Deb McCarthy Photography | Styling for Portraits 101

Styling for Portraits 101

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


1.) Choose ONE Outfit You Love - It can be yours or your partner's or your child's.  Once you've made that choice, you can base everything else off of it.  Keep in mind color and season and most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable and fabulous in it!

2.) Coordinate Colors without Matching - Once you pick that one outfit (for example a pink dress) choose tones that compliment that pink dress.  Green, navy, denim - those colors are all complimentary but don't match.

3.) Pick a Great Photographer -  Honestly, I'm hoping you've already chosen me (wink, wink).

4.) PREPARE - Plan in advance to make sure your clothing choices are ironed and your have all your accessories and footwear ready to go.  The more prepared you are, the less stress you'll experience the day of your session - which means you'll be able to relax and have FUN.

5.) Keep Patterns to a Minimum - My recommendation is one or two people in subtle patterns and the others in solids.  I LOVE patterns and I think they look great in photos - just not too many.  We want the focus to be you and your beautiful family.

6.) Be COMFORTABLE in what You're Wearing - Making sure you look good in your outfit is super important but you also neeed to make sure you are comfy.  This tip is especially important when it comes to the kids.  If they are wearing something that is itchy, stiff or doesn't fit quite right - they are not going to be happy and we don't want that!

7.) HAVE FUN - Of course the most important goal I want to accomplish during your family session is getting some great shots BUT I also want to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere that you and your fam will enjoy! 



Looking for a few suggestions on where to shop for the perfect pieces to dress yourself and your family?  Look no further than the gorgeous boutiques right here in Southie! You'll find an assortment of cute clothes, beautiful jewelry and lovely accessories.

Here's a few of my favorites:

Kids  - Bringing Up Baby Boston 

Mom/Dad/Teens -   Ku De Ta  Wears and Wares  Habit   Dew Luxe

Hair Styling - ROOTS  The Beauty Bar 



Give me a call: 617-592-8977 or shoot me an email: to book your Family Portrait Session!  I'd love to hear from you.

With Gratitude,



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