I'm busy as a Christmas elf preparing holiday schedules and backdrops and Christmas cards already.
It's still early in the season, but the most frequent question around holiday time is what to wear for Christmas Card pictures. I know what a pain it is to shop for and dress the little people, so here are a few things I've learned from my clients:
1. Simple is good.
You can't beat jeans and solid colors. This family looked great, and the black made for stunning fall foliage shots. Khakis and tops from the same color family works well too.
2. Holiday wear
White trimmed dresses & santa hats are timeless and look ridiculously cute on little ones!
Bring the kids in Christmas jammies and holiday slippers, OR
Bring your stockings from the mantle with their names on them, OR
Bring funky snow boots and stocking hats.
3. Same colors, unique outfits
These girls look adorable and not too matchy-matchy. Same colors, simple styles, beautiful look.
Knit sweaters and thick, textured scarves look amazing below. How about everyone in the family wearing a big ol' scarf that suits his/her personality? Or sweaters with blue jeans/khakis?
More texture in my most favorite holiday photo. The hat/scarf are obnoxious but they frame her rosy cheeks and make her blue eyes pop.
5. Mix and Match
Red & black are perfectly suited for this family -- everyone is at ease and wearing comfortable clothes that coordinate well.
And the DON'Ts:
- Plaids are tricky. A plaid polo sticking out from under a Christmas vest? Good. A bright colored plaid on Dad in the Christmas pic? Bad. Crazy patterns draw attention from the face and directly to the shirt.
- Overalls are tricky too. Overalls are work (especially on babies)--they often bunch, or the straps are too long/too short, or they bulge at the side when kids sit.
- Don't dress your child in tulle/flannel/tight dress shoes and put them in a car seat. They will be done by the time you arrive at the studio and have the "itchies" or a serious attitude. If you pull your crew out of the car half dressed or in pajamas, and dress them here, no problem.
Feel free to leave a comment below (click blue "comment" word below post) with any other suggestions. I would love to hear more ideas.