A lot of clients are clueless about what to wear for family portraits. So if you’re one of those people, you’re not alone. Here is a little bit of insight on what I think works for family photos.
Gone are the days of wearing black and khaki or white t-shirts and jeans. While they are a classic look, they also remind me of photo sessions from J.C. Penney. We’ve all been guilty of doing it, but let’s not make the same mistake again. The only time I’d recommend black and khaki is for newborn shots. Nothing looks better than a cute little bundle of joy up next to black shirts. The contrast is beautiful. However, with family photos- times are changing and it’s time to have fun with your clothing. While we want everyone to complement each other, being too “matchy-matchy” is a bit extreme.
Layer, layer, layer. Not only do layers and texture look great in a photo, but that gives you options to differentiate photos. Adding a blazer or a scarf to an outfit makes it look more complete and helps you pop out from your backgrounds. By the end of the shoot, you can take off some of the layers and you’ll end up looking like you have on a completely new outfit!
Accessorize, but don’t over do it! Add a broach to sweater or wear a fun necklace with a dress. Adding accessories not only incorporate your personality into the photo, but like I said earlier- will help complete your outfit. However, adding too many accessories will only make the photo look disorganized and like a jumbled mess. One tip I always go by is accessorize with what you want to wear and then take off one thing. That one thing usually will put you over the edge. Continue reading