Style Tips: for her
Don't be Afraid to Dress it up! Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body - especially on camera. I recommend avoiding pants or shorts of your session, and saying yes to a dress instead! Long, full-length flowy dresses and skirts look amazing in images because they bring extra movement to the photos, especially when juxtaposed with nature. Floor length dresses or skirts are great if you're sitting or crouching closer to the ground to interact with your little ones, make moving around much easier and look perfect on camera.
Choosing Colors When choosing colors for your outfits, look for softer tones and more muted shades. Avoiding ultra-bright, bold or neon colors helps bring all the attention to your faces and lets the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather grey, creams, leather brown and white. Darker blues, greys and browns are also a wonderful option, especially in the fall and winter months. This softer palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
Flattering Your Features In my experience, every woman, regardless of her shape, has an area of her body that she is self conscious about, so recognizing that area in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you'll love the way you look in your photos! Three-quarter length sleeves have an awesome slimming effect on arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You can also bring along a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan. Skinny straps or strapless dresses can have the opposite effect on the arms on camera. When it comes to shoes, heels elongate your legs, making them look fabulous. If the location is more natural, wedges are a great option. Quick Tip: Bring a set of flats to wear when moving from place to place - your feet will thank you later!
Make a statement Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can help bring some extra dimension to your images, and be a nice tie-in when you're coordinating with a group. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photos, while smaller, more delicate ones will not be as noticeable. Belts, bracelets and earrings bring great visual interest, so choose one or two that don't compete for attention.
Hair & Makeup Professional hair and makeup looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. This is the time to treat yourself! Whether it's lash extensions or blown-out hair, professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and always photographs like a dream. If you choose to work with a makeup artist, have her apply your makeup in natural light, if possible, so it looks fresh and not too heavy. If it's not in the budget or schedule to go get pampered, no worries! Treat yourself to an in-home facial and hair mask (maybe even a bath!) a few days beforehand. If you usually wear your makeup simple and natural, great! Adding just a little more can help it show up perfectly on camera, and little things like remembering mascara, or a touch of eyeliner will really help your eyes pop. If you normally rock your makeup big and bold, awesome! Just do your thing!