12 tips for dressing for your Family Photo Shoot:
Deciding on what outfits to wear for your family photos can often be more difficult than the photo shoot itself. It feels like the pressure is on because these are photos you are likely going to hang on your walls and will be cherishing for many years. It can understandably feel very overwhelming when trying to figure out what to wear but honestly, it doesn’t need to be.
Our team at Hometown Printing and Tripp Creative Photography are more than willing to answer any questions you may have abut your photo shoot and we work with you to ensure that you and your family feel at ease. In the meantime, here are some neat tips that will help it simple to pick out the perfect wardrobe and when the photo day comes, I promise, it will be great and you will feel more than ready!
1) Coordinate your colours but don’t match.
This statement can sound confusing but it really isn’t. Gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching blue jeans. Instead, it is much better to pick a couple of distinctive colours and choose different clothing that will fit that pallet. If someone has a shirt or dress that they want to wear and it has a pattern with a few colours in it, pull from that and use it as your inspiration.
2) Limit the use of patterns.
I know, I just said you could wear a pattern… but not everyone. It is absolutely great having an outfit in the mix that has some or all of the colours being used in it, especially for the group shots. It can even work well if there are two different patters happening but the colour family is the same. However, it is important that not everyone in the photo is wearing a pattern; in the end it can be super distracting when looking at the final image.
3) Just say no to characters.
Yes, patterns can be great but lets face it, your little one may love their Disney Princess shirt right now but it’s definitely best to skip it for the family photos. Characters on shirts will often interfere with positioning and usually take away from the overall image.
4) Think classic and timeless.
As your kids (and you) grow older, these photos will be cherished and likely still hanging on your walls. By utilizing the first three points to help you narrow down your selection you can then choose items that are simple and classic. If you’re not wearing anything overly trendy it will help give your images a timeless feel no matter how any years have passed.
5) Avoiding all white or all black clothing.
It can be very easy when trying to pick something classic, that’s not busy, to end up with white and black as your main options. However, if you end up wearing an all white or all black it is very simple for the outfit (and therefore you) to lose a lot of detail in the shot, making it difficult for the photographer to try and capture everything accordingly.
6) Textures are more than welcome.
An easy way to add something special to a photo without being overpowering is to incorporate different textures. Everyone in a plain cotton shirt is a great concept at first however; in photographs adding things like scarves, belts or different fabrics and washes in materials like denim can add that little detail to the final image and makes it feel more personal.
7) Try some accessories.
On the topic of adding texture, accessories not only add to an outfit but they can be utilized in photos. Have someone bring a hat or wear a tie that can be utilized in a couple of shots. Kids also love to play with necklaces and scarves, they could also peak from behind that hat as well, making it a more interactive and natural experience for them.
8) Keep an eye out for clothing collections.
By no means feel the need to go out and buy all new clothes for everyone to wear… But, if the occasion of family photos presents the opportunity for you to go and find some neat new outfits then keep in mind the fact that lots of children’s clothing places have color coordinating collections. It’s a great way to know that the items go together without matching too much and takes some pressure off of the parents, especially when multiple children are involved.
9) Think about your background.
Contrast is your friend. If you are going to be taking photos in a studio with a simple backdrop, what you are wearing can be even more important, especially when all solid colours are involved. If the colours you are wearing are too similar to the backdrop it can pose a huge problem for the photographer and the final image. If you are going to be taking your photos outside then try and choose something that suites that location. If you are using a farmer’s cornfield as a setting, you don’t have to dress in all denim and cowboy boots but you don’t need to be in a three-piece suite either. Chose what you feel is appropriate but true to your own personal style.
10) Look at your decor.
When picking an outfit for your photos its not just about looking cohesive as a group, you also want to work in the space you will be using these photos. You will likely be hanging the pictures in your house and you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home. Maybe you want to add a pop of colour in the image if your house is mostly neutrals or you want to keep with that look and stay within your usual colour scheme. Where the pictures are going to end up isn’t a must know situation but if you have an idea it can be helpful when deciding on your outfits.
11) Plan ahead!
At the end of the day, as long as you give yourself time to figure it out, you will be perfectly prepared when picture day comes. Booking family portraits is never really a last minute thing, you’ve probably been thinking about it for a little while, so why leave the outfits to the last minute? Once you book your session (or even before), start brainstorming right away. You might think certain clothes still fit your kids or that your favorite shirt will probably be clean but if you wait until the day before (not to mention the day of), you will more than likely run into an issue and end up in a scramble.
12) Enjoy yourself!
It all comes down to the fact that you want these photos to capture a moment in time with the people you love. If you have given yourself ample opportunity to prepare and have picked out clothing that you all feel good in, then you will certainly see that in your pictures. You don’t want to be rushing out the door in an outfit you just threw together on a whim and feel stressed out during your shoot. Have your clothes ready to go so you can get ready with ease and show up feeling like the awesome team that you are! Understand that nothing in life is absolutely flawless but your photos will be perfect because it is your family, and what’s better than that?!
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