“What should we wear?” is the #1 question I get. I truly understand because I’ve been there! Here are some wardrobe tips for your family session.
And I’ll be totally honest here…. I am no fashionista, so when I’m in need of answers, I go to the internet and get ideas!
Here’s one of my Pinterest boards for a Spring session. I just enter ‘wardrobe inspiration’ or ‘what to wear’, and there are so many talented people who have done the work for me!
Here are the steps, in order of importance!
1 ) Inspiration
Choose your inspiration piece. It could be a sentimental object, favorite accessory, or the outfit that you love. It could also be a prop, or better yet, a location.
2 ) Color scheme
One important thing to consider when choosing your color theme, is to make sure it matches your homes aesthetic. You also will want to consider the time of day you are taking your photos. Here is an article I wrote on Color Theory + Color of Light.
Go online and create searches like, “portrait color scheme fall (or winter, beach, spring, gray & yellow, woods, pinks, preppy, etc.)”. Pick a scheme that will go with your planned location and session time.
You can also plan your own color scheme by using the color wheel and color theory!
3 ) Mom
Typically moms outfit is decided on first. Then the others are built around it. Solid colors are usually a little more flattering, but a print layered with a cardigan would work nicely too. And mom, this would be a great time to treat yourself to professional hair and makeup! When you are feeling extra pretty and confident, it reflects on the rest of the family as well.
4 ) Accessories
Layers are key to making a look really soar and adding flair. Your accessory list could include: sweater, vest, scarf, jewelry, headband, hair bow, belt, tights, hat, the list goes on. These various accessories can be changed during the session and offer us more looks during a set. Bring extra!
5 ) Dad
Dads tend to like a classic, easy look. Often his outfit is more neutral and anchors the group. A nice plaid that contains the color scheme could be perfect. Just let him wear what he’s comfortable in. Trust me, you would rather him be comfortable and happy in your photos, then not. His agony will shine through 😉
5 ) Siblings/Kids
By now you have the colors, patterns, and textures set. Here is where you’ll add another pop of color. I suggest a barrette or bow to hold back hair for kids. As we move and play, it’s nice to have her face in view and not having to keep brushing away strays.
Also, I strongly recommend you work with the kids on what they want to wear! Strive to find middle ground, because they don’t want to wear something they hate any more than you do. And I promise, the uneasiness will translate into the picture!
WHAT TO BRING
-Change of clothes for kids
-Touch up makeup
-Lint roller (if you’re in dark colors)
I hope I’ve given you some useful wardrobe tips for your family session!