Cybele Mendes Photography

What to Wear

I have put together a list of all the things that you might want to consider in preparation for your session. Please print this out and use it as a checklist so that you do not overlook any details. I am here for you as well if you have any questions.  

What you plan on wearing for your session is dependent on the ages your children and the type of shoot you decide upon (outdoors at a park or inside your home).  When you set up your session, we can discuss in greater detail which clothing will enhance your portrait and produce the best looking images.  I recommend wardrobe selections that are contemporary yet classic.

For newborns and young infants please keep it simple.  I suggest having a few plain onesies on hand.  A white onesie has such a timeless look.  I’ll have hats and props, but feel free to make available any hats of your own or that special blanket too.  Please share any other fun and creative ideas you have, as I am open to suggestions on how to make your session more personalized. For toddlers and older children, I encourage you to have a few outfits ready for some quick wardrobe changes.  Simple is good: jeans, khakis, plain dresses, bare feet.  Color is good too!  Try adding layers for a more contemporary look.

With newborn sessions, parents should wear a plain white shirt, and have a plain black or grey shirt nearby—you may want to have several options, especially since accidents do happen.  For family portraits, wear clothing that is comfortable and flatters you.  If you feel good, this will certainly come across in the photographs and you’ll look great. And for outdoor shoots, definitely dress for the season— this could be a great opportunity to wear some fun hats if it’s chilly out.

If you are a maternity client, please avoid wearing anything tight prior to your appointment, as this may leave clothing marks on your beautiful belly.

Dads, please bring a dark t-shirt to wear under dark shirts. A white t-shirt triangle under a dark shirt sticks out like a sore thumb, so please bring a black or gray undershirt. The white t-shirt is great for wearing under light toned shirts.

Most often I remove shoes, especially the children’s shoes.  So, please do not stress out about buying the perfectly matching shoes.  If you want shoes in a shot, make sure they go well with the outfit in tone or that they add personality and style.

Your nails will be in the photos, so consider this an excuse to get a manicure and pedicure. Many of the casual shots are done barefoot; so don’t forget about those toes! Natural or basic works best.  Simple always works.  For little girls, please make sure to remove nail polish, unless you specifically want them painted for your images.

Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Let it be natural.

Make-up should only be slightly heavier than normal, more like what you might wear in the evening. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps.

Dads, please make sure you shave, since retouching stubble is difficult. Also please focus on the back of the neck as there may be some shots that include your neck.

During the summer months, please avoid getting a sunburn and be conscious of tan lines.  If your baby or child has a small bruise, bump or scratch, I can easily retouch them.  However, black eyes or bumps that change the appearance of someone would be a case where I’d recommend rescheduling.  If your baby has baby acne or cradle cap, I can remove this as well.

Please don’t forget to remove any temporary tattoos on your children prior to your session.  It is difficult to remove these and they often leave the arm red, so please have your children arrive tattoo free. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge. 

Best tip here is to keep it simple. I want the attention on you. Please remove your watch before the session, as the face of the watch can be a major distraction in a portrait.

Small additions to a session are welcomed.  Favorite toys, colorful lollipops, or sentimental items work just great.