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10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family Photo Outfits

Deciding what family photo outfits to wear can be just as challenging as finding the perfect family photographer. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t need to be. Follow these 10 tips for how to choose the perfect outfits for you and your family.

10. Texture Is a Striking Feature.

You have to remember that images are static and don’t feature any real movement. We generate more interest by including eye-catching elements. That makes a shot look “alive”. Look for clothing that has a texture and vibrancy in its movement.

By adding different textures through the material of your family outfits or your accessories you are adding depth and interest to your photos. Mix up the fabrics, such as shiny black pants mixed with a matte shirt or a black jean vest. All these different fabrics pick up independently in images and give some separation.

9. Don’t Be Afraid of Patterns.

These may seem too jarring to go out in, but patterns photograph well. Again, we are adding a movement to a static image. Do be aware of avoiding moire patterns though.

Do not be scared to mix and match patterns! Especially if you have a larger family. Mixing and matching patterns can be so much fun. It might be intimidating at first, but just follow these tips and everything will flow together.

The trick is to coordinate a color or pattern with someone else.

Patterns can work great in moderation. Try one statement piece (for instance, a colorful floral dress for mom) and one subtle pattern (maybe polka dots for baby girl), and then keep the rest of the family more simple. Large prints and patterns work best.

8. Know Your Stripes and When to Say No to Them.

Consider vertical lines to make one look slender and follow the curves of a body. Horizontal stripes can make a figure look wider when photographed.

Say No to Tiny Plaid, Small Stripes, and Complicated Patterns. These don’t always translate well in-camera.

7. Avoid Oversized Clothing.

Oversized clothes may look cool in person but can distort your proportions far too much in photographs. You don’t want your clothing to be too baggy or too tight. Properly fitted clothing looks put together and will show your shape. For women, your upper half and lower half should be balanced: so for instance, blousy shirt + skinny pants, or tight shirt + flowing skirt.

6. Consider Your Shooting Location.

If you’re outdoors, a sheer dress or skirt can flow beautifully in the air.

If you’re planning an outdoor session in November, consider what or if any coats, gloves, and hats will be worn.

The key to winter sessions is layers. This is how families get away without wearing their winter coats in winter family sessions. While layering always keep your under layers TIGHT. This is how you avoid the bulky look. Men can follow this same technique too! I even tell all my families to have their men/boys wear tights under their clothes. NO ONE WILL KNOW, NOT EVEN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!

In the summer, dress in layers that you can easily take off if you get too hot.

If your location is an urban, downtown feel don’t show up looking like you’re ready for the beach. If you’re going to a lake or beachfront, consider the tones and textures of your family’s outfits. “Dress for the occasion.”

5. Look for clothing collections.

Many family stores typically have color coordinating collections. You can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. Consider Target’s cat & jack collection or even Old Navy.

Don’t be afraid to lay all the clothes on the floor of the store to see what they will look like together.

4. Choose the Color Palette and Coordinate.

Once you establish the first outfit, basing colors around it is the next step. Try not to be too jarring with different colors. Too much differentiation may make the family photos look disorganised. As a family, you want to be cohesive and look like you belong together!

It’s great to pick a handful of colors, which allows the members of the family to pick out what they like best too. This also gives you room to dress each member of the family in something that is most flattering for them. Generally, the best colors tend to be more muted actual colors (not black or white). Blues, greens, reds are all popular choices.

The most stress-free method is to pick outfits from the same brand and the corresponding collection within that brand. But this can be pricey, depending on the brand. Try to avoid clothing that has bold characters, text, or is too loud print wise as that can be distracting.

3. Consider Your Home Decor.

Where do you intend on displaying your family portraits? Avoid disrupting your decor of a vibe of a room by coordinating your outfit choices based off where the images will be displayed.

2. Plan Ahead!

Once you book your session, start thinking what to wear for family photos right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.

Check your outfits from all possible angles in the mirror, not just the one you like best. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that they can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down).

1. The Best Family Photo Outfits Make You Feel Like a Million Dollars.

The best choice is for family photos is the clothing that they feel comfortable, confident, and remarkable in. Feeling good is the essential part. The rest can be adjusted!

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Written by : Racquel Hine