Fall is right around the corner and it is the most popular season for family pictures. It’s exciting to plan and prepare for your family photo shoot but deciding what to wear is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help your family look great for your fall portraits.
Don’t match - coordinate. Avoid dressing your family in matching outfits such as (for example) all jeans and tops of the same color. Instead, pick 3-4 complementing colors and use them throughout everyone’s outfit. This will help create depth and add interest to your photographs.
Stick to classic pieces for a timeless look. When choosing your outfits try to pick items that, while they may reflect current fashion, are not overly trendy. Specifically, avoid large logos or clothing with writing on it. Simple patterns are great but stay away from the ones that are too busy and contrasting as they will steal the spotlight in the photo (for example, black and white horizontal stripes).
Accessorize. Fall fashion adds a great selection of items you can incorporate into your style. Scarves, hats, belts, boots and etc. can add a perfect finishing touch to your outfit. Don’t forget about layering, it allows you to create more unique and fun looks.
Don’t be afraid of color. While neutral colors are always a great choice - don’t be afraid to use color. Well-coordinated bright colors photograph really well and add personality to every shoot. They look especially good on kids.
Comfort is key. Don’t sacrifice comfort for style. It is important that you and your family are comfortable in whatever clothing you choose. You want to be able to move freely as your photographer will most likely ask you to sit, stand, pick your kids up, jump around, etc. If an outfit feels unnatural to you or if you have to adjust it often - it will show in your pictures.
Plan ahead and look for inspiration. Start planning your outfits a few weeks before your session. Browse your favorite retailers’ catalogs, websites and window displays to get started. Many retailers coordinate colors and have complete looks available for each season’s collection. You don’t have to buy everything new. Gather some ideas and then look through your closet - it’s likely you already have most of the items you need. You may have to pick up just an item or two to tie things together for a cohesive look.
Finally, be yourselves. Before you begin to put together your outfits, stop and think about who you are as a family, what do you like to do, how you usually dress. Choose things that showcase your personalities and lifestyle and just style them up a bit. Be yourselves because it’s all about capturing your family just the way you are.
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