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Welcome to the Style Guide! One of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients before a shoot is, "what do I wear?" I put together a list of tips and color schemes that I think will be helpful when trying to pick out outfits. 

But first, I just want to say that the most important thing about what you wear is that it expresses YOU! I want you to be comfortable and be able to look at your pictures and say "that is so ME." I can tell you what to wear but if you are going to look back and be bummed out that you wore a dress when you are more of a jeans girl, then wear the dang jeans! You will be so glad you did! But if you still are just not sure what to wear, these next 10 tips may be for you!

1. Pick a palette of 3-4 colors before you do anything else! This will give you options, especially if you are trying to dress a whole family. Everyone will be able to express their own personal style within the color palette. Do you want blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, or maybe even all black? Once you pick your colors then you can start thinking about patterns!

2. It's okay to mix solids and patterns! For example, if your husband is wearing a tan and olive green flannel, maybe you pick a solid olive green shirt for your son! Pull solid colors from the patterns that you pick and everything will still flow. BUT, not everyone needs to be wearing the same colors, they just need to coordinate! So don't feel like you need to dress your daughter in olive green too. You could put her in a cute maroon dress. This is where your color palette of 3-4 colors that you choose will come in handy!

3. For those of you who are afraid of patterns - keep it simple with neutrals - grays, tans, creams, and whites. It is hard to go wrong with a cotton t-shirts and jeans. Throw on your vans, a beanie, and some ripped jeans and call it a day. There is nothing wrong with keeping it casual, especially if you are doing some sort of in-home or newborn session. Stay comfy! 

4. Wear something comfortable if you want to be able to move around and be candid! I always take a couple posed photos, but I really like to get you moving and capture the real moments! High heels and a short skirt may not always be the best option for fun candid photos! 

5. Add a pop of color with some neutrals. Its okay to put your significant other in a bright color if you are wearing all white. Make if fun and bright if that is your style! 

6. Don't be afraid to add accessories and layers! Add a cute hat or throw on a vest! Layers add dimension and visual interest to your photos.

7. Most people think they have to wear something tight and fitting to their body (which is great too) but sometimes loose and flowy adds movement to the photo. A long flowy dress blowing in the wind on the beach may be the look you want to go for. 

8. Think about your location! Most people don't picture themselves in front of their picture location, but it is more important than you think. What are the colors? What feel does it give? 

9. This next tip is not about the clothes you have on, but to encourage you to include something in the pictures that expresses your relationship! You pictures should be unique to your personality. Do you like to eat pizza? Bring a pizza. Do you like to drink beer together? Bring beer. Do you like to have campfires? Lets make a campfire. Do you like to skateboard? Bring your skateboard. You get the idea. Lets make it happen. 


10. Send pictures of your outfits to your photographer! They want to help you. They can give you suggestions of what to add or take away! Don't shy away from asking for help. 

Want to see real examples?

Head to my pinterest page to see how couples and families mix colors, patterns, layers, and accessories!

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