{ What to wear } – Metro Detroit Photographer

May 3, 2018

I know some of us stress out over what to wear in photos.  Please don’t.  I will help you.  

This guide will help you plan and if in doubt, I have a stylist who can offer her services.  You can also check outStyle & Select”  to customize your style.  

You don’t have to be a fashionista but you DO have to try. Even just a little bit of trying will honestly take your photos from blah to RAH!

Don’t Stress!!!  If you don’t have time to think about it or just need someone to tell you what to wear, text me (586) 604-5561.  I love to help pick outfits.

Whatever you do, just don’t do these. Read on…

  • 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.
  • NO jeans! Babies don’t wear jeans.
  • NO to matchy-matchy. A group of people in all the exact same outfit.
  • NO to wrinkled clothing.  PLEASE iron.
  • NO to loose clothing especially on babies.
  • NO to everyone in the same color.

Read on for all the ways you can nail your outfits on picture day!

Best Michigan Family Photographer | Genevieve DeVries
Best Michigan Family Photographer | Genevieve DeVries

If you can, invest in a new outfit, a new accessory to getting your hair/makeup done. Getting your hair and/or makeup always makes a girl feel extra pretty and that goes a LONG way in your finished product.

Best Michigan Family Photographer | Genevieve DeVries


{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!

Senior GIRLS style guide


senior GUYS style guide


Style & Select has a great, simple guide that can help you too.  Just in case you want to more

Lena Porter is a stylist in Plymouth that I’ve worked with and hear great things from.

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