Hey Momma! It’s finally time for some updated family photos! Woohoo! Congrats! Now what to wear….
Sometimes finding what to wear can be just as hard as it was finding the photographer you wanted. Here are some tips I’ve taken from my Portrait Style Guide (included in every family portrait session) to help you quickly figure out the best outfits!
DRESSES & SKIRTS –
First tip is for the moms. When choosing what to wear, ALWAYS say yes to the dress. Dresses & skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera. When considering length – if you have smaller children go with longer skirts since you will most likely be sitting or crouching to interact up-close with them.
FLATTERING YOUR FEATURES –
I know I have my list of things I’m not a fan of on my body! It is important to recognize these in advance to make sure you choose pieces that will flatter. Choose flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features, awesome body, and gorgeous eyes and hair. This will ensure you feel great and love the way you look in the photos.
PRO TIPS – Heels will make your legs appear super long and ¾ length sleeves are longer are best so you don’t have to worry about your arms!
LIMIT PATTERNS AND AVOID CHARACTERS –
I know your cute daughter LOVES Frozen, but Elsa is going to be very distracting in your photos. Characters and patterns can be distracting in photos. Avoid characters at all costs and keep patterns to a minimum so the focus is on your faces, not dad’s flannel.
LOOK AT HOME DECOR –
These will be hanging proudly in your home, so take a look around and see what colors you tend to decorate with. Do you tend to decorate with neutrals? Maybe keep the outfits in neutral, light tones. Keep these things in mind so your photos flow with your home decor.
CHOOSING COLORS –
The best colors on camera are softer and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and you all as a family.
COORDINATING YOUR OUTFITS –
Gone are the days of being matchy-matchy and wearing the same colors. Your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match”. Avoid matching and think about what fits together. This allows different personalities to shine and will create visual interest. Think in terms of dominant colors and accent colors. If you can aim for each person to have a different dominant color and then tie in varying accent colors, you’ll have outfit perfection.
Example: Mom in a blush dress, nude heels, and soft blue earrings. Daughter in soft blue top and white tulle skirt. Son wears beige pants, navy suspenders and white button down, etc.
MIX UP THE PIECES –
If you have multiple children, do not feel like you need to put them in the same outfit. One daughter could wear flats and a dress and the other can wear boots and a skirt. One son in bowtie, and the other in suspenders.
Hopefully these tips and tricks help you and relieve some stress when it comes to finding the perfect outfits for your family portraits! Now time to do some online shopping 😉
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