Accessories are just what an outfit needs to take it from drab to fab. Don't limit yourself to jewelry when you think about accessories. Add jewelry, hats, headbands, or scarves to switch it up. Remember that less is more when it comes to accessorizing. Too many accessories, especially if they are big and bright, can overwhelm a photo and take the focus off what is really important - you and your family!
Layers offer different options for your photos. You can put on and take off layers for different looks in each photo, and layers add a nice bit of color variation. Different fabrics and can give texture to a photo. Look for pieces of clothing with small embroidered details, lace pieces, ruffles, and other fun textures. These types of different textures show up well in black and white photos and give a pop of personality to each photo.
Don't overlook shoes when doing your outfit planning. A pair of shoes that doesn't fit in with the rest of a photo can detract from the picture. For women, ballet flats complement nearly every outfit. Choosing a pair of flats that fit in with the color scheme is a great way to make a photo look great and add a burst of color. Shoes, when matched with accessories that other subjects in the photo are wearing, can tie a photo together. This creates a unified feel in a portrait.
As you plan out a portrait session, remember to think about where and how pictures will be displayed. If you are planning on displaying photos in your living room wall, tie the colors and setup of your photos to the color scheme of the room. Photos that will go up in a child's room can reflect the fun, playful spirit of children and capture the age of your children.
As you plan your portrait session outfits, keep the location in mind. You want the clothing choices and the photo setting to complement each other. You also want to make sure that the colors and patterns you choose fit well in the environment you've selected. If a person's clothing is the same color as the background, she may blend in. If you need help selecting a location, feel free to shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me via the contact me page on my website. I have a whole list of locations that I can recommend.
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