People often ask me what they should wear for a shoot, so today I am writing about clothing choice, as well as including some examples of family pictures with great clothing combinations.
The clothing that people are wearing is not the first thing that you should notice in a family picture. The relationship between the people in the picture and their expressions should be what your eyes focus on. If everyone is wearing clothing that has stripes, patterns, or some kind of design it takes away from the most important part of the image, which is the faces of the people in the portrait. It is best if everyone wear the same colour or shades of the same colour. That way the focus is on the faces of the people, as well as making the family look like a cohesive whole. Most people make sure that what they wear on a particular day matches. Take that a step further and make sure that the people that will be in a portrait also match each other. It really does make a difference. Here are some examples:
The above family is all wearing brown or brown and beige. I love the combination! I makes for one great portrait!
I like the white and denim that this family is wearing. The white really make them pop out against the fall leaves. And even though you don’t see their faces, you notice the little girl and wonder what she is saying. The smallest boy is so adorable in it as well. This picture wouldn’t work if the family were wearing different colours, or a clothing with a distracting design.
Wearing black is an excellent clothing choice when you have a black background. Your eyes go to the interaction and the faces. I love this portrait!
White tops with a white background is also a great choice. Doesn’t this family look great? I love how the baby is holding onto dad’s cheek!
I love this portrait! I think it looks like a poster for a movie. This couple was so much fun to work with. I also photographed their wedding which was awesome. I like the black tops with the jeans. The colour you pick for your top should be in the brown, black, navy, white or beige range for a portrait that will be a keepsake for years to come. Pant colour can be denim, beige, black or brown.
Let me know if you are interested in booking a family session this fall. I will be offering some fall portrait specials once the leaves have changed colours. Don’t delay in booking your session as times fill up quickly and I will be away for a week at the end of Sept.