TOP TIPS ON WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION!
More than any other question, clients always ask what to wear to their family portrait session. Coordinating your outfits can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! This post covers tons of tips to help you with styling.
GENERAL FAMILY CLOTHING & OUTFIT TIPS
WANT A FOOL-PROOF FORMULA?
Put most of the family in different neutral shades (i.e. ivory, gray, beige) and then add a few pops of coordinating color.
1. START WITH ONE PERSON
It’s way easier to visualise the whole puzzle once you know what one piece looks like! Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tend to have more colours and prints.
2. COMPLEMENT, DONT MATCH.
The day of all white shirts and khaki pants or blue jeans are long past! We want colours that generally complement each other: so for instance, soft colours (light blue, grey, blush) or warm colours (brown, mustard, burgundy), If you want colourful images, then you should choose a more vivid colour scheme for your outfits! Earthy and muted tones are my favourite, they photograph beautifully and are timeless.
GENERALLY SOLIDS WORK BEST!
Pops of pattern can definitely look great, but if you’re looking for a fail-proof family combination, go with solids. To keep things from looking boring, include textures (think chunky knits, tulle, lace, etc). Avoid tiny prints, especially small plaid and small stripes.
3. FOR LARGER FAMILIES, STICK TO ONE OUTFIT.
For larger families, I recommend to not make things more complicated than they need to be! All you need for an awesome family session is one outfit for everyone. Changing outfits will take time away from your shoot. I always, however, recommend a change of clothing for babies and toddlers
4. CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR
If you’re planning to hang your images in your living room that’s decorated in all white, you probably don’t want your clothing to be dark. If you’re hanging them in a colorful nursery, then wear vivid outfits.
5. PLAN FOR THE WEATHER
Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable in a perfect outfit. Make sure you won’t be too hot or cold in the chosen outfit. Its always a good idea to bring an extra layer of sweater, cardigan or even a shawl (for mamas) for evenings. It can be surprisingly cool once the sun goes down even for an Australian summer evening. Plus layering adds depth and looks great in the pictures!
6. SHOES ARE IMPORTANT TOO!
These are often the forgotten last element, but they can really make or break your outfits! If you can’t find shoes you love, consider going barefoot (just bring walking shoes to get from point A to point B). Steer away from athletic shoes and bright white sneakers.
7. TRY ON CLOTHES WELL IN ADVANCE!
Try-on your outfit well in advance to make sure its flattering and you feel comfortable in it. That confidence will show in the photos. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that we can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down).
8. ASK FOR HELP!
Having photographed a number of families over the years, I have learned what outfits look flattering in the photos and I absolutely love to help my clients choose the right outfits. My session fee includes consultation for clothing and I would even go as far as spending my evenings searching for your perfect outfit online. Just give me a budget to work with and I will find something amazing for you to wear at the session. If you have any other questions, please contact me today and we can discuss your family portrait outfits.