Helpful Tips for Planning Your Christmas Photo Outfits

November 24, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

One of the questions I am always asked when a client books a session is: "What should we wear?" and I know that is top of everyone's mind when planning for photos. It can be overwhelming and time consuming to scour Pinterest for ideas, so here are a few tips to help you move past that:

Visualize what you want your Christmas card to look like

These photos will be on your Christmas cards so visualizing what you want them to look like will help you start thinking of what to wear. My favorite cards are through Scanning Christmas card designs will help you come up with an idea for outfits.

Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor photo

Choosing an indoor or outdoor session will further narrow down your outfit choices. An indoor session allows you to go with a casual or glamorous look. For a casual look, think of matching jammies or jeans and a t-shirt look.

For a more formal/glam look, think of dress and heels or gown and suit. The glamorous look really is more suited for indoors since you don't want to look cold in your photos trying to pull off the glam look! Not to mention the goosebumps you may have all over!

Neutral colors work best!

No matter what theme you go with, going with a neutral color always works best in photos. You want to go with pale colors, blush colors, or light colors. Think pale green, or blush pink or light grey. Bold colors are distracting and can take away from the subjects. With all of that being said, when planning a family color scheme, it doesn't mean you all have to wear the exact same color. A nice balanced color scheme has a combination of plain color, print and darker color. Here are some ideas:

  • Tan, denim, stripes
  • Navy, tan, cream, plaid
  • Blush, white, light blue, floral print

Simple is sometimes best!

⁠Now that you've read all of this information and decided on a theme, you're probably thinking: "Buying all of these pieces of clothing is going to be expensive!" Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be. You can simply go through your closet and pick out items you already have. Add some accessories like a scarf and hat and voila! Seriously, finding a sweater, scarf, jeans and a pair of boots is just as good as going out and buying all new fancy gear! However, if you want to buy new stuff but not break the bank, places like Old Navy and Target or even Walmart (oh yes I did!) are options. I bought these adorable earring from Walmart for $2.97 and every time I wear them I get complimented on them. You can find inexpensive and cute scarves and accessories there and no one would ever know! 



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Darlene's Photography services all clients in Northern Virginia although most clients are in Loudoun County cities such as Ashburn, Broadlands, Dulles, Brambleton, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lansdowne, Lovettsville, Leesburg, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, Stone Ridge, Sterling, and South Riding.