What to wear for your family photo session? This is definitely a FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION, so I thought I would show a few outfit ideas to give you an idea of what looks good (in my opinion) in photographs. I’m going to do this post in parts over the next few weeks. Here are a couple of family outfit ideas that I love:
The most important thing to keep in mind is to BE COMFORTABLE. You, and especially your kids, will not feel like having your picture taken if you feel uncomfortable! If it’s scratchy, tight, or feels unnatural to you or your kiddos, don’t wear it (or make them wear it!). And remember, we will be sitting, standing, maybe even running and jumping. So wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty (unless you are looking for really formal portraits). In Old Town Alexandria, I love to do shots where you sit on the brick sidewalk or stairs, so plan to get a little bit dirty!
A couple rules of thumb:
- No writing or pictures on shirts. It detracts from the face, and that’s what we want to focus on in your portraits!
- Don’t wear short skirts, esp. little girls! If you sit in a short skirt, the camera can see up the skirt!
- Think about shoes: in full-body length shots and up-close shots that might show your feet, you don’t want to have Spider Man or Elmo showing on shoes (unless you specifically want that in the picture. If your little boy loves his Spider Man shoes or your little girl has scuffed up glittery red shoes that you specifically want to document, I love to do that! But if the shoes are not important to them or you, then neutral is best).
- Ladies, think about getting a manicure since I love to do photos that show hands!
- Clothes shouldn’t match. The “white shirt with khakis” look is not really in style now. I’ve done shoots where everyone wears jeans and a black or white t-shirt, and that can be nice. But I generally think it looks better when everyone is dressed in complimentary colors instead of matching exactly.
- Solid colors are great. Pattern is fine, but bold patterns tend to date a picture quickly since patterns go in and out of style.
- White can be difficult, especially if it’s around the face. If you really want to wear white, just let me know in advance.
Let me know if you have any questions or ideas about what YOU think looks good in photos!
More to come!