I know I’ve personally botched the family photo by not thoughtfully choosing our clothing. Waiting until the last minute. Grabbing things and not trying them on. Assuming things fit when they don’t. It is one of those things that can change a group photo. I scanned through my Pinterest family photo inspiration and analyzed what my favorite photos wardrobes had in common. I’ve boiled it down to five suggestions.
This is easier said in fall, winter, or spring. Add a scarf, tie, bow tie, jacket, cardigan, pull over v-neck over a button up, tights, etc. Adding layers on several of the outfits give the photo dimension.
2. Color coordinate (not match)
Color selection is HUGE! Try to pull in colors that people compliment you when you wear them (i.e. they are flattering colors on you) Choosing five coordinating colors and adding them into the collective family wardrobe will bring out personality but keep the group unified.
3. Limit Pattern
Large logos or images on clothing detract from the person wearing the clothing. In person we are able to see personality which can outshine a large logo or pattern. In a photo that still shot is all we have. Follow the age old “don’t let the clothing wear you, wear the clothing” Try to keep the numbers of pattern to 1/3 of the group.
Jewelry, hats, bows, even a child’s toy can add a deeper sense of personalization to the photo. Be thoughtful about these accessories fitting with the above suggestions.
5. Be Comfortable
While this seems obvious we often try to wear something that we think will look good disregarding how comfortable we feel in the clothing. We usually assume we won’t have to wear it long so it doesn’t matter. I’m here to tell you if you are too uncomfortable to sit, stand, and maybe even jump you won’t look happy in your photos. You won’t be able to relax in front of the camera. Do me a favor and wear the shoes around town before you wear them to a photo session!
I hope these tips helped you plan your family photo session. I know I better get busy planning our families wardrobe here are two current inspirations for our family. One more casual and the other dressy! Which do you prefer?