Choosing clothing for your family portrait does NOT have to be stressful! I repeat. Choosing clothing for your family portrait does NOT have to be stressful!Did you hear me that time? Here are some quick tips to choosing.
1. Choose a style.
-Formal or causal? In other words.. Don’t mix a tux with jeans. Not okay. My style is more relaxed and whimsical, so you won’t often find me shooting formal sessions.
2. Take your time!
-These images are going to be around for a while. Choosing your clothing will make or break the entire look of your images.
3. Throw in a wildcard.
-In the image below, the flowery romper would be the wildcard. It’s the one with the print, it stands out. You don’t want too much pattern going on because it can tend to look busy, but you can certainly have it. Don’t be afraid of pattern!
-Avoid low cut &/or sleeveless tops. With the image above, I might add a cardigan on mom, even if she had rockin’ arms! The reason being, too much exposed skin can cause overexposed faces AND it draws attention AWAY from your pretty face!!! When taking a group picture, we want the attention to be on FACES not on arms and limbs and boobies! Individual portraits follow different rules, but for groups, this is a great rule of thumb. Also, PLEASE avoid large logos or words on shirts. Yuck!
5. How many are in your group?
-If you have a lot in your group, pattern is not the way to go. Forget what I said before.If you have more than 7 or 8, stick to a color scheme. Instead of everyone in the typical white polo with jeans, have everyone wear white but in different forms: White dress, white sweater with jeans, one can be in a blue top with a white skirt even so there is still cohesiveness without everyone being overly matchy-matchy!
-Shoes. Hair. Nails.
Here are some examples of great clothing choices!I love being a part of the whole process & always encourage my clients to send me pictures of their outfits if they’re unsure if it will look good!