With the holidays just a few short months away, I wanted to answer the question that I get most during this time of year for family sessions. “What should we wear?”
While there is no real correct answer, I feel there are some real basic guidelines that can help when getting your photo taken.
First, lets go through the No-No’s of wardrobe for photography:
1. Avoid anything with a big logo. I’m talking about those shirts that look like they are walking advertisement in the middle of your chest. Not only is it distracting, but its not flattering. We want to see you, not the brand you’re wearing.
2. Don’t dress exactly alike. While this was a huge trend in the 80/90s, that has since changed. Your friends and family want to see your individuality really shine through in your photos, so ditch the uniform and wear something that showcases who you are individually and as a family!
3. See through tops/pants. Maybe you weren’t aware that it was see through at home, but once you went outside it was pretty evident that everything can be seen. We want to avoid any embarrassing moments when you send out those holiday cards.
Now for what you should wear:
1. Match the theme of your home. By that I mean, if you have colors at home like mustard yellow, grey and white… why not wear something that complements your home? If you plan on ordering prints, and will be showcased at home you want something that’s cohesive with the look.
2. Look like a family. This is one that clients get a bit stuck on. Pinterest is a wonderful source of inspiration when it comes to matching as a family, but not being “matchy matchy” when having your portraits taken. Find a base for your inspiration and go from there. In my own family, I use whatever I want my son to wear and base what we will wear around that. 🙂
3. Comfortable shoes! I have clients that want to shoot at the beach or on a trail, etc… dress for the occasion. While heels look fierce and awesome, they might not be the best pick for a hiking trail or sinking sand.
Here are some examples of some color inspiration!
Most importantly, have fun! I know coordinating for a photo session can get a bit daunting and stressful, but really have fun with it! Let those incredible personalities really shine through!