What to Wear: Tips for Selecting Your Wardrobe | Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

A lot of people ask what they should wear to their photo session?  After all, these photographs will become a staple in your family frames and albums for years to come.  Choosing timeless, yet appropriate attire will lend to the positive outcome of your photo shoot.

If it’s an indoor session, choosing soft, warm colors can be very pleasing to the lens. Outdoors, you can opt for bolder colors, earth tones or contrasting, such as big stripes paired with a solid color. Pinstripes or small dots generally do not photography well. Wearing accessories can add a nice touch, but try to avoid accessories that are too big as they may overshadow your face.

Here are some general tips to follow for selecting your wardrobe:

  • Choose soft colors, such as pink, light blue, lavender, yellow, etc. for dreamy looks 
  • Choose bold colors such as red, black, dark blue, purple or orange for dramatic looks
  • Minimal accessories are best, as too big or too many can detract from the image
  • For children, bring outfits that have a lot of creativity behind them. They can be fun, layered looks, sporty, textures (tutus and ruffles for girls look so cute!), jeans, khakis, sweaters, skirts, dresses, etc. “Sunday” wear dress code works well.
  • Avoid character t-shirts, shirts with sayings, etc.
  • Don’t forget the shoes and socks. Men, avoid wearing white socks with dress shoes. Make sure your shoes are clean, not raggedy or muddy. Barefoot photos can also be fun! For the women, boots, heels, sandals or dress shoes look great.

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer located in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also has a studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To book your next photo session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

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The Simplicity of Clothing Choices ~ North Oaks Minnesota Family Photographer

I wanted to tell you that picking out clothes for your portrait session should be fun and stress free!  Yes that’s right!  Ideally you should start with a color scheme that I like to say “matches the couch”  What does this mean?  Pick a color scheme that coordinates with your home decor, so when you get your prints you can hang them all over the place and they will blend perfectly with your walls.  Is this super important?  NOPE!  Is this wonderfully ideal? Sure, but it really doesn’t matter; what’s most important is that you start with one piece of clothing you love and coordinate around that piece.  Like most times I find some adorable dress or outfit for my daughter and I just coordinate the rest of us with her.  But this past spring I had a dress that I loved wearing and when I found the perfect spot for spring pictures I took that dress and walked to everyone’s closet to find what would coordinate.  My son already had something but my daughter and hubby needed something new.  So I just went to Target because I knew they just needed something plain.  BOOM within two days I styled us up and had our session.

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Seriously how cute are we? See how my dress is adorable and everyone else just coordinates? Perfect family images! hehe


For timeless images, I suggest loose fitting solid colors, avoiding busy patterns or logos/words. Jeans, overalls, sun/slip dresses and khakis are classics and photograph well. I especially like boys in jeans and girls in simple sundresses.

For trendier and more modern images, I recommend having textures whether it be hats or other accessories such as scarves or funky belts. If children are being photographed together, clothes that are similar in style give a more coordinated look. Consider dressing in the color white sparingly, for this color often reflects light strongly.

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How adorable are these guys? You know what mom did? She took them to The Gap and told them to pick out whatever they wanted for the photo session. You know why that works? 1) they loved what they were wearing 2) Pretty much everything in Gap for kids will coordinate with each other (you can do this in other stores like Janie & Jack or Gymboree as well) and 3) Because of reason 1 and 2 we had one of the best sessions because kids were happy which then made mom and dad happy! Win win! And seriously Gap you should be calling me to get the modeling information on these handsome guys.


I highly suggest clothing for each family member that has the same tone, not necessarily the same color.

extended family clothing choices

When we met my hubby’s family up in Tahoe we all knew we wanted to get an extended family picture so we made it easy and just told everyone to bring something navy, grey or white with them. It worked out perfectly.


Bare skin or a tightly fitted onsie is my favorite on newborns and babies. You may have other clothes to put on baby, but keep in mind; baby may get grouchy when there are too many clothing changes. Diaper covers are a great idea too!

Clothing choices for photography sessions mQn Photography

I suggest showing me a few outfits that you are considering and allowing me to help you make the final choice on what would best suit the look and feel you are going for in your child’s portraits.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  When she’s not photographing children and their families or volunteering photographing NICU babies, she dresses her kids in ridiculous outfits and takes pictures of them.

What to Wear ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Is it Spring yet?  I definitely have spring fever!  For those who have spring seasons scheduled I wanted to post a little “what to wear” guide.  I know these are fun to get inspiration from OR if you see something on here you like then send me an e-mail and I’ll be sure to send you the link to where you can purchase online!  So here’s to a little color hopefully coming soon!

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