More than any other question, I am always asked by clients what they should wear to their family session. What you wear sets the tone for your pictures, so choosing your outfits can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! The most important thing to rememeber is that your clothing should reflect your own personal style, you should feel comfortable and wear what makes you feel good.
Here is a quick guide of some do’s and don’ts for your family portrait session:
Consider your home decor
When you are picking a color scheme, please bear in mind that these colors will be the colors displaying on your wall so you would like your images match with the interior of your house.
Colors, patterns and layers
I recommend that you start by selecting a base of 2-3 colors and carry those through the outfits so that everything “goes” together but doesn’t match. Keep in mind that the colors you choose for each family member do not have to match, but they should look nice together. Mix neutrals with some accent colors. Neutral colors create a soft and elegant style, and will give your images a timeless feel.
Add layers to your outift. Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can add visual interest to your images . Textures are wonderful too! Think lace, ribbons, ruffles, crochet, and embroidery.
Patterns can make your wardrobe look less boring and add some texture! When choosing patterns, look for small simple patterns in soft or neutral colors. Stay away from loud patterns and say no to character tshirts etc.
Here are some classic and neutral color schemes:
3. Don’t forget the accesories
You can really play up an outfit and add personality and interest to your photos with accessories. Accessorize but keep it simple. Hats, scarves which are easily exchangeable can add touches to the photos. Fresh florals in a crown can be a really romantic touch for you or your girls as well.
4. Let’s talk footwear
Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe and they make the whole look cohesive. Steer clear of flip-flops, runners/sneakers, or shoes that are too worn out.
5. Consider your location
Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. You don’t want to blend with your background. If you want natural looking, relaxed images, dress in a way that’s appropriate for your location. For example, if you’re shooting your family photos down by the beach, then light summery clothes and bare feet will be perfect.
6. Just relax
I want you to have fun picking your clothes. Use resources like Pinterest or photography websites for examples you like of coordinated families. Once you pick out your clothes, relax! Sit back and enjoy your session!
IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS WE CAN DISCUSS IT MORE AT THE SESSION CONSULTATION!