Preparing for a family portrait shoot and wondering “What to Wear”? Take a look at some of these suggestions.
When in doubt follow Suggestion #8!
1. Dress comfortably for the shoot
Most family shoots involve sitting on the ground, rolling around with the kids, running, jumping, etc….
2. Dress for the season
- Spring/Summer – sun dresses, flip flops, shorts, jeans, bright colors, bare feet, etc…
- Fall / Winter – sweaters, scarves, boots, jewel tones, knit hats, tights, etc…
3. Complimentary Clothing VS Matching Clothing
- Matching – If you want the look to be jeans & white t-shirts OR everyone in all black. Go For It! It’s all in the execution. Both of these below being excellent examples of good execution.
- Complimentary – **recommended** It’s much easier to have everyone wear something that fits their personal style, fits the season and looks flattering. So variation is good. Pick a color (like navy), a fall palette or a single bright color to accent everyone’s wardrobe. See all other included photos for examples.
In my opinion a true representation of your family is not to be super matchy.
4. Keep the Clothes Classic
- Avoid trendy
- Jeans or khakis are always a good choice
- No words or prominent logos on the shirts
- Prints can be okay, but on more than 1 person they *could* clash
5. Adults can blend, kids can standout
***As a suggestion but not at all a requirement***
If someone’s going to wear bright colors, stripes or patterns – make it the kids!
6. Your feet will end up in the photos
- Weather appropriate, plan your footwear
- Guys: wear leather shoes or nice looking sneakers
- Be prepared to kick off your shoes
- Wear good socks or go barefoot
7. You can change clothes
- BUT we don’t want it to turn into a fashion shoot!!
- Plan on only one clothing change.
- Depending on the size of the shoot and where we’re shooting, sometimes this can not be accommodated.
8. When in doubt trust your instincts
- Bring some options, also in case there’s an emergency.
- Call me for advice before the shoot.
- And remember I’m photographing YOU, YOUR SMILES, YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN…. not so much your clothes.
Mary Ann Siron says
this was a walk down memory lane…loved seeing familiar faces! xxo #1 fan.