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5 Tips For Styling Mom

5 tips for styling momma! Don’t let styling for your session hold you back from having the pictures you’ve dreamed of. I have 5 tips to help you look your best. I also added a Bonus One!

Mom these are for you because moms need to take the time to put themselves first in these pictures. Moms here are a few styling tips for you.

This is your chance to dress it up! Remember! There’s no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session. Don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to spend money adding a new permanent piece to your wardrobe here is an option. Clients love Rent the Runway for their portrait photos. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over! Some of my clients love having an excuse to go shopping and purchase new permanent pieces for their wardrobe. That’s okay, too! Whatever works for you!


Choose the dressed-up style. Dresses and skirts up the wow factor and tend to look most stunning on camera because they flatter the female body. This is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! I recommend choosing long, flowy dresses or skirts. These are flattering on all body types, look amazing on camera, and bring extra movement and dimension to your photos. Maxi (or floor-length) skirts and dresses will give us the best “twirl factor.”


In my experience, every woman, (regardless of her size or shape) has an area that she’s self-conscious about. Recognizing the areas you’re self-conscious about when selecting the style of your outfit is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement you is the best way to ensure you’ll love how you look in your photos. Three-quarter-length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms. If your dress has shorter sleeves (or no sleeves) consider bringing a cute jacket, blazer, cardigan, or pashmina to incorporate into your look. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on the arms in camera. For most women, skinny straps make arms look BIGGER. So I recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is slimmer-looking arms. If it’s colder outside, I suggest bringing a warm coat. The longer, the better! This is so you don’t freeze in your dress.


Ok, Momma let’s style those feet! Did you know that heels elongate women’s legs and force constant tension in the calves, making them look more toned? Closed-toed heels, in particular, look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg down to your toe. You can never go wrong with a pair of neutral pumps! Make sure to bring a pair of flats/flip-flops to wear! You will thank me later when moving from place to place and your feet will thank you later!

Shoes, Say Yes to the Heels

Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images. Whether it’s a necklace, belt, bracelet, earrings, hat, or scarf. Bringing an accessory or two can bring great visual interest to your photos. Choose one or two that don’t compete for attention when paired. For example, if you go with bolder earnings, choose a more humble necklace, or maybe even no necklace at all. Fresh flowers in a crown or bouquet can be a really romantic touch as well!


It looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. You’ll have these photos forever, so this is the time to pamper yourself! Professional hair and makeup will give you a boost of confidence in front of the camera. For example, lash extensions or blown-out hair. This always photographs like a dream. If you’re working with a makeup artist, have her apply your makeup in natural light. As a result, it will look fresh and not too heavy. Good makeup artists know how to get it just right for the camera.

Remember that this is about you and for you. Do what makes you feel like the diamond you are. Find the photographer that speaks to you through their photographs.

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October 20, 2022

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