Next week is back-to-school for Glimpses of Soul Photography. Weather-willing, all schools will be doing their school portraits outside again. The great thing about being outdoors is that the background tends to go well with so many options. But in case you’re having a hard time deciding how to dress those kiddos, I thought I’d put together some ideas to get you thinking.
With the greenish backdrop of outdoors, bold and bright colors work great. Layers and textures add interest to any photo. Generally, kids who can sit in a chair are photographed from the waist up so you don’t have to worry too much about pants and shoes. Little ones who don’t sit at all or aren’t quite steady enough to be sitting in a chair will be photographed against a white blanket and may have more of their outfit in view so cute pants or tights can be fun.
Some general tips:
- Make sure the outfit fits well. Gappy, droopy clothing isn’t flattering, looks messy and will “swallow up” babies.
- A quick mist of hairspray might help hair stay in place a bit, although we know that’s generally a losing battle and do our best to comb right before.
- Simple headbands are great to keep hair tidy and add interest but like clothing, don’t look great if they’re too big or constantly falling forward. Likewise, a simple headband with a small flower or two can add a touch of “girly” to the little baldies who don’t quite have hair yet but giant flowers can detract from their adorable faces.
- Summer dresses are pretty but it can be chilly outdoors. Adding a sweater or shrug helps prevent goosebumps.
- Baby oil is great for removing temporary tattoos. In case you don’t want Angry Birds in your photos.
Below are some pieces that would work great for school photos. Everything pictured is from Carter’s, Old Navy, Gap or Target. Click through for details on individual pieces.