If you are anything like me, you find that styling your family for a photography session can be the most stressful part of the whole situation! Honestly, the number one question that I get from my clients is, "what should we wear?" After all, you want to look fashionable, but be comfortable. You want to have a cohesive look, but you don't want to look too dated. Well, fear no more!! For this blog post, I have given my top five styling tips to help guide you as you dress your family for the camera this season! Enjoy!
Alicia's Styling Tips:
Know your location
Check with your photographer to make sure that the colors you are planning don't clash with the location where you will be taking portraits. The last thing you want is to arrive at your session to find that you totally blend with your background.
Coordinate Your Look
Pick one or two main colors that you want to incorporate into your outfits. Then choose an neutral accent color (like white, grey, or tan) to create balance among your family members. Make sure each family member has at least one of the main colors in their outfit somewhere. (Think jewelry, scarfs, hair bows, etc.). Notice how this gorgeous family has two bold, complimentary hues (red and yellow), but the grey in the suits acts as a way to tie it all together...so stunning!
Details help to add visual interest to your portraits. Varying your choice of fabrics and incorporating layers will make for a more cohesive look. Things like vests, scarves, and jewelry can really complete a look. Always avoid clothing with visible logos or writing on them, which can be distracting. And don't forget to remove wallets and cell phones from pockets before beginning your session to avoid unflattering lines.
Of course you want to look beautiful, but you also don't want to look too stiff or uncomfortable in your portraits. I would love to wear heels and a dress for MY family portraits, but the fact is, that my kiddos are young, and I will probably be running and playing with them during our session, so a formal look isn't realistic for me at this phase of life haha! Choose clothes that make you feel confident and beautiful!
I always tell my clients that the woman should choose her outfit first, and then coordinate the rest of the family from there. Trust me, I know we all have that adorable outfit that we want our little cutie photographed in, but you will be SO much less stressed if you have your outfit chosen first. Make sure that it is something that makes you feel confident, and comfortable.