{ What to wear } – Metro Detroit Photographer

{ SOME DOS AND DON’TS (but more dos) }


don’t don’t don’t 

  • You don’t need to be a fashionista.
  • You don’t need to have champagne taste.
  • You don’t need to be an ‘IT’ girl.
  • You just need to put some thought and care into it. Doing so will honestly take your photos from blah to RAH!
  • NO logo wording on clothing. No “GAP,” “Old Navy,” or “POLO” splashed in huge letters across a shirt.
  • NO to little newborn babies in starchy, frilly, or detailed outfits. And no jeans! Babies don’t wear jeans.
  • NO to matchy-matchy. A group of people in all the exact same outfit is boring to the camera.

Don’t mind if you DO

  • YES to timeless and classic. This includes:
    • Please iron your clothes, iron everyones clothes.  Please, pretty please with a cherry on top.
    • Simple dresses
    • button downs
    • baby rompers
    • pea coats
    • khakis
    • v-necks
    • cardigans
    • ballet flats
    • brown knee high boots
    • scarves
    • blazers
    • fedoras
  • YES to trendy items.  – But keep them small, like accents and if possible, keep them timeless, too — like animal prints, military-inspired pieces, sequins, wrap dresses, patterned clothing, little black dresses,
  • YES to mixing it up with different patterns  – Checks, plaids, stripes are all okay! Keep them on a smaller scale if you are trying to style a group. You don’t want loud patterns to take attention away from anyone but play with the large scaled patterns if you are trying to make a funky, loud, and colorful portrait of an individual!
  • YES to clothing that fits, especially newborn
  • YES some sort of undergarment covering up diapers and underwear on little girls wearing skirts or dresses.
  • YES to texture – Think angora, chiffon, suede, leather, tweeds, and wool.


{Individuals}-  More than anything else, I recommend wearing something that you are confident in, something you know you look good in.  Pic a color palette that you love and play off of that.  I love the look of layers, accessories and complimentary colors.   If you’re not sure about layers and accessories, just bring them with you in a bag to your session and I’ll help you decide.   Staying away from specific colors is important too.  Stay away from really bright (muted or in a pattern is fine) Orange, yellow & neon colors.  Make sure that everything you put on is ironed and don’t forget the shoes, wear a nice pair that you love.



{Individual Children} This is an opportunity for your child to shine! I recommend bare feet for indoors and boots, shoes or sandals that compliment their outfit for outside.  Clothing that has texture, such as knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, and ruffles photographs really well.  It’s hard for kidos to look bad so they can get away with a lot.   A cute hat can go a long way on  little boy and a pretty patterned dress with a stylish jacket can add a lot of visual interest.  If you need advice, text me a a few pics with your outfit options and I’ll help you decide.



{Siblings} It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy. I recommend picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The more layers, textures and colors, the better. Pick colors that compliment each other and then go with different shades of that. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple, turquoise, dark pink, etc.) or muted colors like gray with blues and greens.  Stay away from all white or everyone wearing the same exact colors.



{Families} –  Choose a style and a few colors that you love and set that as the base theme. I recommend having the parents dress fashionable, yet simple and focus more of the funky, unique style on the kids. If you have 5 people all dressing with a lot of layers and accessories it can be too much so make sure you don’t overdo it.  Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to wear a print, stay away from small prints and not a lot of visual interest (think bold!). Continue to think about texture and color. You may think that certain colors don’t go together, but again think out of the box and have fun!

I do recommend investing in a new outfit for the session since it does make a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques for outfits with style that stay true to who you and your family are.  When in doubt, ask the photographer, that’s what they’re there for and don’t forget to enjoy the process.