This is a question that I get asked more than any other. Everybody wants to know, what to wear to their family photoshoot.
These photographs will be with you for a long time and may even be passed down to future generations, so it is really worth the effort to choose fantastic clothing and make these portraits something even more special. If you are like me, this may mean doing a bit of shopping, yeah, to find the perfect look.
So here are the best tips and advice for selecting your families outfits for the session.
Long gone are the days of matching velour jogging suites. In fact having everyone’s outfit match completely is now very outdated. That said, it is still important to co-ordinate the styles and colours so that everyone in the family looks like they belong together. If you have booked me for my style, you know I love whites, neutrals and earthy colours. Stick to that, it will be amazing, I promise.
These are your portraits so they need to reflect your families personality and style. Are you more formal? Do you prefer jeans or a dress? I love bare feet, so keep that in mind. It is important to think about your overall style when designing the outfits for your family photoshoot.
I have a family portrait from when I was a child, it is the only professional family portrait we had taken and it is still very precious for me (despite my awful hair style). It is important to remember that a great family portrait will stay with you for many years so it is best to avoid anything that is highly fashionable at the moment. Think classic when planning what you are going to wear. And choose clothing (and accessories) that will stand the test of time. When in doubt, go for classic.
This is one of those times when preparation is essential. It is a bit stressful trying to get yourselves ready on the morning of your shoot so save yourself the stress and pre-plan the clothing. Lay out the outfits next to each other and see if they work as well as you had imagined. Allow time to shop, in case you decide to purchase additional items. Don’t assume the kids clothes will fit correctly (especially if they are new), get them to try them on a few days before the shoot. Hopefully with good planning, there will be less stress for you on the day.
All of these can be quite distracting in portraits. We want the focus to go to your faces, your expressions and the connections you share, not to Peppa Pigs face on a child’s t-shirt.
I have hundreds of kids outfits in the studio, and they are yours to wear if you wish. They are gorgeous and fit my style perfectly.
It is hard to get happy, relaxed photos if someone is feeling really uncomfortable in their clothing. My sister loves skinny jeans on her little boy (and they do look totally adorable) but he gets frustrated if he can’t bend his legs to climb up onto the sofa. Try to get the best of both comfort and style when choosing what to wear for your family. I am sure they will thank you for it
Most clients pack every outfit they can think of into a pully suitcase. It does look like are moving in with me, but I want you to be happy with what you are wearing, so bring everything.
These are definitely the magic words when it comes to choosing what to wear to your family photo session. As long as you keep these in mind when planning your outfits, you can’t go wrong!
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Oswestry Shropshire Newborn and Family Photographer