One of the number one questions I get when booking family sessions is ‘what do we wear?’. What your wearing will most likely end up hanging on your walls in framed prints and will drastically make a difference in the effect of the photo – but no biggie, okay?
It’s actually pretty simple, there’s no need to stress about it. Here are some tips to help you out.
1 – Avoid big logos or graphics
If you really want to show off your love of Harry Potter then, by all means, go ahead, but to get some timeless photos where the main focus is your family and it’s a connection, avoid big obvious logos. Branded items can often age badly over time and just take away from the whimsical style of photos.
2 – Try to co-ordinate colours
AKA, try and look for a rough colour palette of colours that complement each other. Earthy tones and neutral tones will always work well, soft blues or pinks can work nicely. If you are a bright coloured family, then feel free to rock that too – but think about the location we will be shooting in, and whether or not it will work.
3 – Avoid all wearing the same
Earthy tones are your best friend. Different tones of grey, blues, white will look nice together, but all turning up in fully white / black / anything will tend to look very staged and unflattering.
4 – Dress up
aim for smart casual. Feel free to wear dresses, shirts or anything that may usually be a little too formal for every day. Use this time to have fun dressing up. However, I would keep in mind that you want to be able to let loose and have fun on our session, even if that means getting a little dirty.
5 – Accessories!
These can be really fun to bring along and can often work their way into the photos in other ways too. Think big floppy hats, statement jewellery, brooches, ties.
6 – Where will they live?
Think about where you want to hang these photos – is your house neutral toned? Do you follow a specific colour scheme?
7 – Work with different textures
Textures are your friend – try and mix it up a little rather than going for large prints. Maybe a bit of cord or denim, cotton or chiffon…
8 – Don’t be afraid to show up as you are
At the end of the day, these photos are of you and your wonderfully imperfect family. You bring with you your own uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to show that off. Come as you are.
9 – Be comfortable!
But please, PLEASE make sure you are comfortable in your clothes. You want to be able to move and feel confident too.
Woohoo! Hopefully, this post will help you decide what you’d like to wear in your next family photos. Please feel free to ask my advice if you are unsure!
Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon,