Your family portraits are special so it’s important to consider what you will be wearing. The task can be daunting but here are some tips in helping you find the perfect wardrobe for your family. After all, these photographs will be hanging on your walls & cherished for years to come.
Start off by taking a look at your home décor where these photographs will most likely be hanging. You want to make sure that the color scheme you choose for your wardrobe will complementary to your home décor. Also, consider where your portraits are going to be taken and what time of year it is. Dressing too formal for an outdoor or rustic session will create a clash in your images and vice versa. Think classic! These photographs will be hanging on your walls and treasured year from now. Choosing simple, classic clothing will help you achieve timeless images we all dream of.
Forget matching! It is better to choose a color scheme of a few different colors rather everyone wearing the same color. When shopping, look for clothing that is offered in color coordinating collections. Some stores that offer great collections for the whole family include Old Navy, the Gap, Kohl’s, and JC Penney. Provided here are some color schemes to consider.
Patterns are great but they can come off too busy in group portraits. To incorporate patterns, remember to pair them with coordinating solids and limit the number of people wearing patterns. We know with children, cartoon characters are popular but we suggest saying no to clothing with them on as it can be distracting.
Textures are a great way to add dimension to your clothing in the portraits. Scarves, cardigans, and jackets are little ways you can enhance your outfits. However, be careful adding too many layers to smaller bodies – it will make them appear shorter and rounder than what they are because of their smaller frame. Another way you can add dimension to your wardrobe is with accessories such as fun jewelry, hats, hair accessories, and even bow ties and suspenders.
Finally, prepare your wardrobe more than a day in advance. Make sure everyone’s outfit is well fitted and easy to move around in (especially for the children). Have your clothing and footwear clean and wrinkle free. For little ones, it may be wise to wait to put them in their clothing until right before the session so no messes happen between home and the session location.
Some other things to note – for small children that it may be hard to keep the attention of, consider bringing something for them to do in between poses and when they are not in the current photo. We typically bring snack as rewards for children for after the session so just be aware we may bribe your children if we have issue getting smiles out of them. It would also be wise to have some wet wipes, comb/brush, anything you need for touch ups handy. We carry bug spray, wet wipes, a couple blankets, sunscreen, bottled water, and snacks with us in case needed as well. Your outside session may include sitting in the grass, in case the grass may be wet or someone is easily irritated, we recommend having a blanket of your choice with you or you can use the ones that we carry with us.
If you have any questions or would like help choosing your outfits, contact us and we would be happy to help anyway we can!