If you’re wondering what to wear for your family’s session, you’re asking a great question. What you wear can sometimes be the difference between a good image and an amazing image. Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your family’s investment.
Start With the End In Mind
- The most important, yet often missed step is to determine where you’ll hang or display your family portrait.
- Because your family portrait is an extension of your home décor, choose clothing that complements the style and colors of the room in which it will be displayed.
- Check out our family color palettes below to get an idea how to best coordinate outfits with rooms.
Coordinate Your Clothing
- Selecting outfits is more about coordinating colors and styles, and less about matching outfits. (see color palettes below for inspiration)
- Go for solid colors. A subtle mix of solid colors and simple patterns looks great too. Nothing too trendy—err on the side of timeless or classic.
- When coordinating clothing, it can help to choose one person’s outfit first, then build from that. Choose other outfits using similar colors to the first outfit.
- Avoid wild patterns, logos/large print, horizontal stripes, all white, all black, and really baggy or skintight clothing. For a variety of reasons, they can be distracting, unflattering, or too trendy.
- To capture the best expressions, clothing should be comfortable too. If too uncomfortable, it can be especially distracting for children.
- Jewelry, scarves, hats, necklaces, vests, ties, sweaters, jackets, etc. are all great—they add depth and dimension, style, personality, and sometimes that extra splash of color.
- Keep accessories simple and sophisticated, but don’t be afraid to throw in a little fun.
- Sometimes a special item, keepsake or family heirloom can help tell a story. Blankets, stuffed animals, or other personal items can help personalize your session to you. Feel free to bring a few simple items with you.
Shoes or No Shoes?
- Don’t forget about your shoes, as there’s a good chance they’ll show up in pictures. Make sure they coordinate with your outfits and are clean and in good condition. Depending on the style you’re going for, going barefoot can be an option too!
Lay It All Out
A few days before your session, lay all your outfits out on a bed or floor. This is a great way to make sure you have all outfits and accessories accounted for, the colors coordinate well with each other, and clothing is clean and free of wrinkles.