REBECCA BOND STYLING GUIDE
Your session is fast approaching. You have either been planning your wardrobe since before you booked and are over-the-top excited or it's last minute, and your stomach drops every time you begin to think about what to wear. I mean, naked is not an option. What do you do? Where do you even start?
The good news is, you are not alone! Whether you already have it figured out or are on the struggle bus—I'm here to help you!
Inside this simple guide, you will find my favorite places to shop (so you can shop there too!), beautiful color palettes, and quick tips for pairing articles of clothing. I have included lots of beautiful images from past sessions, that I hope will inspire and aid you in picking garments and accessories that really lets your personal style shine.
As your photographer, it is my personal goal to help you style this session to bring out your personal best and make you feel amazing (and comfortable) on your special day.
This session is all about you.
- SESSION TYPE- First, consider the type of session you booked. Is it maternity, engagement, family or an in-home lifestyle session? You are going to need something different depending on which session you book. If you booked a maternity session, for example, you may want to choose a garment that showcases your beautiful belly or you may want to dress for comfort.
- YOUR PERSONALITY- These images are meant to be a strong reflection of your personality. You need to feel comfortable in your own sin. I want you to feel amazing on your day. Wearing something wildly outside of your normal style, may not be the way to go, as it can make you feel uncomfortable and camera shy. Help you, help yourself.
- HOME DECOR- These images need to be hung all over your walls. They really need to suit your taste and style in decorating. The best way to do this is to really compliment the color scheme in your own home. The more neutral your home is, the more color you can get away with. If you have very specific colors throughout though, you are going to want to plan for that.
- LOCATION MATTERS- You want to find harmony in the style of your location and the clothing you wear. For example, if you are shooting in an urban location with a busy setting, bolder colors and something a bit more funky will help tie it all together.
COMFORT- Dress children cute, but comfy. If a child is wearing uncomfortable shoes or an itchy outfit-plan to hear about it all session long!
PLAY WITH PATTERNS
This is one of the best ways to really add some character to your outfits! Skip the plain-Jane solid t-shirts and spring for patterns! Feel free to mix them up with animals, zig-zags, stripes, floral, etc. You don't all have to wear patterns, but it's super fun to throw in a few patterns in there to mix it up!
Happy colors in photos make me happy! They bring out the liveliness of your family and all the warmth that comes with it. Dare to stand out and draw people in with the colors you use in your outfits. One thing to keep in mind when using colors. Avoid neon colors at all costs. Don't wear anything too vivid or neon as it will cast colors on your skin that aren't very appealing. But don't let that hold you back from going bold!
Mix and match textures to add some eye-candy to your photos! Some super awesome ways you can add texture are with lace, knit, ruffles, tweed, tulle, etc.
Try to have every member of the family wearing different types of pants if possible. Mix up colors and materials. Try having one person in jeans, someone in khakis, someone in colored pants, someone in a dress, etc. It helps keep each person looking unique - and it adds a variety of colors/materials! Try to do this with shirts, too!
There's something so whimsical about a flowy dress in photos. I always highly suggest that moms wear dresses or skirts because it just adds another layer of dreaminess to the wardrobe. If you have daughters, skirts or dresses with leggings are adorable on little girls!
One of my favorite things for clients to do with their wardrobes is layering it up! If it's cold, try button-up shirts under sweaters, scarves, or even cute (tight-fitting) jackets. If it's warm, try lace cardigans, knit cardigans, or vests.
ACCESSORIES & SHOES
Some of the most overlooked parts of an outfit are the shoes & accessories. An old pair of tennis shoes can easily ruin an outfit. I suggest over-accessorizing with jewelry, cute hates (not baseball LOL), suspenders, ties, headbands, floral head wreaths, an stylish shoes. Extra accessories look amazing in photos!