What to Wear For Your Family Portrait Session:
Keep in mind the location
Are you going to be indoors or outdoors? Is the area paved, muddy, rocky, or grassy? What kind of colors would look best in that setting? If you will be outside, it’s a good idea to wear clothes you would be comfortable sitting on the ground in. If you are shooting with a green background (trees/bushes), be sure not to wear all green!
Stick to one style
Make sure everyone in the group is wearing one style of clothing such as classy (formal wear, suits, dresses, etc.), casual (jeans, tees, hoodies, converse), or contemporary (a mixture of classy and casual–like a dressy top with jeans and heels). You don’t want to look like half of the family is going to a wedding and the others are going to the park to play.
Avoid too many patterns or logos
Patterns should complement each other, not draw attention away from the main subject of the photo, you! Colors don’t have to match, but they do need to go together. Clothing from the same color palette or based on colors in one outfit tend to create a cohesive look without feeling too “matchy.” Fun and vibrant colors help the portraits “pop” off the screen or print, but remember, the emphasis of the photos should be on your faces, not your clothing.
Accessories can pull together the outfit
Using accessories is a good way to get different looks out of a single outfit. Think about things that characterize you and your personality: scarves, hats, clean/simple jewelery, shoes. Be sure to bring appropriate shoes for any outfit changes as well.
Hands and Feet
Occasionally, we will take photos of details like hand-holding and family feet! Remember to clean and trim nails for these shots. For feet, if your toes will show…make sure your toenail polish is fresh.
Wear clothing that you feel good in and the pictures will emanate those feelings. Uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures. Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. If you plan on wearing heels, be sure to bring a pair of flats or flip flops that can help you get from point A to point B without any pain. You can just swap them out as you need to.
Two Steps to Putting Together Outfits For A Family Session:
Step 1: Choose clothing for one person first You don’t have go out and buy all new outfits for your photo. Most times, you can get a great look by building your clothing around one person’s outfit. It’s usually best to start with the person in the group who is hardest to pick an outfit for. Most of the time this is the mother or daughter, as boys are normally very easy to style. Look through your closet for a great piece you want them to wear for the photos or consider buying an outfit for that person and going from there. For example, you’ve found a fun sweater for your son with tan, light blue, and orange stripes. You know the rest of your family has clothing at home that would match the colors in the sweater. So, you decide he could wear the sweater with a light blue shirt, tan pants, and brown shoes.
Step 2: Build the rest of the group’s outfits based on the first person Now that you’ve got one person’s clothing done, you can build the rest of the group’s outfits. In your case, you also bought your husband a sweater vest in orange to go with your son’s sweater. Then, at home, you each had a blue shirt, brown/khaki pants for the guys and a brown skirt for you. Maybe you also had a jacket to go with the tan in the boy’s sweater, and you’re all set!
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