What to Wear: How to Dress Children for a Portrait Session

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What to Wear: How to Dress Children for a Portrait Session

What to Wear {Part 2: Children}

As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear.

When booking a portrait session I think it is almost always a given that the client is going to ask for suggestions on what to wear. I struggled with this question when I was first starting out. My clients would come dressed in matching outfits or in the same color head to toe. These clothing choices do not make for the most visually appealing image, right?

I knew that I had to change my clients way of thinking when it came to choosing outfits for their portraits. I personally believe that is part of my job to help style a session. This gives my clients another reason to hiring me over going to a chain portrait studio. I always tell them to choose items with good color, texture (ie, knits, ruffles, denim) and accessories. I tell them to think coordinating not matching. I even go as far as offering to come to their homes and dig through their closet with them or tell them to bring a trunk full of options and we can put together outfits on location.

When setting up a toddler or children’s session I try to feel out the personality of the child. I ask the parents to bring items along that are important to the child like a favorite blanket or a skateboard. The possibilities are endless when it comes to styling these sessions but there are a few main styles my clients typically go towards Trendy, Prep, Classic, or Skater Style. I really stress to my clients to layer. The reason being that you can add and remove and create almost an entirely different look by removing a jacket, or using a scarf as a head wrap. I always bring along some of my own accessories as well from my children’s closets and use them if needed.

Here are a few items I love for toddler and child sessions.  I like to keep ideas of clothing choices fresh in my clients head and don’t want to have to have them dig through my blog to find them.

what to wear for portraits

For toddler girls:toddler girl portrait clothing

For toddler boys:

toddler boys portrait clothing

what to wear for a portrait

For girl children:

girls portrait clothing

For boy children:

boys portrait clothing

The clothing in my sample outfits came from the below stores.

Limited Too

Abercrombie Kids


Old Navy

My Baby Rocks


Other Suggested Stores to shop at:

Matilda Jane

Mini Boden

GAP Kids

Abercrombie Kids

Heritage 81 Kids

Little Rory

Kelsey Anderson is a natural light photographer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, children, senior and family photography.

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