The schedule is set, the kids are healthy and no one has any visible scratches (fingers crossed). Soon it will be time for the treat of a family portrait.
But for many moms, finding great outfits for a family is such a challenge, they regret setting up an appointment. I know I've heard a few parents moan because they feel they are out of their league when picking out clothes for a group.
There have been some photographic trends which work for some. A few years ago it was common for everyone to wear white. And a few years before that had trends of denim. So how do you pick out outfits for a crowd?
First, think of the phrase "what goes with" instead of the same or matching. If one person has a coral necklace, then someone else can wear a coral headband, belt, or shirt. Here are some examples of "what goes with" and a modern way to mix and match.
It is better to use solid colors than to use tiny prints. Would you believe me if I said the camera doesn't like tweed or tiny checks? Those tiny details can become fuzzy and blurred in the final product. I know you'd rather have everyone who sees your pictures focus on the faces of your family, not their clothing and the best way is to keep blocks of solid colors for your portraits.
DO wear clothing which reflects your family's style and each kid's personality.
You might even choose your neutrals based on WHERE you are going to put your photographs in your home. If your walls are beige or yellow, maybe gray isn't the neutral you use, but browns and navy. Hey, it's been done!
Keep your hair styled the way you usually do. Get haircuts finished a week before pictures.
Keep your clothing comfortable! You never know where you'll find yourself in my photo sessions.
Mini skirts and short shorts will make some shots impossible. And clean your shoes; I love to do full length portraits and landscape shots.
Bring along props and favorite toys- they can add personality and meaning to your portraits.
Finally, avoid using all black or all white in the photograph. Black will swallow up all your bodies into one mass of dark leaving the viewer to look at floating heads. White can have the same effect and be a challenge to photograph, especially on a sunny day.
The lowdown to outfit your crew?
- Mix and match a few colors throughout the family.
- Use neutrals to create a base for the photograph: khaki, blue jeans, navy, grey, white or black.
- Keep tiny patterns to a minimum.
- Enjoy your time as a family on photo day!