Parents often ask me for advice on how to dress their children for portraits. As a mother of three, I totally understand how stressful it may seem to choose just the right outfit for photos. But I am here to say: it does not need to be very complicated at all!
The best outfits are very simple and plain. Dressing your kids in simple, classic clothing allows the focus of the photograph to be on their expressions and personality, rather than their clothes.
I always recommend muted or neutral solid colors (think navy, cream, gray, olive green, light pink), and simple/classic patterns and materials (stripes, polka dots, plaid, denim, seersucker, cable knits). Even a plain white t-shirt can look nice and clean and classic. Clothing with logos, bright or neon colors, or busy patterns are not recommended.
Texture adds a layer of simple visual interest to your outfit, especially if you are sticking to neutral colors. One way to add texture to your outfit is to choose fabrics like wool, chambray, lace, cable knits, and tweed.
The most important thing you can do is be sure your child’s face is as clean and moisturized as possible, as this is where the focus of their photos will be. Keep their hair as natural as possible as well, no accessories are needed!
The best thing to keep in mind when dressing your children is that these portraits are meant to be classic and timeless. So you will want to dress them in a way that is classic and timeless as well!
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