A few years ago, our own family gifted my parents with an extended family photo session for their 50th wedding anniversary. As a mom figuring out what my family should wear, I started to feel the stress that my clients feel when they ask themselves “What should I wear?”
#1 Choose a color palette of 3 colors
Choose colors that complement each other. When choosing neutral colors, be sure to add one complementary color to add a little “pop”. If you are having a hard time choosing a colors, choose ONE patterned piece- this could be a shirt or a scarf, etc. Pull the colors for all other pieces from this pattern. You may want to consider where you plan to display the photo in your home; what colors will complement your home design?
What colors should you choose? This is really up to you. For fall, I love jewel tones:
#2: Consider the background, and the weather
Consider what colors and clothing will complement the setting for your photos. For example, if you’re headed to a Christmas Tree Farm, choosing lots of green may not be the best idea. Think about complementing colors, instead of blending in. Dress for the weather! Everyone will look more natural if you’re warm and comfortable.
#3 Embrace individuality
Instead of forcing kiddos to conform, embrace their individual flair! Less stress, and the kids will be happier. How does this work?
#4 Play with textures
Textures add some visual interest to your photos. Examples include tweed, denim, and wool. Fall is a perfect season to play with textures!
After all this planning, don’t forget the footwear! Shoes don’t have to be fancy or expensive, but do consider how your footwear complements your outfit.
Top 5 things to avoid
Solid black and solid white tops
Too many colors
Shirts with lots of graphics, logos, or writing
Lots of classic red (unless a Christmas shoot)
Overall, you don’t have to spend loads of money on your family outfits. I’ve had families get super creative by working with what they already have, bargain shopping, or even borrowing a piece or two from a friend!