One of the most common questions that I receive after booking a session is "What should we wear?" I've collected a few of my favorite easy-to-follow tips on how to style yourself and your family for your portrait session.
1. Coordinate, but don't match.
Well coordinated outfits can make a family session go from ordinary to extraordinary! However, instead of dressing everyone in identical colors or patterns (for example: white shirts and khaki pants, everyone in polka-dots, etc.), choose a few corresponding colors from a color palette that you love and find clothes that fit into that color scheme.
2. Be cautious with patterns.
Now, I LOVE a good floral or a flannel, but an abundance of pattern can be very distracting in a family photo. When looking at an image, you want the eye to be drawn to your family's faces--not the pattern that they're wearing. (Note: this applies especially to the kiddos. Clothing items for little ones tend to be brightly colored, patterned, or have television characters--a big distraction in family photos. It can be helpful to find solids, neutrals, or subtle patterns for them). That being said, a bit of pattern that corresponds with the color scheme can work very well! It's all about balance.
3. Look for clothing collections.
Often times, stores will have color-coordinating collections for the whole family. It can be helpful to try and shop at the same store for everyone. If that isn't a possibility, you can bring along a piece of clothing that you've already purchased for your session as a reference to help coordinate the rest of your clothing purchases!
4. Keep your location in mind.
Make sure to plan your wardrobe to coordinate with your venue and the current season. For instance, you wouldn't want to wear bright colors and patterns with a backdrop of brilliantly colored fall leaves, or beige and white in a very neutrally colored field of tall grass.
5. Go for timeless.
When selecting your clothes for your session, try to think about something that you're still going to love 10 years from now. Aim for a classic look that won't come and go. Avoid clothes that are very distinctively trendy, because trends tend to date your photos.