This is part of the style series for “What to Wear For Your Family Photo Shoot.” Get the basics so you’ll know where to start.
*Remember, you’re creating memories to look back on for years to come.
- Wear characters on your clothing (Batman, Mickey Mouse, Nike).
- Match with the same tops, same bottoms, or same colors. This will date you back 20 years!
- Include too many patterns (checkers with florals with plaid).
- Add too many colors (especially if they don’t work together).
- Wear inappropriately for the season (tank tops for winter).
- Overdress like you’re going to a wedding.
- Rule of thumb is to dress your Sunday best (Denim is allowed though).
- Add your own flare.
- Include some patterns in a couple outfits.
- Choose a dark color as your base.
- Denim/khaki/corduroys are great for bases.
- Include about 3-5 colors.
- Use different textures and fabrics for interest.
- Make sure your colors are complimentary (artistically and/or metaphorically!) For example- Pink and orange may not be the best combinations for your bright colors.
- Keep in mind the colors of your home if you want to use photos for your walls.
- Be mindful of details like jewelry and shoes. (Sneakers may not work for every outfit.)
(A reminder that I am by no means a fashion blogger or stylist! These are my observations from 3 years of family photography.)
Are you at a loss on how to stylistically coordinate the whole family?? Need some examples or inspiration on what to wear? No worries, the first question I get asked is what they should wear. So I created a mood board (a stylistic collage) of possible clothing combinations for a family, using a classic color like navy as their main color. Check that post out here.