DL-2224 (1)BackI recently posted about beach lifestyle photoshoots and what to wear; however, studio shoots are a bit different in my opinion. Below are a few things I like to remember when styling my family for studio photoshoots.

  1. Coordinating pieces but not matching. Stick with a common color. Or possibly let one piece be the inspiration for the shoot, and coordinate the other pieces to it. While I usually stray from all white or all black for a lifestyle shoot, I think this is a rule that can slide when in a studio setting. In our last two studio shoots, I’ve chosen an all-white palette and a black-and-white palette. In my opinion, black or white pieces, with beautiful textures and details, offer high contrast that really pops in black and white photography. You want your family to shine, and your clothing to compliment the overall look.
  2. Classic pieces. When choosing outfits, choose classic pieces that withstand the test of time. Pieces that you will look back on in twenty years and not regret.
  3. Dress comfortably … especially if young children are involved! This is important regardless the location of your shoot. Remember you will be sitting, standing, running, dancing, etc. You don’t want to be constantly adjusting your straps or tugging on your too-short dress.
  4. Have fun and be you! If you do, I promise you will end up with some beautiful photographs.

When styling our family’s studio photoshoot last October, I chose a gingham dress to wear. If you remember from my last post, you know how much I love gingham? Gingham is a classic print that has withstood the test of time. I knew, looking back on these photos in years to come, I wouldn’t regret my choice to wear this this print. It was also fun to coordinate complimentary styles for my girls. Charlotte Cate’s dress mimicked the gingham print of my dress while Eloise’s dress had a similar silhouette with off-the-shoulder details.




Outfit Details: MLM LABEL Maison Off Shoulder Dress [similar] // La Coqueta Kids gingham dress // gingham bow clips // j.crew girls off the shoulder dress (no longer available)

Photography by the super-talented Jeannie Frey Rhodes.

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