Dressing for Your Family Portrait Session

March 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

With Easter - and the ever elusive spring weather - right around the corner, family portrait season is in full swing. That being said, this seemed like the perfect time to share some dos and don’ts of dressing for your family photos.

 

1. Coordinate Colors - Don’t Match
Long gone are the days where we dress our family in matching outfits from top to bottom. Rather than dressing everyone in blue jeans and white shirts, choose a color scheme and create outfits based on it. If you’ve found a beautiful patterned dress you absolutely love, pull the other family members’ colors from it. I think you’ll find it’s much more flattering to the eyes.

 

2. Avoid Characters
While that Ninja Turtles t-shirt might be your son’s very favorite, it will be distracting in your photos. Likewise, large logos and screen printed shirts should be avoided.

 

3. Accessories and Props
Accessories can make the outfit. A treasured memento from a loved one or a bright pop of color from a scarf will only add to your look. Props can be useful as well. Here’s a good compromise. Rather than wearing his favorite character, consider some photos with something meaningful to your little one - that blankie grandma knitted you can’t leave home without, a family keepsake, or even his stuffed animal.

 

4. Shoes Matter
Ask any woman and she’ll tell you that the shoes can make or break the outfit. If Dad's wearing his white sneakers with his black dress pants, it will probably be more noticeable than you might anticipate.

 

5. Get Comfortable and Be Yourself
If your little one isn’t acclimated to stiff clothes and a bow tie, he’s going to spend the whole session tugging and twisting and adjusting his clothes. Uncomfortable kiddos = grouchy kiddos. Instead, choose something that really draws from their personalities. The same goes for the adults. If a flowing dress or a suit and tie aren’t your cup of tea, don’t be afraid to throw on some jeans!

 

6. Consider Where Your Portraits Will Be Displayed
You want to keep in mind how you’re going to use your photos when considering your outfits. If your intentions are to send out holiday cards to family and friends, seasonal colors and patterns will work beautifully. When displaying in your home, you want to consider your decor. Choose something you can keep up year round and that complements your home.

 

7. Consider Where Your Portraits Will Be Taken
Just like with your home decor, you want to make sure your attire complements your surroundings during your session. If you’re having photos taken in studio, your photographer will have backdrops to choose from to coordinate with your needs. If you’re having your photos taken outdoors, you’ll want to consider what will be seen in your photos. If possible, scope it out. See what color flowers are in bloom or what kind of backgrounds you’ll be in front of.

 

8. Get a Visual
Last but not least, lay it all out so you can see it clearly. Find a spot on your floor and put all of your outfits on display. This will give you a good chance to see exactly how it’s all going to fit together and make any adjustments beforehand. Another good resource is Polyvore.com. It’s more or less the same concept done digitally. You can build your outfits and add your accessories on the website or the app to get a clear picture of the outfits all together.

 

 

Interested in learning more about family portraits at Sensational Images Studios and Entertainment?

Please visit our Family Photo page! Dressing for Your Family Portrait Session


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