Summer and Fall are fantastic times to finally get around to doing your family portraits. The beautiful weather and the gorgeous, natural backdrops (beaches, golden light & lush scenery) make it the perfect time to schedule your family session. One of the first questions I receive when scheduling a family portrait session is “What do we wear?” For many moms, this is the most stressful part of planning for their family photography session.
Gone are the days of matchy-matchy outfits. We’ve all seen the pictures of the entire family in a white or black t-shirt and blue jeans. Don’t dress everyone in the same exact outfit. Instead, choose a color family and then choose some accent colors. Blues, whites, creams, and pastels photograph beautifully in the summer; while plaids, mustard, eggplant, burnt orange and other fall colors are the perfect compliments to fall images. Choosing different shades in a color family are a great way for everyone to compliment each other without matching perfectly. Choosing 1 or 2 members of the family to wear prints in these complimentary colors also adds visual interest to your photographs.
Usually moms are the hardest family members to dress. Dad and the kids are usually fine with wearing whatever mom chooses for them. I suggest mom choosing whatever she feels beautiful and comfortable in, then styling the rest of the family around her outfit.
Fabrics with textures photograph wonderfully too – denim, lace, linen. Accessories are a great way to add personality and give a finished look to your portraits (a necklace or scarf for mom, headbands for girls, hats for boys). These items can also be quickly taken off or put on to add variety to your family portraits. Steer clear of clothing with large logos or graphic prints
When choosing your outfits, think about whether you want your family to be dressed more casually or dressed up. Think about the color scheme in your home and where you want your family portraits displayed. If your home has a neutral color pallet, you might want to choose neutrals with a pop of color. You don’t want to choose colors that will clash with your walls.
Lastly, don’t forget about the shoes. Family portraits are an investment and the small details do matter. You don’t want a beautiful portrait of your family hanging on your wall with your child’s tennis shoes sticking out like a sore thumb.
For inspiration check out my Family Portrait Style Guide on Pinterest!
If you follow these simple tips, you will have a beautiful family portrait hanging on your wall that you will enjoy from years to come.
Can you think of any other tips for family portrait styling? Leave a comment below!