It’s that time of year again! The leaves are chaining colors, the weather is cooling down, and Starbucks has welcomed back their pumpkin spice latte…….IT’S FALL!!!! Time for family photos and the frenzy of finding just the perfect outfit not just for you but your family as well! Finding the right clothing for family photos can be stressful but that’s what I’m here for! Here are some DOs and DONTs for choosing your fall photo fashions.
*Do coordinate but DO NOT wear matchy-matchy clothing. Pick 3-4 complementary colors and carry them throughout your family’s outfits. Matchy-matchy outfits are soooooo early 90′s! Matching clothing may be a requirement with more traditional photographers but if you’ve hired me you know that is not my style. When everyone is wearing the exact same thing photos can look stiff and staged. You want your family photos to resemble you and your family not the fake photo that comes inside a new picture frame.
*Don’t wear all white clothing! I’m not a big fan of white for family photos in general not matter what season it is. White is a tricky color to pull off successfully and can washout skin tones, unless we're at the beach!
*Do have fun with accessories: Scarves, gloves, hats, jewelry, belts, and hair accessories are all a great way to add a little personality to your photos (but don't wear them all!!)
*Don’t be afraid of color: Jewel tones look great on camera, can be rocked by most skin tones, and are great colors fall photos! If most if your family is wearing dark colors DON’T stick sister in pastel pink and white. You don’t want to look matchy-matchy but you want your outfits to have a good flow.
*Do have fun with prints: It’s okay don’t be scared prints. If done right prints photograph beautifully! Plaid, hounds tooth (love), stripes, flowers, polka dots, argyle….have fun with them! If you’re still afraid think about adding prints in small doses; a tie with a fun patterns, vest, scarf, or cardigan. These are all things that can be removed during your photos to change up your look. If most of your family is wearing solids DON’T stick dad in a plaid shirt. He will stick out like a sore thumb! The fix for this problem would be to introduce a print in the other outfits as well so dad is not the lone print wearing ranger. Throw a coordinating printed scarf on mom, add a funky print bowtie to brother’s outfit, and toss multicolor bow on sisters head….easy fix and will help with the flow of the outfits!
*Don’t wear clothing with logos or wording that is highly visible: This is very distracting in your images as the viewer is drawn directly to the wording and not your beautiful family! This tip does have a couple exceptions. If your shoot is styled around your favorite sports team or school this would be the time to show your pride through your wardrobe! If you’re having pictures taken of just your little one and find a cute shirt with wording that relates to the kiddo this would work as well but should not be done unless it has some type of meaning to you, your child, or your family.
*Do have fun with layers: Layered clothing looks great in photos and is yet again another quick way to change up your wardrobe throughout your session. This is also a great way to hide problems areas. Think cardigans, jackets, vest, sweaters over button up shirts, short sleeve shirts over long sleeve shirts! Layer, layer, and layer some more. Okay maybe not that many layers but you get the point! This is also a great way to introduce a print or color. Think about layering a solid color shirt with something that coordinates print.
*Don’t wait till the last minute to decide on your wardrobe: It takes time to put a look together and can be stressful especially if you wait till the very last minute. Start thinking about your wardrobe at least 2 to 3 weeks before your shoot. Give yourself enough time to decide on a color palette, raid your family’s closets, and find new items to complete your look. If you're stuck for ideas, pintrest is your best friend!
*Do get your photographer involved: If you can't figure it out or you just need a fresh pair of eyes PLEASE feel free to shoot me a message/email/text with photos of what you were planning to wear. I can be of great service to your decision making process.
*Don’t forget shoes: Shoes are just as important as your outfit. No athletic shoes for the guys unless it fits with the overall theme of your session.
*Do think about the location your family session will be held: You want your outfits to complement the location you choose.
*Don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on your family’s wardrobe: Look to some of the more expensive stores for inspiration and try to recreate a look you like with more affordable items. Spend money on items that you LOVE and know you’ll wear again and complete the rest of the outfit with items from more affordable stores.
*Do have fun with your outfit selections: Pick something that you and your family feel good in! If you’re feeling good it will shine through in your photos!
*Don’t highlight a part of your body that you’re uncomfortable with: If you’re uncomfortable with your arms don’t go sleeveless. It’s important that you feel good in what you’re wearing and if that means hiding areas that you are not so sure about do it!
*Do think about how you plan to use your family photos:
-If you want to showcase them throughout your home do you want them to match the color scheme of your house? If so think about the colors of your home when selecting the colors of your family’s clothing.
-If you plan to use them in your holiday cards have you found a design that coordinates with your outfits?
Here are some colours that I PERSONALLY adore for fall: Mustard yellow, rust, brown, tan, cream, navy, and red.
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