The most common question we are asked before a family photo shoot, is what should we wear? We have come up with a few tips so everyone feels comfortable and confident!
Here are some general guidelines that will help you choose the perfect clothing for your family’s next photo session!
START WITH ONE OUTFIT
It’s a lot easier to coordinate everyone's outfits once you know what one piece looks like! Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tend to have more colors and prints.
STAY AWAY FROM MATCHY MATCHY
Everyone in white shirts and blue jeans are a thing of the past! Everyone does NOT need to match! Choose colors that complement each other: for example; soft colors (light blue, gray, blush) or warm colors (brown, orange, burgundy).
Once you’ve nailed down your location, you can think about color options for the whole family! If you’re taking pictures outdoors, solid colors are your friend with a few patterns mixed in. Using a combination of deep and neutral undertones, set in lush green woods or on sandy beaches will look the best. If you’re indoors, think about your surroundings. Don’t pick colors that clash with colors in the room. Or colors that will blend in. We also recommend to use more muted colors. No bright red, oranges, blue, etc.
Shoes can make or break your outfit! If you can’t find shoes you love, consider going barefoot (just bring walking shoes to get from point A to point B). Stay away from athletic shoes and bright white sneakers.
TRY THEM ON
Check your outfits from all possible angles in the mirror, not just the one you like best. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that we can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down). Check clothing for wrinkles, animal hair & stains.
LAYERS AND ACCESSORIES
Quickest way to take your outfits from average to amazing! Think scarves, blazers, cardigans, belts, jewelry, fun socks, and hats.
You don't want your clothing to be too baggy or too tight. Properly fitted clothing will not only make you feel comfortable, but will show your shape. For women, your upper half and lower half should be balanced: for example; blousy shirt + skinny pants, or tight shirt + flowing skirt.
Even if you’re planning to use these images for your holiday cards, steer away from holiday-colored clothing and let your card design incorporate those instead. That way you’ll be able to enjoy your images year-round!
Button-down or structured shirts generally look better in photos. If you have your heart set on a t-shirt, try layering a blazer on top.
TINY PLAID & COMPLICATED PATTERNS
These don’t always translate well in-camera.
Most important, comfort is key!