The biggest question that we get from customers is “What should we wear for our session?” Here is a little bit of information that will help you decide what is best for you.

Disclaimer:  These are only suggestions; ultimately, you are in charge of what you wear for your session.

Consider the following things before deciding:

The babies.  Give your kids options for what they want to wear.  If they are happy with “their” choices, they will be much happier at the session.  Also, bring snacks or bottles for the little ones in between takes.

Colors.  The “twin” look went out in the 90’s.  Mix and match your colors and use color families (example, lights and darker shades of the same color).

Body Type.  There is nothing wrong with doing a little research on what will flatter your particular body type.  Dress according to what fits well and looks good on you.

Styles.  Make sure that your styles match.  If she is wearing a nice dress, guys should look a little nicer as well.  If girls are wearing a funky jean outfit, guys should maybe go for funky accessories to match.  Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. 

Patterns.  Keep patterns simple.  Dark solid colors are flattering and a little bit of pattern added goes a long way.

Fit.  Fitted clothing are better.  Clothes that fit poorly or baggy will make you appear bigger and you will look messy or not pulled together.

Layers.  For urban/downtown sessions, you will want to layer outfits.  Examples:

Guys:  Nice dark jeans, cool shoes, collared shirt and loose tie.  Girls:  Jeans, dressy top, color or patterns, funky jewelry and heels or cute shoes.

Pizzazz.  You can jazz up your outfit with hip jewelry, cute purses, and spunky heels.  (If wearing heels, bring comfortable shoes to change into for walking).

Location.  Make sure your outfits work for your chosen location.  You want to dress according to your location and session style.

Variety.  Make sure you bring several different outfits so that you can change for the specific location.  2 – 3 outfits is best depending on time and location.

What Not to Wear:

  • Tops with big logos or a lot of writing, keep it clean and classy.
  • Shirts with short hemlines and mid-drifts.  Dress for your shape.
  • Super short mini skirts
  • Exact matching outfits, look coordinated – not matching.  For an engagement session, white shirts and jeans are boring, add some color and pop to your selections so that your personalities will shine through!

Other ideas: 

A fun way to add spice to your sessions is to bring props.  Some fun ideas include:

  • Sunglasses
  • A “Thank You” or “Save the Date” sign on poster board or other material.
  • Musical Instruments
  • Balloons
  • Hats
  • Cool couch or chair
  • If your kids are into super heroes, let them bring the capes…
  • Any other items that are special to you.

Hair and Makeup:

Your hair and makeup should be done for your sessions!!

Here are tips if you are doing it yourself:

Go heavier on your cheeks, eyes, and lips than normal.   Make up looks more toned down in photos so if you want it to stand out in photos, you will need to go “slightly” heavier and use colors with a little more pop.

Stick to matte make-ups.  Shiny, glittery, or shimmery makeup can make you appear oily or spotty in a photo.  Use matte finish powders and eye shadows for flawless looking skin.

Always set your makeup with a powder finish.

Fake eyelashes can add instant pop to eyes.  Do not overdo them; you do not want to look like TFB.


The most important thing is that you are comfortable in the clothes.  It will show in the photos if you are not comfortable.  You need to be able to sit, jump, bend, stand, and lay down in your clothes.