I get asked A LOT on what to wear for family portraits. I usually throw out an awkward "wear something you love!", but I know some people need more help than that. I think it can be much simpler than what we make it out to be. Often times, what would work best is already in your closet! We all have one item that we love wearing (talking to the mamas here), and feel AMAZING in. Why not wear it?
(I think outfits are very subjective and personal. I don't intend this post to be taken literally, rather as inspiration and a sense of ease to styling your family's photo session. These are all my ideas and my style, even though I am no style guru, just a photographer. Please keep that in mind)
- Start with YOU. Yes you, mom. Pick your outfit first. Whether it is the dress in the closet you love, or something new you feel amazing in, start there. Plan everyone else to match or compliment you. There is nothing wrong with putting yourself first. It doesn't mean you think you are the center of the photo session, it is simply getting the hardest outfit out of the way.
- Use what you have. I know it is always fun to buy new stuff, but I truly think you can grab something in your closet and make it work. Its less stress, you know it fits well, kids and husbands wont be turned off by unfamiliar clothes. Plus, free!
- Don't think too much about location. This adds unnecessary stress when it honestly won't make a difference. Most of the time, outfits that are complimentary and cute look good anywhere (just like bad outfits would look bad anywhere). I would suggest to avoid wearing a lot of green (bright green) since most outdoor sessions have a lot of natural greenery and it will clash.
- Don't feel like you need to look like you're dressed for winter. I don't know why people think they have to be in scarves and sweaters for Christmas card photos. Yes its cute, but when we are shooting in October and its HOT still, it just makes for hot cranky kids. Make sure you look like you are all dressed for the same weather. No tank tops when someone is wearing a hot sweater.
- Don't be afraid or timid of patterns. I love patterns and texture in clothing. I would say to make sure no two people are in the same patterns. So if dad is in a gingham plaid, its now a pattern no one else should wear. Match colors, not patterns.
- When in doubt, go neutral. Everyone in creams or greys is gorgeous, especially when the textures are different. Thermals, chambray, lace, tulle, denim. All different textures but can be found in a similar color palette.
- I pray and hope everyone knows that the days of wearing white or black t-shirts and jeans are long over. Please oh please don't do that to yourselves.
Ready for some examples? These will not all be complete outfits. If pants are not pictured I will say what I would pair it with. ALL these items were thrown together this morning. ALL from my kids and my closets! (we are a family of 4 with a boy and a girl, so that's why most images reflect that)
You can do this too!