Last Updated on May 28, 2020
6. Don’t think too hard about it.
Think of picking out an outfit as picking out “play clothes.” The main goal of family photos is to have fun and get lasting memories. Capturing moments while interacting with your family. Capture the most beautiful images while you are playing around. Let your clothes enhance the memories, not get in the way of your fun.
7. Wear white or neutral colors.
When you are in doubt, some plain neutral colored shirts will work great with the correct outdoor lighting. Neutral colors are white, black, beige, brown or ivory. There are two things to remember when everyone is wearing the same neutral-colored tops.
1.) Remember lighting– your photographer should make sure the lighting is appropriate for the color choice. Wearing white tops in a super shady area can make the image temperature look blue and cold. Wearing all blacktops in a bright sunny area can add too much contrast especially for families with lighter skin tones. Too much contrast is distracting in a portrait.
2.) Remember to add some character in some small way to each person’s outfit you are not too matchy-matchy. Adding character could be changing the style of the shirt, adding accessories, wearing different types of pants/shorts or skirts.
8. Find something in common.
Add character or boldness to truly personalize your family photo. What does your family have the same? Sports team gear, Cowboy boots, fall flannels, summer tank tops…. Is there something you all have in common when it comes to your wardrobe? I’m a mom of boys, so we all own some sort of vintage t-shirt, ball cap, and blue jeans. Don’t go to the extreme here… just something SIMPLE that brings you all together but in a small way.