Clothing Suggestions for Family Photos

Choosing clothing for your photo session can be tricky!

Let me break down how to decide what to wear...

You want your clothes to fit you well and be flattering to your body shape, while at the same time be coordinated to the others in your group. They should not be distracting or take away from the important things in the photo - you and your family!

So how do you do this? Here are some tips!

Wear mostly solid coloured clothing so that we see all of your faces and no one stands out from the others. Big prints or patterns will make you stand out from the rest of your family, as do bright colours.
Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your bottom half look bigger!
Choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, colours with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. Don’t worry about “matching” each other… just think “looks nice together”.  We want to see the people first and not your clothing.
Consider your location/background when you choose your colours. Are you getting portraits done on the beach (blue tones) or out in nature with green/browns behind you? In the city? At night?
Textures are good, use bright colors only for accents.  Sweaters or scarves and other textured clothing is great. Use bright colors for small accents (if you wish to use them at all) but not for whole outfits.
Cover large areas of skin (besides the face!) Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention. (And may also make your arms look larger.) Same goes for legs… long pants / dresses are better than shorts if you want to minimize the attention that goes to your legs. It also makes it easier for ladies to sit in various positions if not worrying about a short skirt… below the knees is best.
Choose dark socks and shoes (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white draws attention to it and your socks shouldn’t be the focus of your portrait!
Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes – no fancy up dos with jeans, no pony tails with evening gowns, etc. The best portraits will reflect who you are and bring out your best… You’ll like the photos better if they look like you.