What to Wear to Your Portrait Session | Studio Wardrobe


Did you know that borrowing an item from my studio wardrobe comes with any portrait session you book with me? I am always working to add items for the whole family. Currently I have a collection of beautiful women’s dresses in a variety of sizes that flatter all shapes. Here are the women’s dresses currently available to borrow from the client wardrobe:

I also have a growing collection of baby and toddler girl dresses. Here are girls dresses (9Mo-4T) currently available in the studio wardrobe:

client wardrobe - girls dressesBe sure to check back, as I’m always adding new options and will be expanding into baby and toddler boy items as well!

If you choose to dress yourself, I suggest coordinating vs. matching. Your clothing should reflect your family style! Also make sure you have all clothing picked and all ready the day before. When you are picking a color scheme please bear in mind that these colors will be the colors displaying on your wall so you would like your images match with the interior of your house.

Outdoor extended family sessionI recommend that you start by selecting a base of 2-3 colors and carry those through the outfits so that everything “goes” together but doesn’t match. Keep in mind that the colors you choose for each family member do not have to match, but they should look nice together. Mix neutrals with some accent colors . Neutral and earthy colors create a soft and elegant style, and will give your images a timeless feel. These are by far my favorite tones to photograph, not to mention they are so versatile and will look beautifully displayed in any home decor.

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Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe and they make the whole look cohesive. Steer clear of flip-flops, runners/sneakers, or shoes that are too worn out.

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Add layers to your outfit. Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can add visual interest to your images. Textures are wonderful too! Think lace, ribbons, ruffles, crochet, and embroidery. Patterns can make your wardrobe look less boring and add some texture! When choosing patterns, look for small simple patterns in soft or neutral colors. Stay away from loud patterns and say no to character t-shirts etc.

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You can really play up an outfit and add personality and interest to your photos with accessories. Accessorize but keep it simple. Hats, scarves which are easily exchangeable can add touches to the photos. Fresh florals in a crown can be a really romantic touch for you or your girls as well.

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Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. You don’t want to blend with your background. If you want natural looking, relaxed images, dress in a way that’s appropriate for your location.

I hope you found these tips useful! You are always welcome to send any wardrobe ideas my way ahead of your portrait session. I am here to help you every step of the way!


©Katherine Jianas Photography

Katherine Jianas is a Kansas City newborn, family, motherhood, child, and personal branding photographer specializing in timeless, natural light photography. KC areas served include: Prairie Village, Mission Hills, Fairway, Overland Park, Leawood, Roeland Park, Westwood, Sunset Hills, Mission, Brookside, Waldo, Country Club Plaza, Westport & more. To check out recent work, please visit my family, newborn and children photo galleries. If you are interested in a custom portrait session with Katherine Jianas Photography and would like more information, please click here to contact me or email me directly at Katherine.Jianas@gmail.com.

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