What’s the most stressful part of taking family pictures? The wardrobe is the number one answer I get from most clients. Let’s face it. Outfits can make or break a session. So I’ve put together some tips:
- Don’t match. Just coordinate. I’ve laid out some sample color palettes and coordinating outfits to help you get a visual of what you might want to look for when choosing outfits. Definitely start with a color palette and go from there.
- Consider staying away from shirts with collars and sleeveless shirts or dresses.
- Layer and accessorize. Considering layering a sweater, adding a vest or jackets, or even a hat.
- Don’t mix too many patterns together. My rule of thumb is one coordinating pattern only on one family member. Of course, there are always exceptions.
- Pamper yourself. Ladies, treat yourself to a mani and pedi, hair, and makeup. Or if you’re doing it all yourself, make sure someone can watch the kids for a solid hour or two before leaving the house so you can have some time for yourself.
- Wear a happy face. You can spend all the time and money in the world on outfits, but if you’re stressed, then the whole family will be stressed. It will show in your photos. Whatever happened at home while getting ready, let it go when you get in the car. Crank up the tunes, laugh, tell jokes. Whatever you have to do to set a positive tone for your session.