Evansville, IN Family Photographer - Styling

As an Evansville, IN family photographer, I’m always longing for spring to arrive after what always seems like a never-ending winter. Spring is finally on its way and I am getting so excited to get back outside and photograph some gorgeous families this year! One of the most common questions I get from clients is regarding wardrobe and how to style your family for your session. After investing money into precious memories, you most definitely don’t want to show up feeling or looking like a mismatched group of clowns, or even worse, a totally matchy matchy family (yes, I’m talking jeans and white button up shirts people…RUN). I’m going to be sharing with you what photographs beautifully, what needs to just stay home in the closet, and tips on choosing your style. I hope this helps as you start planning you wardrobe this year. Let’s dive in!

Ashley chose a fun and casual look for their summer session. it was hot and humid, the sun was shining beautifully, and the location was filled with lots of natural elements. Her summer color palette was the perfect contrast to all of the surrounding greens! Her maxi dress flowed perfectly with the breeze, her daughter’s dress had just the right amount of pattern and texture to break up the solids, and Trevor’s blue top added a fun contrasting pop to their look! To me, their look spoke fun, casual, and flirty! Fits them perfectly <3

Ashley chose a fun and casual look for their summer session. it was hot and humid, the sun was shining beautifully, and the location was filled with lots of natural elements. Her summer color palette was the perfect contrast to all of the surrounding greens! Her maxi dress flowed perfectly with the breeze, her daughter’s dress had just the right amount of pattern and texture to break up the solids, and Trevor’s blue top added a fun contrasting pop to their look! To me, their look spoke fun, casual, and flirty! Fits them perfectly <3

1. Finding your style:
The most important step in styling your session is deciding what style you’re envisioning in the first place! What does this mean exactly? You mean I don’t just randomly pick out clothes I think are cute and be done with it? It goes much deeper than that. The wardrobe you choose will completely set the tone and vibe for your session. Believe it or not, wardrobe plays a huge part in telling your family’s story through images! So how do you figure out your style? What I find to be helpful is hopping on Pinterest or looking through magazines to just get inspired. Certain images will speak to you and others won’t. Start some Pinterest boards or jot down ideas of what you see that you like and dislike. This will help tremendously in narrowing down what you are envisioning your session to look like. Don’t choose a style based off of what others like, but what truly speaks to you and your family. Feel free to share your Pinterest board with me, and check mine out for inspiration if you’re stuck

Image by Exhale Photography

Image by Exhale Photography

2. Colors:
You’ve decided on a style, now it’s time to figure out a color scheme. This can be one of the most overwhelming parts of wardrobe planning! Trust me, I know! Last year we had our family photos taken by the lovely Katie Fritz with Exhale Photography (image above) and I cannot explain to you how stressed I was at times just trying to choose the perfect outfits. One of the main reasons I’m writing this blog post for others ;) Again, Pinterest can definitely help with this. However, if you’re the type who would just get overwhelmed by how many choices there are when it comes to color schemes, Pinterest may not be your best friend here. Instead, think about what color you love and is flattering on you (I’m talking to you, mama). From there, create a color palette based off of what looks best with your color. I’ll use my family as an example. This is how I built our wardrobe, starting with my dress. I nailed down our style (classy/romantic). I decided I wanted to wear a burgundy colored dress, so I started building everyone else’s outfits based off of that. I loved Jake in charcoal, so I added gray into the color palette. Next, cream is my dream, so I knew I wanted to incorporate some ivory for the kids to add some contrast to the dark colors Jake and I would be wearing. I added in pops of the same burgundy color in Lily’s bow and Dawson’s undershirt to pull things together. I debated back and forth about what color top Lily should wear, and ended up going with a blush pink to stay within the burgundy/romantic color scheme. I put Jake and Dawson in some khakis to keep the whole feel a little classier and we all wore brown toned shoes to keep it earthy! There ya have it! Once you nail down your style and initial color, things start to flow a lot quicker as you add in pieces.

Olivia chose a beautiful soft pink, blue, and black color palette for their September session. I absolutely loved Olivia’s beautiful long floral dress. It had so much movement, and tied perfectly together with the solid blacks and blues! Her dress is the perfect example of adding a pattern mixed in with solids to add some life and energy to the session.

Olivia chose a beautiful soft pink, blue, and black color palette for their September session. I absolutely loved Olivia’s beautiful long floral dress. It had so much movement, and tied perfectly together with the solid blacks and blues! Her dress is the perfect example of adding a pattern mixed in with solids to add some life and energy to the session.

3. Texture and Accessories
Once you nail down your style and initial color, things start to flow more quickly as you add in pieces. You now can begin thinking about adding in pieces of texture and accessories that will bring visual interest to your photos. An easy way to do this is by choosing different fabrics and finishes on clothing. For example, my dress was a silky fabric without a whole lot of extra texture going on. To add some dimension I made sure Jake’s sweater wasn’t just solid, but had some little hints of spotted light grays. I had Lily wear some adorable hand-made bloomers over her knit tights. They were adorned with lace accents and leather ties to add a little bit of vintage flair. I loved that her bloomers added some pattern to the whole ensemble to break up some of the solid colors! For Dawson’s sweater I looked for one with some detail and design. It was a super soft wool that looked and felt so cozy! I’m not a huge jewelry person, but sometimes small accent pieces can really pull a look together. I opted for some small ivory colored earrings to tie in with Dawson and Lily’s outfits, and a dainty rose gold necklace since I was wearing an off-shoulder dress. The necklace helped add some detail! You can find texture and accessories in so many ways! Hats, suspenders, hair pieces, cardigans, layers, etc. Find pieces with lots of detail and dimension and make sure to stick to your initial style.

I hope this was helpful for you! Always remember that I am just a quick text, call, or email away and am more than willing to help you choose the best wardrobe for your family. If you found this helpful, let me know! Share with your friends. Have any specific questions about styling and wardrobe? Let me know. I’d love to answer <3

Check back soon for my list of things to avoid when it comes to wardrobe and styling for your family session.

Love to you all,

Kristen