What to Wear for your Family Session
One of the biggest things clients struggle with is “What to Wear”. I, personally, struggle with this for our family photos. Having 4 kids all about 3 years apart put us all over the place size wise, so coordination is tricky.
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Step 1 : What is the purpose of these images?
Are you wanting these for above your mantle?
Start with a pop of color in the room or stay neutral. Warm neutrals include ivory, tan, caramel and brown tones. Cool neutrals include white, shades of grey and black (sometimes navy works as a neutral too)
Do you love black and white images?
If you know that you tend to gravitate towards black and white images, opt for clothing pieces that include texture. Sweaters, plaid, corduroy, etc.
Step 2 : Building a color scheme
Once you have decided on a starting point (step 1) you can add colors from there.
- Stay away from neon colors. They do not photograph well and furthermore do nothing positive for anyone’s skin tones.
- If your session is being held outside, stay away from too much green. While you can have too much of a good thing, green as an accent color is fine.
Below is a great site you can explore color options on. You get to see potential colors side by side. You can even upload an image and pull colors directly from it.
Step 3 : Who is the hardest person to buy for?
Mom, do you hate shopping for yourself? (I do.)
Do you have a toddler with a tiny waist? (I do.)
Start with that person. Pick something you love for that person and build from it.
- Buy clothes to fit the kids, rather than with room to grow. I know how hard it is when you have kids and you want to buy them things they can wear for a while. But I promise you, if you are investing in family photos, one outfit that truly fits them, will be worth it.
- Make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing. There is nothing worse than feel self conscious during a photoshoot.
- Layers & Accessories are a great way to bring another color to an outfit.
What NOT to wear
- Logo or Graphic Tees : This usually cheapens the over all feel of the images however, solid tees are the same great inexpensive and casual option.
- Jeans & White shirts : This is an over used and out dated look.
- Teeny Tiny Plaid : This print does NOT photograph well. Think optical illusion pictures, it messes with your eyes.
- Neon Colors (See step 1)
- Baseball Hats: Baseball hats leave a pretty substantial shadow on your face. So, even with photoshop, it is hard to lighten it to the extent usually needed.
Most of all, remember to let personalities shine through. Do not be afraid to let your little ones have a say in what they wear. I cannot count the times a sweet kid has had a grumpy face because they didn’t want to wear “that”. In addition, please bring any special items that will make your session unique to you.