Hazel Moon Photography » Grass Valley California Natural Light Photographer specializing in families, maternity, newborns, and high school seniors


Dressing for your session is one of the most important steps to getting the portrait look you want. I know this can be a difficult decision so I’ve created this page to help. Below are some simple tips for choosing outfits for you and your family, as well as a link to my wardrobe Pinterest board for inspiration.


Most importantly, your clothing should reflect who you are. Wether you want a casual or more formal look, you should dress in your personal style.

Be comfortable

Choose clothing you and your family feel comfortable in and make you feel good. Make sure you can move, sit and interact. Take the weather into consideration and wear clothing that is appropriate for the temperature. Here in California there can be a huge temperature difference from day to day so be prepared with options if the weather happens to change. If you feel uncomfortable in the clothing you’re wearing, it will show in the photos.

Coordinate, Don’t match

Pick 1-2 main colors and 1-2 accent colors. Everyone should coordinate, but not match. Neutrals, gem tones, primary colors, and pastels all look great in photos. Avoid fluorescent colors and all white as these can reflect on the face. Mixing and matching patterns is also encouraged, this adds depth to the photos.

Layer your look

Layers create depth and look fantastic in photos. In cool weather you can add sweaters, jackets, leggings, tights, hats, etc. if the weather is hot, think hair accessories, jewelry, vests, hats, etc.

Pick clothes that fit

This might seem obvious but if you’re dressing kids, you might be used to buying a size up. Make sure their clothing fits now, and if you are buying clothes specifically for the photos, resist the urge to buy big.

Have fun with your look and be yourself! I’m always happy to chat about styling for shoots.

Below is a link to my Pinterest board with sample outfit ideas. Remember, these are just examples to reflect coordinating colors, layering, etc- your clothing should reflect our personal style!

Wardrobe Inspiration on Pinterest

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