Outfit planning help for your photography session

Figuring out what to wear for your photography session can be stressful! Last year so many families were asking for advice or feedback on outfits planning. When I am working with a client, I want every step to be easy. As moms we have enough going on everyday, planning for a session shouldn’t have to add to that list of things to do!

I am super excited to offer styling help and a client closet this year. I have already received so much great feedback about how easy and helpful this has been. Since this is not very common to offer as a photographer, I thought I would take some time to explain how exactly the process of having me help style your family works!

When styling is included

To be totally transparent, I offer the client closet and styling help in my middle (most frequently booked) and highest package. I wish I could offer it in the lowest priced package as well but if I did that I would need to increase the price. I wanted to still have an option that was just the basics and therefore able to be at a lower price point.

Aside from purchasing the inventory for my client closet and the program I use to create my style boards, it takes quite a bit of time to come up with a custom style board. I also deliver client closet items to you to be able to try on before hand, as well as steaming each piece before delivery. Some items also require dry cleaning. So it doesn’t seem like much at first but the time that goes into offering this adds up pretty quickly.

Learning your families style

When you book a session and want styling help, the first step is to fill out my styling questionnaire. This helps me get to know your desired style and be able to create a style board that best suits your family and is going to be most convenient for you. Some of the questions are:

  • having you choose a color palette from recommend season colors
  • sizes
  • love and hate colors/clothing to avoid for each family member
  • budget for outfits
  • how you plan to shop – online vs in store
  • client closet items you’d like to try on
  • preferred style : casual, romantic, urban

Spring Colors

Creating your style board

After reviewing your styling questionnaire I start working on your style board keeping all the answers in mind. I shop from varying stores depending if you are ordering online or want to shop in stores. I will include different colors from your chosen color palette which can all be mix and matched. It is really good for getting an over all idea of how everyone will look . Each item has a link so when you see something you love, all you have to do is click on the item to order.

I always like to remind my families that the style board is as much a shopping guide as an inspiration board. By all means, if there is something similar in your closet you can totally use that. Or reference the style board when you go shopping to find your own items that are similar colors and style now that you have an overall idea.

Client Closet

If you see something you are loving from my client closet, we will incorporate that into the styling board. As long as the item(s) are available, I will drop them off for you to try on over a weekend. I like to do this at least a month in advance so that you have time to order/plan otherwise if you do not end up using the item. I have a portable changing tent that I can bring to your session that allows for you to change into and out of the clothing. I have both family and maternity dresses available.

Perfecting your style board

Once I send a style board over I let mom know two things:

  • I am open to feedback and reworking anything if need be
  • Order items ASAP to ensure they are still in stock in the correct size. This also give us time to try on / re order new items if you need to

Hopefully this help give you an idea of how I can help you plan outfits for your session and how my client closet works. I am always looking for new items to add and updating my inventory. Current outfits can be found at https://jholseyphotography.com/client-closet

Feel free to reach out to me by my contact form or leaving a comment below with any other questions you may have! Can’t wait to see how I can help you and start planning our session!

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