Almost everyone that I take photos of asks me one question - what do I/we wear?!
The answer can really be as simple or as complicated as you like. What it boils down to is that I want you to be comfortable. I want you to feel great and be able to move around in what you are wearing.
My second hint: It also helps to be coordinated in your outfits. Now I am not khakis and white t-shirts. Although, there is a time and place for that specific outfit...I think that today you will feel the best if you choose a color scheme and have everyone wear something that coordinates with that.
What do I mean by that, you ask?! Well, let's take for example one of your kids wants to wear a certain piece of clothing. Rather than fight to get said child (big or small ;) ) into a certain style and force them to wear something that they might not want to wear - let your imagination run and use tools like Pinterest to find a coordinating style that can be used for the whole family! Because, let's face it, when everyone is happy in what they are wearing - everyone is more likely to smile for the camera ;) Even if that means a few silly photos!
Ultimately being comfortable helps everyone relax in the moment and have fun with your photos.
Also try to choose a style that compliments your body type. This means don't wear something that is too big or too small for you. This goes for all family members! Accent your best assets! More on this in a later post :)
It's also a good idea to take the season into account. Spring and fall in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (and let's be honest...all year in Wisconsin) can often lead to a myriad of different types of weather - all in one day. So try to plan accordingly and plan in layers. If it might be cooler out (and those of us who are fortunate enough to live by Lake Michigan know it's always cooler by the lake!) plan to have everyone wear at least 2-3 layers so that if the weather shifts, you can take off some of those layers.
And as always - when in doubt, ask your photographer for recommendations! I am always happy to help clients choose a style that fits them!