What to wear?

This is a question I get often. What do we wear?

Capturing cherished moments through fine art photography is a delightful way to preserve the essence of childhood and family bonds. One crucial aspect of creating timeless and stunning photographs is wardrobe styling. In this guide, we'll explore some valuable tips and tricks for wardrobe styling for children and families, specifically tailored for an Autumn Calvert art photoshoot.*

Embrace the web

Pinterest and Google image searches are a treasure trove of wardrobe styling ideas for family photoshoots. Search "fine art portrait wardrobe ideas," or "fine art portraits." Create a private board and start pinning outfits that catch your eye.

Look for pins that resonate with my artistic style – warm, soulful, and capturing the beauty of life's simplest joys. If you have booked a session or painting with me, you will be invited to a private Pinterest board with all my favorite looks!

Complimentary Color Families

Opt for color families that complement each other rather than matching everyone's outfits precisely.

Combinations like deep red with olive green, mustard yellow with burnt orange, and rustic brown with cream can create a harmonious and visually appealing group photo.

Coordinate without being matchy-matchy

Ensure that the outfits chosen for each family member coordinate with the overall color scheme while still allowing individual personalities to shine through. Mix patterns and textures, but avoid overwhelming designs that can distract from the subjects.

Comfort is Key

Children can be fidgety during photoshoots, so prioritize comfort when selecting their clothing.

Soft, breathable fabrics and well-fitting outfits will allow them to move freely and enjoy the experience.

Layers and Accessories

Dressing in layers adds depth to the photographs. Consider adding scarves, cardigans, hats, and boots to the outfits for a cozy and stylish look. Flowers or heirloom pieces work beautifully in fine art portraits, too.

Timeless and Classic Styles

Fine art aims to create timeless pieces of art, so choose clothing styles that won't go out of fashion quickly. Classic outfits like simple dresses, button-up shirts, and well-tailored pants will stand the test of time.

Avoid Logos and Busy Prints

Logos and busy prints can be distracting and take the focus away from the subjects.

Opt for solid colors or subtle patterns that enhance the aesthetic of the photographs.

Individual Expression

Allow each family member, especially children, to incorporate elements that reflect their individuality.

Personal touches like a favorite accessory or a cherished item can make the photographs even more meaningful.

Hair and Makeup

For family members who choose to wear makeup, encourage natural and light looks that enhance their features. Keep hairstyles simple and elegant, allowing the focus to remain on the faces and emotions captured in the photos.

Rehearsal Photoshoot

Before the actual fine art photoshoot, consider doing a rehearsal with the chosen outfits.

This will allow you to assess how well the colors and styles complement each other and make any necessary adjustments. It will also provide you with insight into how your children feel in the clothing and adjust as necessary.

In conclusion, wardrobe styling is a vital component of a successful fine art photoshoot, particularly when it involves children and families. By embracing the web, using complimentary color families, coordinating outfits, prioritizing comfort, and adding layers and accessories, you can create stunning photographs that will last a lifetime. Remember, the key is to allow individual expression while maintaining a timeless and classic style that will evoke cherished memories for years to come. Have fun!