It’s only natural for a lot of planning to go into the perfect family portrait. After all, a professional family portrait is about so much more than simply recording memories for everyone to enjoy together into the future. You’re creating a piece of art that will represent something special and unique about your family for generations to come.
However, choosing the right photographer and deciding who you want involved in the portrait is only part of the battle. You also need to decide what you’re all going to wear – something quite a few people forget to consider at all beforehand! Let’s take a closer look at how you and your loved ones can make sure you’re dressed to make memories you’ll love to look back on.
Don’t match. Coordinate!
The biggest mistake a lot of families make is going too matchy-matchy when it comes to outfits they decide to wear to their photo shoot. They assume that matching is the key to looking like they all belong in the same scene when really this makes the entire scene look posed and unnatural – like everyone’s trying way too hard.
Instead of matching, try simply coordinating your colours in a casual way. Start with a basic colour palette – such as all pastels in shades of white, pink, blue, and coral – and take it from there. Choosing color selections that involve different tonal ranges of the same one or two shades is also a wonderful way to go. If you’re unsure as to how to coordinate in this way, you can always ask your photographer for pointers.
Don’t be afraid to accessorise.
Just as accessories can be exactly what makes an outfit, they can be what makes the visual appeal of a photo shoot as well. Don’t be afraid to go bold and think outside the box here. Jewellery, scarves, and hair flowers for girls are all ideal places to start. Guys look fantastic in colourful waistcoats, jackets, or sweaters that coordinate accordingly. Just take care not to choose anything too overwhelming.
You’ll also want to beware of over-accessorising babies and young children. They’re so positively perfect in their innocence and purity. They really don’t need huge headbands or other such items to help them look their best.
Consider your location.
Don’t get so caught up in coordinating with each other that you forget to dress appropriately for the location where you’ll be shooting. Don’t wear winter clothing during the summer or vice versa. Also, if you’re going to be shooting action shots at the beach, it may not be the time to break out the dapper three-piece suits and the evening gowns.
Colour is important here, too. If you know you’ll be shooting in front of a building that’s painted green, make sure you keep that shade in mind when selecting your outfits. It will make a massive difference in the way the finished shots turn out… and as always, if you have questions, you can always ask the photographer for some suggestions. You’re sure to be glad you did!
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