I often get asked “What should we wear to our family session” so I thought I would do a quick post with a few tips to help you feel and look your best!
Our family portrait sessions are all about capturing the moments, the expressions and the interaction between family. Clothing is a perfect opportunity to express the personality of each family member. Below are our suggestions to help you cut down that agonising task of choosing the perfect clothing for your family portrait session.
Matching is out. Coordinating is in.
It can be tempting to match everyone in identical outfits, however I discourage this because it can often make the final images look a little “stiff.” Instead I suggest choosing a colour palette that you love and dressing everyone around it, you will create a family that looks like they belong together while still celebrating everyone’s uniqueness.
Choose a colour scheme
When choosing a colour scheme I suggest selecting two to three main colours to work with. This will give you more flexibility when it comes to dressing the entire family. It will also really make your images pop! As I mentioned earlier you want to coordinate, not match. Start by choosing the colour/s you want to work with and find different pieces that incorporate some or all of the colors you’ve chosen.
Layers and accessories are your friend
Layers and textures are beautiful and create interest in photos. Multiple textures and layers are especially important when working with a neutral of soft color palette. Adding some fun textures to your outfits, such as stylish knit sweaters and scarves, wool skirts and pants, a smooth satin blouse or even a flowing sheer shawl will all add variation to your photos.
Say no to bold patterns and prints
Avoid clothing items with logos, graphics, characters, labels, etc. These tend to take the “finished” look of a professional portrait down a few notches and can be distracting; it also will date a photo quickly.
Lay It All Out
Take the outfits you’ve pulled for each person and lay them all out together. Does the combination look pleasing to the eye? Does it need another pop? Have a few accessories on hand and swap things around until it looks right to you. This is much easier to do than dressing and undressing the kids!
A few other tips..
Don’t forget to touch up that manicure/pedicure as well, nothing worse than chipped nail polish.
Consider investing in professional hair and make-up, not only is it a wonderful confidence-boost but it’s also fun to treat yourself!
To help you further visualise all the above tips here are some inspiration guides
Katey is a Brisbane Family Photographer.