What to Wear for Your Family Portrait

July 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Your session is booked and you finally corralled your family, but now what? What does a family wear to a portrait session so you all look like you are part of a same group?  More importantly what does a family or anyone wear to their portrait session so that you portrait will not only look beautiful on your wall today, but be a timeless piece of art to be treasured forever.

You could spend hours on Pinterest gleaning ideas both good and not so good or you can talk with your portrait photographer. A good portrait photographer will guide you through some choices and give you some direction. However, if your family is accustomed to a certain look and feel you don’t want to stuff them all in clothing that they are not comfortable in.  It might result in a mutiny that will leave you pulling your hair out. Part of the portrait experience is to capture the essence of you and your family.

Many people will say “Just do the black shirt and jeans,”   While that is a Classic option, it doesn’t always work for everyone. What does work? Color schemes where there are one to three colors with similar tones or soft patterns work well together. For example the kids will wear teal, the mother will wear a blue shirt with the same tone, but wear a teal scarf and the father would wear a similar blue shirt to mom, tying them all together. This can change if you are a very large group and want to set various family groups apart, an example would be at a family reunion.

A few other suggestions would be:

¨ Stay away from really large patterns, strong logos and extremely bright colors.

¨ Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow & long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies.

¨ Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach).

¨ Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic. Same goes for nail polish.

¨ Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes.

If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session. Just remember your portrait session is about you and your family. The goal is of your session to capture what your family is all about and the connections you have to each other, so, relax, be comfortable in what you are wearing 

For more ideas Follow me on Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/outdoorgirl45/what-to-wear-for-senior-portraits/

 


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