I came across this dress at Nordstrom and fell in love. I thought this would be a great opportunity to show an example of choosing one item to build a palette for your portrait session. This dress is an example of a trend we’ve seen a lot this year: color blocking. It’s a new way to use color if you don’t want just one solid or a busy pattern, but keeps some variety in one garment.
I’ve talked a lot about picking mom’s outfit first and building around that. Find a style that you would love to rock and won’t seem dated in 10+ years. A good rule of thumb is to find something that fits great first. Something can be adorable on the hanger, but if it isn’t right on your body then we’ll have a disaster on our hands!
I used this dress to pull out the colors and create a visual color palette. Of course, you could still add another color if you need something more (maybe a pop of red in this one), but it is a great start. When you think you’ve found a contender you can send me a photo and I’ll help you pull a palette/look book together for the whole family!