What to Wear to Your Family Portrait Session

I was leaning against my car adjusting the settings on my camera when I saw them pull into the parking lot. We smiled and waved to one another as they parked next to me. Mom hopped out, dressed in a cute silky top. She held up a cardigan in each hand. “Which one, black or gray?” she asked. I quickly assessed the rest of the family’s outfits and answered, “Gray.”

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When outfitting your family for portraits it is not so important that you match precisely in colors or style. In fact, exact matching, such as all in blue jeans and white shirts, is out of date these days. What works best is to coordinate color pallets in terms of tones. Wear muted tones that are a bit subdued especially for outdoor nature portraits.

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Muted tones

Muted tones make sure that no one person stands out and that the focus remains on faces and not clothing.

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For larger groups pick 2-3 complimentary color tones and have everyone dress within that color pallete. For example, navy, dark green and burgundy are all dark jewel tones. Light olive green, denim, and tan are lighter, softer tones. When in doubt keep cool tones with cool tones and warm tones with warm tones.

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Come casual or dressy; both work. Bring your own style, but have everyone dress in the same style (i.e., not some casual and others dressy.)

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I find that many families wear jeans, which are very versatile. You can make the outfit as dressy or casual as you want depending on what top you wear. Jeans also make some poses like sitting on the ground and piggy back rides a little easier! 🙂

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When things start getting goofy, sometimes they get really goofy!

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No matter what you wear, however, I guarantee the love and smiles and joy we capture during your session will shine through in your images.

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For information on scheduling a portrait session for your family, please fill out the contact form and I will be happy to assist you. Your information will always remain private.

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