What To Wear To Your Chicago Photography Session

April 21, 2017

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I’ve been photographing families in Chicago for six years now, and at every session, I’m asked what to wear. I have put together a few different resources to help my clients select appropriate clothing for their session that they will feel great in and will equally be flattering in front of the lens. Below is a post dedicated to clothing recommendations based on session type. Feel free to always reference my pinterest page for additional suggestions – I try to update it constantly with fresh ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/mbphoto3/boards/

Lifestyle Newborn Session

These sessions take place in client homes. They are natural and organic in nature, and that should also be reflected in the clothing choices. I typically recommend setting up in the master bedroom, living room and nursery if possible. Neutral clothing works best as the baby should be the star of this session, and we don’t want him/her to get lost behind busy patterns chosen in clothing. Moms have just given birth, so they will want to choose something comfortable and something that fits. It is okay to put your maternity jeans back on! Usually maternity clothing is more flattering than trying to squeeze back into your pre-pregnancy clothing. Even the tiniest person cannot do that successfully a week after giving birth.

Textures, flowy tops and layering are all things to consider. Please avoid lots of bright color, patterns on multiple subjects and logos of any kind. Again, the focus should be on this new gorgeous baby and the relationship your family has in the comfort of home. Please note that sometimes the tiny gingham pattern in male shirts can photography “swirly”. Please avoid tiny checks, or put a solid sweater over the top of your shirt. Black is often a color I suggest NOT selecting, unless B&W imagery is preferred.

a newborn session in the home of the client

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Studio Newborn Session

Similar to lifestyle sessions, neutral clothing is recommended in the studio. You want to make sure that your clothes are form fitting for the most flattering photos. Again, you’ve just had a baby, so wear something you are comfortable in. Textures photograph beautifully, as does a monogrammatic palate. Black clothing works best for B&W imagery, but can be a bit restricting.

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Mini Milestone Studio Session

In the studio, less is more. Especially if your child is less than a year, dress them like a baby! Their infancy is such a short time in their life, so celebrate their tininess, and avoid dressing them like big humans. Onesies, rompers, diaper covers, birthday suit and summer dresses all are excellent choices. If you just can’t resist that bowtie, save it for the end of the session.

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Outdoor Family Sessions

During the months of May-October, most of my time is spent outside, documenting families around the Chicagoland area. Here is where we can get creative with the wardrobe! I like to dress for the season, and choose a palate that compliments the background of our location. In the autumn months, jewel tones with lots of texture. In the spring, pastel and softer clothing. In the summer, bring on the vibrant color! Feel free to mix patterns, play with color and textures and always layer, layer, layer. A fun hat can be a great accessory. Necklaces also add wonderful variety, as long as you don’t have a little one that will eat it every time they are held. I suggest picking a palate of 3-4 colors to work off of that complement each other, and start with the adults. Children are easier to dress 🙂

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