What to wear back to school
Back to School Pictures
It has been a while, but I am making Wednesdays my blog posts all about you! Ideas for planning photo outfits, putting together wall galleries, and much more! For What to wear Wednesday, this blog post focuses on what to wear back to school. Or more specifically, what to wear back to school pictures.
I love to help styling and it is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. I also super love to look at other photographers work who are completely story telling and lifestyle photographers. Where the kids may be in nothing but a favorite character t-shirt and rain boots. I mean, love that more than chocolate. However, for me and my business most families come to Hamilton Creek for portraits that are a bit traditional, and then a lot about connections. They choose me and my style for unique locations that are lovely and full of light and the pièce de résistance is the outfits they choose, which pulls everything together for the art we end up putting on their walls. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of dirty t-shirt, messy rain and mud pictures in my home, too, but this what to wear Wednesday is for the more styled, or wardrobe conscious client.
This blog post is about back to school pictures in particular. I can’t be the only mom who wants great back to school pictures to torture, I mean, look back fondly with my kids?? I am not talking about the school pictures most of us get at our schools though. The cheesy fake green screen backdrops and out of focus pictures we get every year. No way! Instead, I buy one “school picture” outfit that is fun. An outfit that is totally the kids style for that moment. Of course, being a photographer, I know it will also looks great in the portraits I set up. Our kids wear uniforms on the daily. This outfit is the one chance to think school and some fun fashion.
Lucky you if your kiddos get to wear fun clothing all school year! I also have fond memories of doing the annual “front porch” first day of school pictures with my best friend and we always wore our “first day of school” outfits in those, too. So this blog post is for you moms and dads out there who may want to capture your own first day of school pictures and need some help with getting stylish outfits that look great on film, too.
We also have two spots for our back-to-school limited edition sessions on Sunday, July 31st, with both myself and Reilly of Reilly Maguire Photography there to take the back-to-school picture stress away from you! Email me today to snag one of those spots!
More details on the Tampa back-to-school mini sessions HERE.
Style tips for putting together a
fun, child friendly, “photo-fantastic” outfit this fall!
- Layer, layer, layer. I know, it is HOT in summer and with kids going back to school earlier in Tampa Bay this year, we are going to be sweating! But layering doesn’t always mean sweaters and jackets. It can be a light t-shirt under or over a button down short sleeve, or rolled up long sleeve oxford. It can be a simple additional of layered necklaces over a dress for girls. The big thing is to wear layers to bring interest to the photo and outfit and not just be a dress and shoes kind of a look.
- Color and pattern! Don’t be afraid to put some color in your outfit. Is your kid’s favorite color pink, well let her wear pink. Just layer some other color or pattern so she doesn’t look like cotton candy. I love one strong pattern mixed with maybe even a coordinating, not matching pattern for extra style. It isn’t for everyone. If you are a traditional kind of a parent, and love tradition, go for it! Just add some color and traditional patterns like gingham, or plaid. I mean, doesn’t plaid just scream back-to-school to you?
- Watch out for logos and characters. This is a toughy for me. I know for me, I want my kids’ character to come out, and sometimes that means letting them wear their favorite Star Wars t-shirts in pictures over and over again. The photographer in mean knows a large logo or character shirt can take away from the picture though if the character t-shirt you choose is too much. I mean, a bright primary colored Pokemon t-shirt next to a sibling’s unicorn shirt of contrasting colors is probably not going to look cohesive. Instead, go for a more subtle approach. Look online for a vintage wash t-shirt or something that stands the test of time instead of screams POKEMON. Which, with all the Pokemon Go out there, maybe that is fitting. The boys really love Harry Potter right now, and to me, that is them, that is school appropriate, so we plan on using one of the books in their session…probably will get talked into the wand, too. And, my goal is to get some softer t-shirts I can layer over their outfits for a few shots, too.
- Be comfortable! Clearly, this should be easy to understand, but make sure your outfits are child friendly and don’t wrinkle or are too fussy. Again, let the kid be a kid, and make sure it is moveable, breathable, and not itchy scratchy or wrinkles easily.
The good news is that back to school style is out already, in most every store, and online. Before you head out the door, check online for a favorite idea so you don’t have to spend hours away from the pool or summer fun, I mean, it is STILL summer. Here are a few links to back-to-school areas of some of my favorite stores to find children’s clothing. Of course, the best part of putting together outfits is taking a bit of some stores and mixing them together so you don’t look the same as everyone else, and you are not too “matchy.”
(picture above from H&M, click image to be taken to their site to order or for more information)
- Old Navy – http://oldnavy.gap.com/ – Their site is focused on the uniforms hard right now, but if you peruse their online outfits you may see something that works. I love this fall colored print dress below. But, I am pretty sure if I had a little girl, the burnt orange cord dress would HAVE to be mine! Coupled with some funky knee high socks, a sweet and simple t-shirt or blouse and fun boots or Converse sneakers!
(pictures above from Old Navy, click image to go to the web site)
- Abercrombie Kids, https://www.abercrombiekids.com/shop/us this is the biggest place I hit deals and stylish outfits for our own boys. They actually have a ton of fun plaid for girls right now, and some amazing relaxed chinos for boys, more of the tappered jogger type pants for boys. Pluscamo inspired dress outfits that I know our boys love. This unicorn t-shirt would look amazing with a sparkly sweater or shirt over it (just make sure the tank fits and it not too big or it may look sloppy) and pair it with fun shorts and rain boots, or other colorful pants that bring out your child’s personality!
(picture above from Abercrombie Kids, click image to be taken to their web site)
Need more??? Check out last year’s blog post about boys’ fashion for back-to-school. Or find more style help by following me on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/HamiltonCreek/ or my back to school idea board!