When it comes to photo shoots, one of the most common questions I get is, “What should we wear?” It’s a tricky decision! Since these photos will last a lifetime, you want them to be timeless whilst making sure your and your entire family look as good as possible. At the same time, you also want to look yourselves — not wearing stuffy clothes that make you feel uncomfortable. I always recommend wearing clothing that makes you feel and look your best self, which can be different for every person. However if you're really stuck, below are a few suggestions that will help you and your family photograph beautifully.
Although these points can be used for both couple and family shoots, it is mainly aimed towards families - if you'd like to see ideas tailored more to couples, you can click here
1. WEAR COORDINATING (NOT MATCHING) OUTFITS
Make sure your outfits coordinate well with one another. Stick to a colour palette of one or two colours. Matching outfits can look a little dated — coordinated outfits look harmonious and pretty. To make sure all of your outfits go well together, try laying out everyone’s photoshoot outfits together the day before.
2. LET YOUR KIDS HAVE A SAY
Ask your children what they’d like to wear. Asking their opinions will help to make sure they feel comfortable and involved.
3. DRESS WEATHER APPROPRIATE
Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you dress accordingly; you don't want to be standing in wet grass with your flipflops on. It's also a good idea to consider what colours to wear, consider matching your clothes to the season your photo shoot is booked.
And if it’ll be chilly during your photoshoot, be sure to bundle up a bit!
4. Bring a Cardigan or jacket
If you're struggling to decide what to wear, simply putting on or swapping a jacket/cardigan can completely change your outfit and give you a whole new range of photos without taking up any time.
A few don’ts:
While what you decide to wear is ultimately up to you and your family, there are a few things that tend not to photograph well.
• Patterns: one or two family members wearing a pattern is okay, but too many patterns tend to clash and draw too much attention.
• White: wearing white tends to wash people out.
• Large logos: graphic tees tend to distract from the most important part of the photo — your beautiful faces!