I know, I know….the prospect of deciding what to wear for family photos can paralyze a mom. I’ve been there & it’s stressful! It can be a daunting task to say the least, but don’t let it stop you from having your photos taken. You can do it!
The most important thing to remember, is that you & your family should look like “you”. Gone are the days of everyone in a white or black matching polo shirt. Let’s leave that in the 80sThe goal is to come away with photos that you love now & in the future. Most of all, you need to feel at ease & enjoy yourself. Here’s a few tips (and examples) to help you choose those perfect outfits (and don’t worry….they don’t really have to be perfect):
- Choose a palette of 3-4 colors and mix it up, including both pants and dresses. You want a cohesive feel, but without being overly ‘matchy-matchy’. Picture a page in a clothing catalog where everyone coordinates, but nobody stands out more than the rest. A great place to find inspiration is on Pinterest. Just type in a “what to wear for family photos” search. There you’ll find a ton of examples
- Light clothes look better on lighter back- grounds, and dark clothes look better on darker backgrounds.
- Be sure to dress for your body. Generally, sleeveless shirts and shorts on adults tend not to flatter, but layered clothing is fabulous. Arrange your outfits ahead of time on a big bed, including accessories. Be sure to try them on & make sure everything fits the way you want it to fit. Be comfortable!
- Remember, shoes can make an outfit. (and yes, they will be in some photos
- Don’t forget any ACCESSORIES or props that might be fun. Get creative! Colorful hats & scarves, cowboy boots, rain boots, colorful umbrellas, little red wagon, favorite stuffed animal, ect…. If your family or child LOVES something, what better way to document those memories than having it in a few photos. It can be something that signifies that particular time in their life, or an entire block of time (like my son’s “blank” that he’s slept with for the past 6 years).
- A few Do’s: bright colors, layered looks, stylish shoes, a week old haircut, manicured/trimmed nails, accessories, glare-free eyeglasses, a squeaky-cleaned face (kids and babies)
- A few Don’ts: loud patterns, wrinkled clothes, big white leather sneakers, a new haircut, 5 o’clock shadow, sunglasses, sunburns
Most importantly, have fun with it!!!! In the end, the photos are about capturing our relationships & the facial expressions that tell the story…not about the outfits