Photoshoot

Style Guide



Who doesn't love a good outfit?! When you choose an outfit, you love and feel good in, you will LOVE your images even more! I have several resources to help you find and coordinate outfits to save you stress and time. Along with this style guide to give you tips on what to wear and what not to wear, as well as my interactive style guide, Style & Select.


Style & Select is an interactive & shoppable styling resource that shows you hundreds of photo worthy tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories pulled in from well-known retailers to give clients an easier way to figure out what to wear. You just pick your favorites and shop from the Style Board Email. If you have something you have found online or that you love in your own closet, feel free to upload an image into the custom upload button so you can see how it coordinates with the rest of the families' selections.


Once you have selected your favorites, you can them email yourself the styling board and you will have links directly to the retailer for purchasing. I will receive a copy of your results so I can assist with any changes or give you advice. Check out instructions on how to further utilize Style & Select and some tips on styling below.

How to utilize Style & Select

Step One


  • Use my personal styling link and enter the styling code: to access the styling questionnaire.

https://styleandselect.com/p/Studio13Twelve

  • The link will take you to my landing page where you will enter your styling code and then begin following the steps to answer the questionnaire.
  • You will decide how many people you will be styling and choosing your color combinations.


Step Two


  • The results page is where the fun begins! This is where you will see the results of each person in the session and can toggle between each one to select coordinating outfits.
  • If you need extra help, you can click the "?" at the bottom of the page and it will guide you.
  • The shopping cart icon takes you to the retailer's site to make sure the size you need is available.
  • The heart icon under each item is to select your favorites. Once favorites are selected, it will display on the style board. You can remove and replace items as you go through the process.
  • You can view other options with the "edit questionnaire" button to change the color combination or style vibe.


Step Three


  • Once you have finished selecting your favorites and are happy with your choices, you can click "send selected items" and email yourself your style board and I will receive a copy as well.
  • Style & Select is updated daily and sold-out items are deleted weekly, so there is no guarantee that your favorited items will be available in days to come. It is best to style and purchase any items you love on the same day.


Helpful Styling Tips


  • Accessories: Jewelry, Hats, Suspenders, Knee high socks, cardigans, vests and hair bows can add layers and help coordinate across multiple people.
  • Multiple Colors: Choose 2-3 color palette in the same tone and sprinkle in some neutrals to avoid matching.
  • Patterns & Textures: Don't be afraid to mix patterns such as florals and stripes, or plaids and polka dots. Adding in textures such as velvet, lace, crochet, corduroy can also add visual interest.
  • Colored Pants: If you are going for an all-neutral look, or earth tones, blue denim jeans can throw off the entire look. Instead, use complimentary chinos such as olive, burgundy, khaki, grey, etc.
  • Outfits with movements: Outfits that can be flowy and show a lot of movement for the girls can create magical images. Stay away from stiff and tight fabrics. Flowy maxi dresses and skirts are great options. If you want more casual, wide leg pants, colored trouser pants, or shorter dresses can be an option.
  • Flattering Fits: Accentuate what you love and don't hide your entire body. Shift dresses can create unflattering illusions, instead select a flowy wrap maxi that accentuates your curves without being too form fitting.

Things to Avoid


You and your family are the main focus of the session. So, avoid these following things that can be distracting and unflattering:

  • Bright Neon Colors: Neon colors can be distracting and unflattering and cause colors to cast onto your skin.
  • Athletic Tennis Shoes: Dress the part from head to toe. If you have amazing outfits, but your child is wearing tennis shoes with bright neon colors, it can throw off the entire look. Instead, choose Sperry's, booties, or a neutral-colored sandal.
  • Large Logos: Logos can be distracting.
  • Everyone in jeans: Change it up with different colors or styles of pants.
  • Loud Patterns: They are often too distracting. Do not take away from the main focus; YOU!
  • Don't overly match: Coordinate instead. Choosing several colors instead of only two will allow you to tie in more variety.
  • Avoid too much Black: The photo loses depth if everyone is in all black. Choose other colors such as tans, greys, or ivories to break up the black.
  • Same patterns: Don't mix the same pattern twice. ie: all boys in plaid, all girls in floral. Mix a pattern with a different pattern. (stripes & florals)

Remember, photos should be fun and timeless.

Which means your outfits should be too!


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More outfit Tips


  • Steam or iron your outfits- no wrinkles!
  • For in-home sessions, I would try not to wear black – lint, dog hair, etc. sticks to and shows easily on black!
  • Make sure everything fits- do not wait until day of to try on outfits (I have done this with my own, not the best move 🤣).
  • I LOVE hats- but definitely be prepared to take some with and without so we can see your face.
  • Little girl dresses- add bloomers/diaper covers or biker type shorts for older girls, I’ve seen many Elsa undies show up in photos!
  • Men’s shoes- try not to wear regular sneaks or flip flops.
  • Newborns – tiny nylon style bows look great on tiny newborn heads! (Etsy has a ton of these)
  • Newborns look great in plain onesies/swaddles/gowns- if you have an outfit you love, make sure it fits before your photos.

WHAT NOW?!


Congrats! You’ve made it to the end of the page! Now what? Have questions? Ready to book? Let’s do this!