What To Wear For A Family Portrait Session

■ Allow your family to be the captivating focal point of your shots with these family photo outfit do’s and don’ts.Plan your outfits in advance. The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be. Plus, it never hurts to have options especially when you’re dressing your kids. Lay each family member’s outfit out together while planning so you can get a good idea how the pieces will look next to each other. This will allow you a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. That way, you can make sure that you’re not missing any essential clothing items.

■ Try to choose coordinating colours, not matching. You can accomplish a cohesive look without every family member wearing the exact same outfit. In fact, that can seem a little too matchy-matchy. By selecting a colour scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural look across the board. Pick two main colours and then add softer tones to accent and complete your colour scheme. To find examples of colour pallets head to the following LINK

■ You could also consider your home decor style when choosing what to wear. It’s possible a few of these photos will end up on the walls in your home and on display for a long time, so make sure that the clothing you select blends in with the colour scheme of your home.

■ Another helpful tip to consider is the location of your photoshoot. Select a colour palette for your outfits that will compliment the setting and pick colours that will complement your background, not compete with it.

■ Seasons can help with your outfits. Each season is associated with different colours, weather and landscapes and can be an important element to consider when picking out what everyone will be wearing. For example, burnt orange, deep red and browns are good autumnal colours.

■ Limit distracting patterns and large logos. Articles of clothing with multiple patterns or large logos can become a distraction. Strong prints and abstract patterns can overpower your photo. Avoid items that clash and stick to one pattern or textural element for your portrait session.

■ Pick a top with sleeves at least to the elbow, this is because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention.

■ Choose long trousers or jeans for men and women, or alternatively for women a skirt below the knee so that your legs don’t take attention away from your face, and you will be able to sit and bend without feeling too on show.

■ Choose dark socks and footwear because white sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait.

■ Be practical with the clothing. This is an important thing to keep in mind for every family member but especially for your little ones. If your kids are not comfortable then you’re going to be in for a long shoot. Be sure that everyone is comfortable with their clothing to ensure smiles all round.

■ Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos. Accessories are great style pieces that add to your individual outfits and can even tie family members’ outfits together. Accessories will also give your photos variation. Think scarves, hats, gloves and belts.

■ Select outfits that will make for a timeless portrait. When you look in your closet to find the perfect family portrait outfits try to think ‘classic’. Styles come and go but your photos are forever.

■ Style your hair the way that you normally would while wearing these clothes – no fancy up dos with jeans, no pony tails with evening gowns, etc. If you’re getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.

Have fun playing stylist and let your family’s personalities shine.


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