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styling tips


Styling Tips

My family and I recently had our photos taken and let me tell you... figuring out outfits was a lot harder than I thought, and the pressure to put everyones outfits together can feel pretty overwhelming.

So I want to help! I have put together some fun tips for for styling your portraits session, what looks really good on camera and help you get the most out of your photos to ensure that during your session you get to put the focus where it belongs - on each other - and that you love your photos for years to come!

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First... If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing one, arrive in that.

I always recommend coordinating outfits. That means items that “go” together but aren’t matchy-matchy. It’s important that you get the portraits you dream of but remember it’s also important to be comfortable.

When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. I am a big fan of soft earthy tone colors. Sage green, light muted blues, tans, blush... mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like gray, creams, and whites.

I prefer to stay away from bright pinks and reds because they bring out red hues in your skin. 

I love texture whether it's the sleeve style on your shirt or the ruffles or layers in your clothes. Patterns are awesome but you want something that's not too busy or distracting. 


Have you thought about rocking a romantic gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! A portrait session is also a great time to bring a new permanent piece (or two!) into your closet!

If you choose to wear jeans or pants I just recommend getting a fit that you really love and feel great in. If you choose to wear something more casual on the bottom, then think about dressing it up on top. A beautiful flowy top or lace accent can make your outfit feel special for this occasion.


Bring a pair of flats to wear when moving from
place to place. Your feet will thank you later!


Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two instead.

Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially in nature, like a field, forest, or in front of a barn. Consider softer fabrics which allow for beautiful movement in the images. Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses photograph beautifully as well. Just keep in mind that you will be sitting in some poses so if something is too short you will be limited on poses.





If you’re an expecting mother, we always recommend floor-length gowns or maxi dresses. These dresses create the best silhouettes to flatter your figure and really highlight your bump. A lot of expecting mothers love to incorporate flower crowns or headpieces as well.


LAYERING MIGHT CONSIST of a vest, suspenders, a sport coat, or maybe a pullover with a collared shirt underneath. And accessories aren’t just for the ladies! Belts, watches, bowties, and an awesome pair of shoes for your guy can be the perfect finishing touch for your images. 

Long, fitted pants or jeans and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts and sandals at home, as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants, jeans, or fitted colored pants work best on camera. I also recommend staying away from graphics and logos. 




Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit, jeans, or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any outfit for men and boys alike. If you bring two outfits to the session, you can start with a traditional necktie and belt, then switch to suspenders and a bow tie for your second look. If two looks are too stressful, no problem! One will do the trick! You can still mix and match accessories to compliment both of her dresses without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, it’s a win.


I hope these help a bit! Please let me know if you have any questions at all! 

xo Susie