I often get asked before a family photo shoot what a family should wear. In fact its probably the most asked question I get from clients who book a family photo shoot.
In light of this i have decided to make the definitive guide ..........here is MrShutterbug's guide to " What to wear for a family photo shoot!!"
Start With Colour
The easiest place to start wardrobe planning is with your colour palette. Think coordinated, not “matched”. Begin by choosing a mix of complimentary neutral colours, punctuated with pops of a brighter accent colour on individual clothing items and accessories. Or go for a range of shades within your chosen palette individually for each member of your family. Your goal is to create a pulled together, coordinated look that’s natural without being overly “matchy” or “uniformed”.
Create Interest With Layers & Accessories
Using layers and accessories is a great way to add visual interest and create different “looks” for each family member during your session. Simply adding or removing items like sweaters, vests, or jackets can give you a quick “wardrobe change” between shots.
Carefully chosen accessories like scarves, statement jewellery, or a favourite hat are fun touches of personal style and personality, and they’re great techniques to make individual family members the “star” of a particular group of poses.
Timeless, Not Trendy
While the latest fashion trends can be great for your day- to-day look, taking a more classic approach to your wardrobe choices is always best for portraits. Choosing your timeless favourites — pieces that rarely go out of style — will ensure your family portraits don’t have a dated look next season.
Your Home Plays A Role
You should also consider where your portraits are going to be displayed in your home. For larger canvases or framed prints, perhaps intended as the focal point of a family room or dining room, consider your wall colours and the overall décor and style in those rooms as you plan your wardrobe choices.
What to wear Tips
• Haircuts and styling are best scheduled two to three weeks before your shoot to allow hair to grow out for a more comfortable, true-to-you look.
• Try to avoid bold, graphic logos or sports team graphics on apparel. They can be distracting in an image.
• Be sure your shoes fit the look of your wardrobe. White tennis shoes can be too bright and usually aren’t the best choice.
I firmly believe that family lifestyle photographs in the great outdoors create the most natural pictures and I had a lot of fun along the way. Living so close to Windsor Great Park is fantastic as it offers so much scope for great family photography, from bridges over streams to walks in the woods the settings are just perfect. If you would like to book a family session in the Great Park Then click here.