Wearing matching outfits for your family portrait is something of an old-fashioned concept (thank goodness!). There are trends that come and go and these can really date your photographs in years to come which leaves you with the question ‘What should I wear??’ When it comes to your wardrobe choices for your shoot, you want these portraits to last the test of time so here are some top tips to help you choose your outfits.
Choose coordinating colours
Whether you prefer pastels, monochrome, bolds or neutrals, sticking to a small selection of colour will mean your photographs will look co-ordinated and neat.
Combine bold statement colours with each other for a striking effect (avoid neon!) and go for timeless rich colours.
Keep it comfortable
This is very much a personal preference in terms of how smart or casual you want your outfits to be and also in line with how you normally dress on a day to day basis. As you’ve already booked with me you can see that I aim to capture lots of candid moments, so this means you want to look like ‘you’. The way you feel during your shoot will come across in the actual portraits so make sure you feel comfortable.
Comfortable, casual but timeless
Think about your home decorating
When it comes to framing and displaying your family photos, you’ll want them to look right in your home so if you have strong bold colours and/or busy wallpaper think neutral outfits. If your home is quite neutral you can be bolder with your colour choices.
Logos and patterns – use sparingly
Wearing patterns in everyday life looks great but can add a lot of distraction to a still photograph. If this is your signature look however and want to use patterns just go a little easier on this. For example, opt for you wearing a pattern and the rest of the family in in co-ordinating bold colours.
Seasonal Wardrobe choices
Living outside of the UK for 7 years, one of the things I missed the most about the UK were the seasons! The colours of the UK seasons are so special, and I love photographing in the same location during the different seasons. The colours can make such an impact to the feel of your family portraits and your colour choices can ensure you make the most of these seasons.
For your spring photo shoot, the background of your family portraits will include a lot of green. The colour blue works really well – any shades from deep dark blue to pale pastel blue. Colours to compliment royal blue could be pale pink, yellow and pale baby blue also works with colours such as peach, pink or dark blue. As the weather can still be a little cool, thinking about keeping the kids warm is important. If you’re happy wearing coats then great but if you’d prefer not to, think about layers to keep you all warm.
Your summer photo shoot should include comfortable, cool and light clothing. Hot, sweaty, grumpy kids will make your photo shoot experience a little less enjoyable so think about light cotton and light colours. The background colours will again be green so blues work with co-ordinating colours such as pink, cream and even grey. And don’t forget water to keep hydrated on a super hot summer day!
My favourite season in the UK! Your autumn photo shoot will be filled with a riot of colours which range from deep yellows, golden yellows, different shades of orange through to reds and crimsons. Wearing Deep reds/Plums, mustard yellows and dark blues can look amazing to compliment this season’s background. Again, if you’d rather keep the coats out of the picture, layer up for the chillier days.
Although the UK is cold, if you love the look of the UK winter than there’s no need to avoid a photo shoot. With more muted colours and even he possibility of snow at this time of year opt for some fun winter clothes with faux fur and winter boots. Blues, greens, pastels or even bold colours work at this time of year so have fun but make sure the kids have gloves and even scarfs!
Finally, the shoot is for you so if you want to change your outfit halfway through then that’s absolutely ok – this is your shoot and your family portraits so you get to choose. I will help guide you through and make sure we get the best family moments for you to love and treasure so you can have fun with your family, feel comfortable and make sure the shoot is everything you want it to be.
I do hope this has helped your wardrobe choices and if you have any questions or want to talk through your wardrobe choices further, don’t hesitate to call or email me.