You have a family photo session on the schedule and you can’t wait to finally update your family portraits with everyone looking their best. Before the big day arrives, though, there is some prep work to be done. One of your top jobs is to put together a wardrobe for your family’s photos. Where do you begin?
As a photographer who has been helping families capture their milestones and special moments for many years, I’m happy to offer my guidance. Use these tips to make it easier to choose the perfect family photo outfits.
Choose Your Color Scheme Wisely
The first step to building your family’s portrait wardrobe is choosing a color scheme. There are a few factors to consider as you put together that color scheme.
First, think about what you want to do with your finished portrait. Where do you want to hang it in your home? What colors have you used to decorate that room and what colors will look best in the photo so that it coordinates with your décor?
Next, think about the setting for your photo. If your photo session will be outdoors, consider what the background colors will be and what outfit colors will look best against that background. If your photo session will be in the studio, however, you have more flexibility as far as colors go.
Coordinate, Don’t Match
A common misconception is that every member of your family needs to match in their outfits and colors. In truth, you want everyone’s outfits to coordinate rather than putting everyone in the exact same color. For one, too much of the same color can look overly “matchy” and unnatural. It’s also very difficult to find the exact same shade in clothing you like for every family member. Your color scheme should be a bit more general, like a few coordinating shades of blue along with white and tan.
Aim for Simplicity
As you’re choosing outfits for your family’s photos, it’s better to opt for solids or simple patterns. Avoid large logos and overly complex patterns like paisley, for example. These can be visually distracting. Simple patterns like stripes or plaid look beautiful on camera, as do solid colors.
Have a Backup
As a parent, you know very well that kids have a knack for making messes at the most inopportune times. That’s why I always suggest having a backup outfit for each family member, including yourself and your spouse, in case one of your kids makes a mess or has an accident.
Capturing the Beautiful Family Photos You Deserve
Planning for family portraits can feel like a lot of work, but it isn’t working you will ever regret doing. A beautiful family photo is a perfect way to get everyone’s heart-warming smiles in one place and to forever memorialize this time in your family’s life. If you’re due for a family portrait, call my Ames area photo studio today to book your photo session.
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