DANIELLE DOBSON - LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
It’s been a while since I’ve shared my top tips for dressing for a family shoot, but what better time for a little refresher than with the incredible England family. Kristen and her crew were honestly dressed to perfection – complimentary tones, a touch of pattern for visual interest, and total comfort for play and adventure.
There’s no need for long flowy dresses either, I promise! If it doesn’t feel like you, you don’t have to wear it. Kristen rocked a pair of pants and boots and looked a million bucks. You do you and your joy and personality will shine through!!
Comfort and personality are just a couple of the key things you should think about when choosing what to wear for your session though. Here’s a quick recap of some of the other things to consider.
I love to get my couples to stick with neutral tones and choose outfits in similar shades of the same colour. Browns, tans, mustards, olive, creams or whites.
Chunky knits, lovely light linens, flowy patterned dresses. Repetition is key here – everyone doesn’t need to be wearing the exact same outfit, but similarities in materials will make it all feel like one perfect little picture.
The most important point, comfort! The way you dress should make you feel comfortable and relaxed enough to move freely and enjoy the time you spend with your little (or growing!) fam.
Be you! The last thing I want is for you to feel like you have to rush out and get a whole new wardrobe just to fit in with what you think you should look like on camera. Dress in something you LOVE and I promise you it will show.
Blankets, baby wraps, linen sheets, greenery, picnic rugs, all of the things! These are all wonderful places to start when taking inspiration for your colour and texture choices.
Lastly, where are we shooting?! Can we play on the sandy tones of our beautiful coastline, or perhaps the lush and grassy meadows dotted with wildflowers? Or are we shooting at your home where you have a beautifully coloured couch/rug/piece of art? Think about your environment and what elements you can pick up and accentuate in your clothing choices.
I’ve also got a comprehensive client guide (that all my lovely families / couples get as soon as they book!) that details everything you need to know about what to wear to your session. And don’t forget my client wardrobe for mums and bubs too!
If you have any questions or concerns (or just want to trade outfit advice!) you can hit me up anytime.