One of the most common questions, I get asked as a photographer is… What do I wear?? So today I wanted to share my top tips on what to wear for Family Portraits… with some actual examples of some outfits that work well together.
WHAT DO WE WEAR?
Here are my top tips on what to wear for your family portrait session.
TIP #1 – SMART CASUAL DRESS IS BEST!
When considering your clothing choices for your family portrait, I always suggest smart casual clothing choices. The photos always look better if you are a little dressier.
TIP #2 – COMPLIMENT NOT CONFLICT
When choosing the outfits for the members of your family, you should always try and compliment the colours that you are wearing. Try not to use anything with really bold patterns, loud stripes or distinctive logos as these all put together can really over power the people featured in your portrait. You don’t have to all be perfectly matching or dressed from head to toe in the one colour. Select items that have good colour, texture (knits, ruffles and denim) and don’t forget to bring accessories! Try to consider clothing items that have solid colours, subtle prints or checks and colours of a similar tonal range. Ie. Blue could be your colour tone – a dark blue button up shirt with long jeans for Dad, a blue and white subtle pattern dress for Mum and a blue t-shirts for the kids. Here are a few great colour choices:
Light – faded denim, beige, cream, soft pastels or white|
Medium – mid denim, greens, blues, light grey, light browns, neutrals, pinks Dark – dark denim, red, navy, brown, purples, dark grey or black
TIP #3 – LAY THE CLOTHES OUT & FIND OUT WHAT JUMPS OUT
If you are unsure about what clothes you think will work together, lay them all out on a bed, close the door and don’t go back into that room for a couple of hours. Then open the door and if anything really sticks out to your eye, then it will do the same in your portrait. If nothing sticks out, then the clothing choices you have made are perfect.
TIP #4 – DON’T FORGET YOUR SHOES
As well as considering your outfit choices, make sure that you think about the shoes you will be wearing as they will be photographed as well. Closed in shoes for the boys and in a darker colour always look classy and dressy shoes for the girls. Try and avoid thongs as these don’t photograph as well and can make you look a little scruffy.
TIP #5 – DON’T FORGET YOUR MAKE UP LADIES
We encourage all the ladies to wear make up for their family portraits. To ensure you have the best results, ensure that you foundation is smooth, a little bit heavier than normal and that you blend it from your face right down to neck so you don’t have any make up lines.
TIP #6 – LONG PANTS FOR THE BOYS
For the men in the photographs (especially dads and teenagers) long dress pants or jeans always look much better than shorts. Long pants teemed with a button up dress shirt always makes for a smart yet casual look.
TIP #7 – AVOID CLINGY, ILL-FITTING CLOTHES
Ladies especially, make sure that you avoid clothes that cling to your skin and show all your lumps and bumps. Clothing that is tailored, well fitted and a little bit looser always photographs better and you will be much more comfortable during your session. Avoid boob tube tops and thin straps and think about tops/dresses that have wider straps or sleeves.
TIP#8 – DON’T FORGET THE ACCESSORIES & PROPS
Girls we just love our accessories – don’t forget to include them in your family portrait session. You can bring your favourite necklaces, bracelets, scarves, hair accessories and of course shoes. And let’s not forget about the boys. Maybe a favourite hat or beanie. And for younger kids, feel free to bring along their favourite toys – blanket, dolls, skateboards. We can mix and match with all of these things and create a variety of interesting family portraits.
So that’s it folks! My top 8 tips on what to think about when selecting your clothing for your family portrait session. Just remember, you don’t all have to match, pick clothes that you are comfortable in and are part of your style!!