5 TIPS FOR STYLING YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION
Booking your family session is a significant accomplishment whether you’re booking for your own small family or your large extended family. Coordinating everyone’s schedules is quite a task. But that’s just the first step! Now you need to figure out what everyone will wear. With so many outfits to choose from, how will you narrow it down? Does everyone even have outfits that will all coordinate? Where do you begin?! As your photographer, it is my job to help you look and feel your best on the day of your session – no matter what type of session you’ve booked with me. Let me help you plan your wardrobe by sharing the 5 tips for styling your family portrait session.
CONSIDER YOUR LOCATION AND THE SEASON
Your portrait location and the current season will influence your outfit choices quite a bit. For the location, what you would wear for an urban city scene would be pretty different than what you would wear for a field of wildflowers. Some locations allow for a more formal look, whereas a more relaxed attire would be needed for others. As far as the season goes, you’re more likely to want longer, darker, warmer-toned clothes in the Fall and Winter and shorter, brighter, cooler-toned clothes in the Spring and Summer. Consider what vibe you hope to achieve in your portraits. That will help you narrow down your outfit choices.
DRESS MOM FIRST
Once you’ve decided which location and season you are dressing for, start by selecting one “master” outfit. This outfit will be the one from which all of the other outfits are chosen. I always suggest dressing Mom or Grandma first. Wear something flattering that you feel comfortable in. Form-fitting is best. You might choose something with a pattern or print – and that is ok. I have found that having one or two outfits with complimentary prints and patterns is nice because it allows for more matching options for the other outfits.
SELECT A COLOR SCHEME
After you’ve selected your starting outfit, choose a couple of complimentary coordinating colors. I like to mix in some neutral colors such as brown, beige, white, grey, blue, and black, and then add a pop of color. Try to avoid bright neon colors and instead choose their muted counterparts. Your color scheme can be monochromatic (different tones and shades of the same color), complimentary (colors opposite of each other on the color wheel), or triadic (colors at the points of a triangle on the color wheel). If all else fails, the color wheel will never let you down!
COORDINATE, DON’T MATCH
When selecting everyone’s outfits, keep in mind that you want everyone to coordinate – not be identical. Gone are the days where everyone wears white polos and jeans. These days we like outfits that complement each other while providing depth and dimension to the final picture. You can best achieve this by combining patterns with two or three complementary colors. Don’t be afraid of mixing fabrics and textures!
Once you have the base of your outfits picked out, you can start adding the accessories. Accessories are also an easy way to tie several outfits together. Think shoes, hats, scarves, and jewelry. This is your time to personalize your outfit to your taste and style. Whatever you choose to add, have fun with it!
So there you go! Five tips for styling your family portrait session!
How do you normally select your outfits for your portrait sessions? Let me know down below!