Mommy and Me Photo Session
What to wear for Motherhood Pictures
So, you want a mommy and me photo session; you want to stop time for just a little while, enjoy the sweet hand holding, the holding your little one before they get too cool or too big, right? Or maybe you are a first time mom and want to savor these moments before another sibling comes along. Whatever the reason, I am so glad motherhood sessions have become such a big part of my work. I love them, and I think my love of capturing motherhood comes through. The biggest question from any type of session I do is “what do I wear?” I get it, you want to look your best in the pictures. You also want to be comfortable so you can enjoy the session and keep your session real. For me, motherhood is not standing with your child and looking at me and stressing if they will smile at the camera the whole time, or being just right so you don’t have a double chin the whole time. I want it to be real. I want it to be you, your time with your child or children. I want you to be relaxed so you can do that and I will photograph you from the angles that make you look your best and keep your little one happy while we do it! So, let’s start with getting you ready and next week I will do another “what to wear” segment about how to start with one look and add to it so you compliment each other’s clothing instead of matching too much!
First, think of where the pictures are being taken. If you booked a session with someone, is it at the beach, a park, urban, etc.? If you are going out for Mother’s Day and your partner will be snapping a few photos of you and your children, think of where you are going, what does it look like, and will your clothing fit. For this year’s Mother’s Day mini-sessions, I am doing them at the beach. Read more about the Hamilton Creek Photography Mother’s Day mini-sessions here, limited space still available! If you booked with me, you will want to focus on beachy looks. Plus, spring and summer fashions already have a ton of nautical or beach inspired looks right now that are easily accessible.
Here are a few blouses and a maxi dress available online at Francesa’s or you can find a store near you (located in Brandon, Hyde Park, West Shore, Wiregrass, Citrus Park). What I love about this smaller shop is they have less choices to overwhelm you, and they turn over their stock quickly, so it is always fresh. A simple blouse and white capris or a skirt, or a maxi-dress is perfect for the beach. Once you have something that fits you right, you can usually easily coordinate your child and children. So I always say to start with Mom when it comes to mommy and me pictures!
H&M has a huge push on “you and me” and beach clothing, so if you have a family to dress, or want to keep things simple, this is the store I would start with, because you can get the whole family dressed right here. Plus, if you are at the beach, the nautical look of the classic navy, white and reds is pretty classic and will never go out of style!
Second, think of your body type. Are you a pear shape, or more of an apple? Since I am not an expert in this, I am linking to another site that helps give you tips on your body type and what to look for based on your own body type, click here to read more. What I am more of an expert at is helping you look your best in photos. I can help you stand so you look your best, or sit comfortably, and shoot you from angles that flatter you without you even thinking about if you look okay. I can also give my recommendations to help you relax a bit before we get to the photo session. I recommend looking for something that allows you to move, cuddle, tickle and perhaps play a little game of chase on the beach. If you have a body part you are concerned about, let me know before we begin. I personally hate my upper arms and my chin. So I try to always wear something to cover my upper arms, or if I am taking pictures with my kids, I use them to cover those arms, and seeing my arms wrapped about my kids, I tend to forget about my insecurities and cherish those moments. Here is an example of me in front of the camera, since it is super helpful for your photographer to be in front of the camera every once in a while so they know how you feel, too! Thanks to Reilly Maguire Photography for these captures!
Lastly, think of accessories. Don’t forget the little details! You can add bangle bracelets, which are super popular right now, or a statement necklace to really stand out. One of my favorite places to find accents for photos is Charming Charlie’s – http://www.charmingcharlie.com/. They also have blouses and dresses that can work for mom’s too. While you don’t want to look overdone, you do want to look a bit more special for your mother’s day sessions. This is the last stop for you so you can coordinate with what you picked out and the store is so easy to navigate with the color coded store. Feeling even more special this year, why not stop in and get a make up application done before the session. Sephora is just one place in the mall you can set up to get make up done, but the MAC counter also does makeup applications (but check first if they require an in-store purchase). Or, find a local make up artist or your salon may be able to help, too! If nothing else, splurge on trimming your cuticles with a mani-pedi date beforehand.
Other favorite stores to check out, Kohl’s, The Loft, J Crew, Banana Republic, and don’t forget Target, another place you can often dress the whole family. I say go online and see if there is anything you like before heading out, and remember the outlet stores with friends may be another fun get away before your session too!