What to wear for your REAL LIFE session??

baby and decorative bunny sitting on front lawn looking around neighborhood, caressed by mom laying in grass

What to wear for your REAL LIFE documentary photo session??

Short Answer: It doesn’t matter!

Yup, that’s one of the benefits of documentary photography sessions over traditional or lifestyle portraits. (YAYY!!!)

REAL LIFE documentary sessions tell the story of your daily life at this point in time. They are unposed and focus on your typical home life. Which means “what to wear???” is just not something you have to address any more than you usually do every morning! Wear whatever you would normally be wearing, even if it doesn’t match anyone else. Do your usual hair and makeup. These pictures are meant to represent your real life experience, and you don’t want the images to feel inauthentic to you because of your clothing.

More importantly: let your kids dress themselves! If they are anything like mine, they change outfits multiple times a day, anyway, and it’s hilarious to see the layers and combinations they come up with. One of my favorite portraits of my daughter was captured in a big poofy princess dress with a guitar.

environmental portrait of young girl in princess dress playing guitar, in hard light, with lots of yellow and blue tones

In my experience, when you wear comfortable clothes, you have comfortable people (and little people!)- which make for comfortable pictures.

So no need for a pinterest board for outfit ideas! No need to purchase any extra clothes for your session at all. One less thing to worry about!

Feel free to just be you. <3

what to wear for your documentary family photography session?

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Pamela Anticole

Serving PA OH & Beyond

Pamela Anticole is a Pittsburgh based newborn and family photographer. Her award winning style is thoughtful and emotional, and your client experience is both relaxed and fun!


Pamela will photograph your baptism, birthday party, anniversary, bar/bat mitzvah, or wedding in a documentary style learned as a newspaper photojournalist. It is her focus on real, natural relationships and ability to anticipate emotional candid moments that bring sensitivity to her work as a documentary photographer. Pamela is located in the Wexford area of Pittsburgh, PA and available for family photography within 45 miles of downtown Pittsburgh. She also offers photography education for parents both online and on location in person in the Pittsburgh area.