Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair (meaning it will cast a tint ON you!). They’re pretty harsh sometimes. I always recommend versions of primary or pastel colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), blue (navy, royal), light pink, turquoise and even gray!

Steer clear of fluorescents

And make sure they fit well.  Keep in mind that for pictures, too large of a polo shirt, saggy ill-fitting jeans or a jacket that’s falling off the shoulders looks sloppy. Most likely you’ll be purchasing outfits specifically for your session, so choose something that fits perfectly. Make it look almost tailored. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers. A too-big jean jacket will not compliment shape. It hides hips and waist for moms. If you typically wear a size medium jacket, try on the small. Even if it’s just a little snug in the shoulders, it should lay nicely around your hips and waist, creating a tailored look.

Purchase clothes to fit.

especially when having photos taken in grassy/wooded areas.

It’s just too much green.

Green as an accent color is gorgeous, though! You want to stand out amongst all the greenery you’re surrounded by not blend in.

Stay away from wearing a lot of green...

And anything goes nowadays! We already know your family is together. I mean we are photographing you together!

So, wearing the same colored shirt, pants, shoes, etc. looks a bit awkward. Coordinating color is what really brings a wardrobe together. Choose one or two main colors of wardrobe, and add accent colors that coordinate.

Also, mixing stripes with plaids and tweeds is okay!

Expression is important.

I want to see your personality through your wardrobe.

Coordinating is in!

dimension and depth.

In the summer? Layer your dress with a cute belt and pendant necklace.

In the fall and winter? Cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers and the like are amazing!

Layers Add...

If you’re from Florida, you know that it can be rainy and cloudy one minute then later HOT and HUMID in the summer. Winters can be cold in the morning and hot by noon! So, be prepared to be flexible with your wardrobe - just in case you have to switch it up last minute. Add layers if you need to! Plan on tights, boots, scarf, slouchy hat or cardigan to go with that sundress if it's chilly.

Dress appropriately for the weather that day, even if it doesn’t go with your original plan. If your child is sweating profusely in a long sleeved button up shirt during his shoot, he won’t be happy and it’ll reflect in the final images. 

And be flexible!

Wear the right clothes for your body type...

Love Your Body

  • First of all... LOVE YOUR BODY!

  • Ladies (& gentlemen), let’s be honest…most of us have some insecurities about our bodies.  But, my best advice to you is to WORK what you’ve got and love it! Know your body type and what styles will flatter your figure (keep reading for tips relating to your shape). 

  • If you like your legs, show them off! 

  • If you think you’ve lost your waist, try a high waisted pant or a tailored blazer. 


  • Use shirts with a belt or a waist defining element

  • Consider patterns that give the illusion of shape

  • Consider pleats or fabric with shape

Inverted Triangle

  • Avoid ruffles, bright colored tops

  • Avoid no sleeve or spaghetti straps

  • Consider bottom with more shape (vs. skinny jeans)

  • Flared skirts, skirt with movement are perfect!

The Apple

  • Don't wear over-sized clothes or clothes without shape

  • Try to introduce waist by: empire waist, single button jacket or belt at the waist

  • Avoid high necklines

The Pear

  • Brighter colors or details up top

  • Darker colors, plainer at bottom

  • Bare arms/strapless acceptable

  • Avoid side pockets or details at hips/thighs


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Seriously, you deserve it... 

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Ladies, you can not go wrong with a maxi dress!

Add a belt, jacket or scarf and let it flow in the breeze! 

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