Every once in a while, I still photograph Family Sessions and love it! I get tons of questions about how to coordinate outfits. Just thinking about choosing your own outfit is difficult as it is, so I get how hard it is to coordinate for your entire family – trust me, I’ve done it for my family sessions! Here are a few tips for you to follow that I hope you find helpful.
Your family session is a reflection of who you are during this season of your lives. What you wear in a portrait is just as important as all the other details. The goal of this guide is to help you select outfits for your family that are cohesive, that will flatter you and your family and make you feel your best and to be visually captivating. At the end of the day, though, the location you choose and the outfits you select won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make together.
Your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match.” In fact, I recommend that you avoid thinking about “matching,” and instead think about what “fits” together. This will create more visual interest. The goal for coordinating a family outfit is to visually break up the colors and shades so that you’re not all wearing the same color on top and bottom. The more we can mix that up, the better. I encourage you to think about planning each outfit with “dominant colors” and “accent colors” in mind. A dominant color is the color that you see the most in an outfit, while an accent color has a smaller piece of visual interest. W hen you’re planning each family member’s outfit, if you can aim for each person to have a different dominant color, and then tie in and vary the accent colors, it’s going to look great all together.
When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the feelings being expressed. Soft shades of creams, blues and grays, pinks mixed with darker neutrals like charcoal, deep blues, taupe, khakis, leather brown palettes fit beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
Make-up is very important to bring out your features. I always recommend that your make-up be done with more natural earthy and neutral tones, as these will photograph better for outdoor sessions. Your make-up should be taken up a notch from your daily makeup (almost done as if you are going out at night). It may seem like you are overdoing it for daytime make up but I can assure you it will photograph well. I highly recommend going all the way and hiring a professional to do your makeup (and maybe even your hair!) – it will 100% be worth your time and investment! I have a few professional makeup artists that I can recommend.
When you book your session, you will receive a guide that specifically covers tips for all aspects of outfit choices for both ladies and gents and suggestions for online and local boutiques where you can get inspiration for outfits and accessories and possibly even get something new for this special occasion!
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