What to Wear- August 2011

With my holiday session dates almost fully booked now, the # 1 question any photographer will get from clients is “What do we wear?”  I figured now was as good a time as any to do a little article covering all the do’s & don’t, tips & tricks to help everyone out.  I have also decided to come up with these “What to Wear” guides  that will be released on or near the 1st of every month from now on!  Since we are so late into August now and September is right around the corner, I decided I would only do 3 this month and then next week, I already have five for early Fall looks!  Hopefully this helps out my client’s who may need a little inspiration as well as photographer’s.

So let’s get right to late Summer looks then?  I’m lucky enough to live in Southern California so we could almost wear “Summer” all year round:)


If I were building outfits for my family this is how I would do it:

  1. Keeping your location and season in mind, start with one person.  Don’t try and think of everyone at the same time.  I find that mom or a little girl makes the most sense since they would typically be the ones wearing a print.  So mom will be wearing a floral print dress (small pretty pattern that is).
  2. Now move on to the next person.  You will be pulling colors from mom’s dress so begin to think about who in the family would look good in what colors.  Dad doesn’t look so good in XYZ since it tends to drown out the tone in his skin.  Let’s pick ABC for him instead.  And so on.
  3. Then start to come up with ideas to personalize the session.  A little boy may have a security blanket or teddy bear he never parts with…. be sure to bring that with you.  The little girl may like crafting so have her make a cute matching headband or clip for her hair.  Mom loves tulips… on your way to the session pick some up.  Make thoughtful choices and be sure to discuss the ideas with your photographer!  Believe me, most are full of ideas however, it’s always nice when the family helps and truly ensures a “custom” session.
Be on the lookout for my What to Wear Guides for September!  They are finished and will be available on September 1!  I’m hoping that these are helpful to client’s and photographer’s!  If you like em, lemme know and I will be sure to have them created for you on the 1st of each month:)


Misty - August 25, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Thank you for sharing! :)

Amber - August 25, 2011 - 7:35 pm

This is awesome. Thank you for generously sharing with other photogs!

Laura - August 25, 2011 - 8:37 pm

LOVE THIS! The fact that others charge… just adds to my expenses. I would love to show you some love by giving you full credit. Thanks for being AWESOME!

amy - August 25, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Great article!!! Thank you!!

Alexa - August 25, 2011 - 9:36 pm

Thank you so much for sharing!!!! I agree with Laura!!! :)

jeri - August 25, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kendall Lauren - August 25, 2011 - 10:25 pm

Wonderful, as ALWAYS, Corina! Thanks for being so generous to share them as a download for those of us who don’t compile these ourselves, they’re a great help! <3

becky - August 25, 2011 - 10:29 pm

THANK YOU This is soooo great!! love it!!! & love what you said too!

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Shelly - August 26, 2011 - 5:12 am

What a wonderful guide! Thank you so much. This will be helpful beyond measure, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for September.

I hope that by sharing this material with other photographers, you receive all the recognition and visibility that you deserve.

Reena - August 26, 2011 - 6:31 am

Thank you for sharing these. They are awesome!

Victoria Gerardi - August 26, 2011 - 6:54 am

Thanks so much, Corina!! These are awesome! Can’t wait to see the fall looks you put together :) xoxox

Glenda - August 26, 2011 - 7:37 am

wow thank you so so so so much!!!! You said everything so perfectly !!! I will def. be posting a link back to your site so you get all the recognition you deserve!!!!

Shawna - August 26, 2011 - 9:46 am

Thank you for being so generous! :) I just became a fan of you on Facebook.

Nicolette Lindsey - August 26, 2011 - 6:44 pm

Thank you! This is wonderful and extremely helpful. i will certainly link back to your blog. I appreciate it so much :)

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Katherine V. - August 26, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Thanks Corina!! I have made some of these myself and they take some time and effort! I appreciate you sharing these, you are awesome as usual… :-)

Connie McClain - August 26, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this!! I will definitely be sharing this and will give you your recognition!!! You are AWESOME!! :)

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Amy - August 27, 2011 - 10:01 am

Oh my goodness…thank you very much for this!!! You rock! I posted on my blog with full credit to you, of course!! :)

Staci Brock - August 29, 2011 - 8:00 am

Thank you! I would love to be able to use your text, I can do many things. Writing is NOT one of them!!! Would you prefer a link back to your blog? I can certainly do that!!!

Chinera - August 29, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Wow! This post is packed with great information for a Mewbie. Thank you.

Nicole - September 1, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Thanks so much for putting these boards together! I love them and I appreciate you sharing the ideas on your site! Very helpful!! :)

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Katie W - October 15, 2011 - 3:52 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these! I’m sure it is hard work putting these together and I really appreciate you sharing!

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