Wanna know what the number one question I get asked after I get booked for a photoshoot? Get ready. I bet you already guessed it ‘cause you’ve probably wondered yourself.
What should we wear for our family session?
I have to admit I worry about the same thing when I’m going to have my photo taken. We want to look good, we want to be timeless and we for sure don’t want to stand out.
A few things I suggest:
- Don’t be matchy-matchy. I’m not a huge fan of everyone in jeans and white shirts. Or everyone in all black. I think if you want to be a little matchy-matchy; go with some people in jeans, maybe little girls in jean dresses or skirts (but not all the same) and then use some complimentary colors like whites and pinks. Or greens and browns. Or something where it’s just not all the same. Blues and greys are nice too.
- In general, avoid stripes. Here’s the thing, whoever has the stripes on will stand out. If that is your mission, then go for it!
- Avoid large logos. Unless you only, ever wear shirts with huge Nike logos or you are a professional runner or ball player and we are taking team photos – it’s best to avoid them.
- Use a pop of color. I’m not suggesting everyone wear solid white and someone where a red scarf. What I am suggesting is that use color to draw a thread through the family. So maybe grandma has a scarf that has purple in it, and dad has a purple shirt and then mom has a necklace that pulls in that purple and the kids might have a purple bow in their hair or a purple bow tie.
- Consider your location. If you are shooting at the lake, it might be best to wear a low heel in lieu of the stilettos that you love. Or you might want to be a little more casual than formal. Although I will say that I do love the contrast of super fancy in the forest or casual in a swanky location. But if you do decide to do that, make sure you bring flip flops for the walk 😉
- BE YOURSELF. Sincerely, it’s the best advice I can give, because if you are not, it will show. If you are not comfortable, it will show. SO, don’t wear something you would never wear simply because it’s photo time.
So there you have it, a few tips that should help you pull together some outfits for you and your family for your next session.