When planning your session, here are a few things to keep in mind...
What to wear...
For Family Sessions...You can choose a very coordinated look in which case you would have everyone wearing one of 3 colors (example: jeans, black or white combos) or you can go for a more loosely coordinated look with everyone wearing muted warm colors a several people wearing similar color families. See photo...
For Headshots..decide if you are going for a more professional type headshot (ie suits, business attire) or a more casual headshot (casual or dressy casual).
For Senior Sessions....This is usually a two outfit session with potential for more changes. One is usually casual and the other a little more put together. It can reflect their hobby or school and cap and gown is always a good option if you can find them in their school colors.
What not to wear
Yes, there are some things to avoid. Here is a general list:
-Extremely bold bright colors especially with family photos unless that is a specific look you are going for (ie such as your favorite team theme). Otherwise it distracts the eye and reflects that color on your skin.
- Clothing with large print, graphics or logos. Again especially for family photos as it is also very distracting. Unless that is truly what you wish to have highlighted.
-Clothing with small repetitive patterns. This causes a distortion called Moire which looks like strange wavy patterns on your clothing. A pattern with small lines, dots etc exceed the camera's sensor resolution and often cannot be removed in editing. So avoid small plaids, checks, dots etc.