Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t need to be. Use these tips to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family.
We are going for casual dressy - or depending on the season to match.
Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.
Just bring your individual taste to the picture. A good rule is parents neutral and kids can go crazy. Avoid the typical jeans and the exact same white t-shirt. A nice one is for boys to wear jeans and girls dresses.
Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.
Wear something that you've tried and tested. It has to be comfortable, it has to fit, it has to boost your confidence. It shows in the picture.
DO NOT WEAR BUSY PATTERNS.
I can date a picture from a pattern. Keep it simple. Also, avoid big trendy logos on boys shirts. Boys look great with a shirt with a collar, even if it's a golf shirt.
SAY NO TO CHARACTERS.
Yes, your little one may love their Star Wars shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.
AVOID ALL WHITE OR ALL BLACK CLOTHES.
If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.
TEXTURES ARE YOUR FRIEND.
I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
For this one put on some mascara, blush and lip tint as a minimum. Foundation and eyeliner are a bonus. Lips stains are the way to go to have a natural reddish pout that lasts through the shoot.
- A favourite toy for me to hold to keep baby/kids attention.