What to wear for a family photography session
Thinking about booking in a family photography session, but not too sure what you should wear? Don’t worry – this is one of the questions that I get asked most often, and I’m always happy to help!
Well-chosen outfits will always make a good photo better. Selecting the right colours, patterns and textures play a huge role in an image’s end result – and even more so, badly chosen and clashing outfits can be incredibly distracting. To help you out, I’ve pulled together my top tips and ideas on how to choose what to wear for a family photography session.
1. PICK YOUR TONES
When choosing outfits for the family, ideally you’d aim to wear similar tones and colours. A key point here – this definitely doesn’t mean you need to wear matching outfits in identical colours! The best way to choose your tones is to pick 2-3 colours that work well together, and keep everyone within that colour palette. Easy combos could be white, blue and black, or grey, pink and white. Dark blue and mustard are very popular rich tones, at the moment too. Pairing a slightly brighter colour with neutral tones means you’re not overwhelming the senses.
2. AVOID PATTERNS AND SCREEN PRINTING
This can sometimes be hard for the kids – but there’s nothing more distracting than a brightly coloured cartoon character or a multicoloured pattern. Bold colours can seem fun but they can distract the eye, and take away the focus from your faces.
3. BE COMFORTABLE!
During most of the shoot, you’ll be moving around – sitting on the floor, on chairs – and if you’re not comfortable, it’ll show in the photos. Pick comfortable, relaxed clothes that speak to your personality. Which leads me on to my next point…
4. CHOOSE SOMETHING YOU LOVE
I know I’ve listed a bunch of things to avoid – but at the end of the day, you’re the one who will be looking at these photos for years to come. Go for an outfit you love and that makes you feel good. It’ll boost your self confidence – and that confidence really does show in the photos.
5. IF THE KIDS KICK UP A FUSS
If they’re just not playing ball with your chosen outfit, and they’re insisting on wearing their favourite Spiderman onesie, just roll with it! I’d rather have a happy kid in a crazy outfit than a perfectly dressed miserable one in front of my camera. The photos will be iconically them, and you’ll look back and giggle at their fun personalities. Bring your chosen outfit anyway, and you might be able to convince them to change for a few photos (because even Spiderman has to be Peter Parker sometimes!).
6. IF ALL ELSE FAILS
Just can’t make up your mind? Bring a few options and I’ll help you choose – or even bring the whole wardrobe! We have plenty of spaces to change outfits and try out different looks. Or get in touch before the shoot and I can talk you through some ideas. An added bonus of bringing extra outfits is we can change up outfits throughout the shoot, and you can build variety in your images:
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