Fall is upon us which means here are the thoughts of holiday greeting cards! Maybe it’s the beauty of fall that makes everyone anxious for family portraits? Maybe it’s the urge to begin creating those cards that will soon make their way to the mailboxes of family and friends? Whatever it is, fall is a beautiful season for any and all, photography! As a photographer, I often get asked for tips on portrait wardrobes. I mean, dressing ourselves all pretty and perfect can be simple (well, maybe…sometimes?) but let’s face it, add a husband and a couple kiddos and things can get a little extra stressful! How do we coordinate yet not look matchy? Well, I am here to help! Here are “Five Tips for Accomplishing the Perfect Family Photo Outfits,” straight from yours truly.
Just because you have decided you want your little man in teal, does not mean EVERYONE in the family has to wear teal, too! Matching colors perfectly is rare! By rare, I am being generous–ladies, it just does not happen. Unless it’s coming from the same store, in the same fabric, cut from the same dye lot; it will not be the same! A photo will capture just how different your shades of teal are so, stay away from dressing everyone in one color. Not to mention; borrrrring!
2. Choose a color palette.
Rather than trying to focus on one color, coordinate a palette. Choose a few colors you want to use; one pop of color (something bold + fun), add in a coordinating color (a compliment color to your bold choice) and a few neutrals. So, if we are going with teal (which I must add, is a super trendy, fall color) you may want to select mustard, yellow OR deep red as your coordinating color. Then, for neutrals maybe light gray and dark gray; or some beige and cognac! Tie in your bold color by wearing a bold statement piece or better yet, a scarf; hello fabulous fall!
3. Don’t be scared of patterns but be careful with patterns!
Most patterns are actually okay! However, be careful not to step into graphic overkill! Simple patterns are always best. Overwhelming patterns can usually be difficult to photograph well, too! Oh, and hey here’s a bonus tip; maybe this is where you get your color palette, from tip #2. You may find a great piece of clothing that you want your daughter (son, husband; whoever) to wear that’s a pattern; choose colors out of that piece to create your color scheme!
4. Location, location, location.
It’s important to choose your outfits based on where and what! If you are taking photos near a body of water, choose colors that will make your surroundings blend in nicely! Foliage in your photos? Pick colors that will compliment reds, oranges, yellows and greens!
It’s important to plan outfits everyone will be comfortable in. It’s just as important to lay everything out, accessories and all, beforehand. I don’t mean the day before, I’m talking a week or so! You want to allow time to swap pieces in or out of the mix! Snap a photo of everything together and see just how it looks! Maybe you’ll decide to change a few pieces, maybe you’ll decide you did fabulous on the first try!
Now that you have the perfect outfits remember this: family pictures are a glimpse into moments we will never see again. Enjoy your time with your family and your photographer! You will have these photos for years to come.
For more information on a family session with me, feel free to reach out! I’d love to share your story!