7 tips for what to wear for your family portrait session

You have picked your date and booked your family session. Yay! Now comes the fun part, picking out when everyone is going to wear! (did you hear the sarcasm) Don’t worry… Here area a couple of tips that will help make choosing your outfits a little easier and help your family look their best on portrait day!

Choose 1-3 colors for your for family portraits, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  This helps our eyes see the people and not the clothing first which helps your portraits look stunning!

Solid colored clothing is a safe bet for a family. This helps the family look like a unit and no one person will stand out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.

A light top with dark pants will make your top look bigger while light pants and a dark top will make your butt look bigger. Choosing similar tones
(both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.

Similarly avoid clothing with words on them. The brain automatically tries to read words when you see them and this can be distracting.

When you can, choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white socks stick out like a sore thumb and that’s what you’ll notice in your portrait.

If your getting a new hairdo for your session, try to make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior. A fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same day and you’ll want to look like you in your portraits. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your session.

But the important tip I can give is to wear something that makes you feel confident. Attitude can go a long way to achieving the look you want to broadcast. Feeling good = looking good.

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