Finding the perfect photographer for your family photos is difficult.
Deciding what to wear is even more so. Hopefully you will hang your portraits on your walls and give them as gifts for years to come so choosing the right outfits can be daunting. With some of the tips I’ve provided below I hope some of that headache can be removed.
Co-Ordinate colours, don’t match
Many years ago it was the fashion to match everything in a family shoot. Everyone wore the same shirts, jeans and colours but the issue with this is that the images always turned out to be a little false looking. Now it’s considered to be more natural but picking a couple of colours to wear and choose clothing that will fit these colours.
What colours do you have at home?
I would hope that you want to have your images on your walls, so what colours do you have in your home? Are they bright or neutral? Choose colours that reflect you as a family.
Gone are black and white’s
Choosing to wear just black or white can work sometimes when you’re in a studio. But for families outside or in difficult lighting conditions such as forests or on the beach, wearing all black or all white can blow out the highlights or lose detail in the blacks. If you can, avoid big blocks of black and white so your clothes have detail in them.
Use textures if you can
I think a cotton fitted shirt is great. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
Say no to patterns
Personally, I think it’s nice to have a little pattern, but not everyone should be wearing heavy patterns as it takes the eye away from the overall image. This is especially true to children’s clothing. Children love cartoon characters or dragons on their clothes, but this will only make the images busy and distracting.