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Pet photographer serving the greater Boise / Treasure Valley, ID area
Caldwell / Nampa / Kuna / Middleton / Eagle / Boise

  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Style Guide for Your Portrait Session

I am thrilled to help create portraits you will look back on for years to come. Because these are photos you will cherish for many years, it's natural to want them to be frame-worthy. Determining what to wear can seem a daunting task, so I have included some tips and recommendations so your wardrobe selection doesn't have to be stressful.



Plan ahead

Planning out your outfit(s) ahead of time will save you stress and frustration the day of the session. This will give you a chance to make sure everything fits everyone (essential with growing kids!) and is comfortable. Keep in mind you may be posing in different positions so the outfits should be comfortable sitting, squatting, etc. Don't forget to prep the clothes before the session date so they're wrinkle and stain free.

Consider your home decor

It's safe to assume you're going to want to display your portraits in your home. That's why you should consider the color scheme of your home when making wardrobe selections. For example, if your home is primarily decorated in neutrals you likely won't want to dress everyone in bright colors. Go with a color scheme that's similar or complimentary to your home decor so when the photos are displayed they flow with your home.



Color palette & style

Think about what colors will compliment the color of your pet(s) - typically neutrals or earth tones are best. If you want to incorporate some color, soft tones such as pink, light blue, lavender, etc. can be pleasing to the lens. If bolder colors are more your style, red, black, dark blue, or purple make for a more dramatic look. I recommend staying away from loud or contrasting patterns.

To add some personality and dimension to everyone's outfits, mix different textures together instead of the use of a lot of patterns. If you want to add a pop of pattern, just be sure it's done in moderation and not included in every family member's outfit.

For style, think simple and classy - basically an outfit that isn't trendy and won't look out of date when looking back at your photos in years to come.



Don't forget shoes

An area that is often overlooked is shoes. Remember to style complete head to toe outfits for every family member. Men, avoid wearing white socks with dress shoes. Make sure your shoes are clean, not raggedy or muddy. For women, boots, heels, sandals or dress shoes look great.

Layer & accessorize

Don't forget to add an accessory or two to tie the outfits together. Layers are an easy way to change up the look of your portraits without needing a complete wardrobe change. Scarves, vests, jackets and even blankets are great additions.



What to avoid

Avoid character t-shirts, shirts with sayings, etc. It is best not to get your haircut the day of or the day before a portrait session - try to allow 5 days after a haircut before your photo shoot. Please avoid wearing sunglasses for two hours prior to the session so your face won't have indent marks from the frames.


The most important thing you can wear is something you feel comfortable in. This will help you be as relaxed as possible at the session.

I am as excited for this as you are! I am looking forward to seeing you soon.



International award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world.

Based out of Missoula, Montana, and moving to the Nampa, Idaho area in May 2024, Shannon specializes in pet portrait photography showcasing dogs, horses, and their people. Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come - whether it be on a fine art canvas or in a custom artisan album.

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