What to Wear for Family Photos
What to Wear for Family Photos?
First, let’s break this down – what’s making this difficult? Is budget a factor? time? a lack of inspiration?
Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. (if you sing that in your best Julie Andrews voice – I will love you.)
Begin by deciding what you want to use the family photos for – Christmas Cards only or Wall Art as well.
If you do yearly Christmas Cards: You don’t need to match the sofas – yay!! Also you have the luxury of doing a different look each year so there is not the stress of choosing classic outfits you’ll be looking at on the wall for 5 years!
If you are wanting Wall Art – consider how long this piece will hang on the wall. More classic outfit choices stand the test of time better. Anything too trendy can look dated. Flattering colors and fit will always look best.
Consider the room the photo will be hung in – is it formal? causal? Share this information with your photographer – she’ll choose a location to complement your decor.
Does your room have a color scheme? Example: for a green room, you could include pops of orange in your family photo. A neutral color scheme could be played up with natural texture clothing for one look or a fantastic red could add lots of interest.
Once you have considered the above – it’s time to pull this all together!
I start by pulling from the closets – favorite jeans and basics. Then, thinking about the color theme, I’ll either select a favorite accent piece for someone (usually either from my clothing or my daughter’s – let’s play up the ladies folks – we know who the stars are in this show!!) If I’m not really pleased with my options, I’ll shop for us first. Then considering what the guys already have, I’ll add an item or two – a new shirt or belt or shoes so they’ll complement the girls.
Plan for individual appeal as well – I always shoot each child alone – each should look like “themselves” a bit of their personality in their clothing selection.
The following are examples – each features:
- one Focus Piece – the central clothing item all the others complement – usually something for Mom or daughter
- a combo of at least one plaid, one pattern, and several solid colors – this helps avoid matchy matchy “all in red tops” or “all white shirts and jeans” – everyone in the family looks like an individual person contributing their own style to the overall look