How to Coordinate your Family’s Outfits for a Photo Session!

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Do you avoid family portraits because you just can’t deal with the stress of picking a color scheme, figuring out who will wear what then trying to get your husband on board?

Fear not, I can help! Every client who books family photos with me receives a Family Outfit Guide with several helpful tips as well as pictures of outfit ideas including shoes and accessories for all ages. Here’s a snippet of what’s in my guide:

  • COLOR-COORDINATE WITHOUT BEING TOO “MATCHY MATCHY.” I know you love buffalo plaid, especially for holiday photos and Christmas cards, but not everyone in the picture has to be wearing the same exact shirt. Let’s try this… If dad is in a pattern, like plaid, pick a color on his shirt and wear a scarf in that color. Dress Little Larry in a sweater that same color, maybe with a collared shirt underneath. Pick a different color on dad’s shirt, and put Little Lucy in a dress that shade. See where I’m going with this? If one person has a lot going on in their outfit or is rocking bold colors, then the rest of the fam will look great in neutral shades like ivory, khaki, gray, denim or chambray. (And, please, for the love of all that is holy, let’s stay away from bright, highlighter colors and avoid clothing with prominent logos).

  • CONSIDER YOUR HOUSEHOLD DECOR. How will your family portraits look on a 16×20 canvas in your living room? If you’re planning on printing your images (and you should cause what’s the point of paying for photos if they sit on a disc in your drawer?!), then think about the colors of your walls, your pillows and your other decorations. Neutrals are always timeless, so you can opt to match, or choose a more vibrant color scheme that will complement that decor.

  • DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! If we’re doing an outdoor session in late October, chances are it’ll be chilly. It’s Wisconsin – unpredictable weather is our forte! So dress in layers…a sweater over a collared button-up, a jean jacket and leggings with a dress or blazer over a sweater. Feel like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man in too many layers? Wear a warm jacket or drape a blanket over your/your kids’ shoulders, then we can remove it right before I snap the photo.

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