It can be hard to decide what to wear to a photo shoot. We think your pictures should be a true reflection of your personality so the most important thing is that you pick something in which you feel comfortable and can be yourself. Here are a few tips to help you look your best:

Families and couples: coordinating, but not matching

The simpler the better. Try to keep the number of different colours down to three or four. Colours should be similar, but not exactly matching on every family member.

Similar or complimentary colour tones and fabrics work well. For example, all the colours could be bright, or all subtle. If you have time and the inclination, lay all the clothes out on a bed, and see if anything stands out as not fitting in.

Colours that compliment your skin tones, hair and eye colour are fabulous; for example, a T-shirt with blue tones on a kid with bright blue eyes.

It will look better if you are in the same style – all dressy or all casual.

A single family member wearing a white shirt or dress when everyone else is wearing colours will make that person stand out more in the photo, so this is best avoided.

Bare feet in family shoots are great – again helps to keep things simple and casual!

Individuals and Kids: think texture & personality

Bold colours and patterns are great, but not logos or cartoon characters – these will draw attention away from you.

Polka dots, stripes, kid- like, cheerful, happy, fun, youthful are all good. Fabrics with lots of texture (sweaters, denim, knits) work well.

Layers add interest and depth to an image, so pair up short/long-sleeved shirts, wear a jacket, put leggings under skirts and dresses.

Simple is good too – a flowing white dress or a white tee and jeans.

Maternity and Babies: from whimsy to au naturale

Maternity clothing works best when it’s bold and fun. A colourful dress, a flowing skirt, jeans with a real waist and unbuttoned, bare belly, bikinis, a brightly patterned top—be daring and feminine. Let me know if you’re interested in tasteful boudoir style images as well.

My littlest clients (babies and toddlers) look best in nothing at all. Textured wraps for newborns are fabulous. For older babies, we can try cute clothes, colourful onesies or even a nappy with a simple cover.