Because moms love looking great as much as they love great portraits, I wanted to devote a blog post here and there to the subject. And I wish I could take credit for this idea, but really it was the talent behind Wallflower Photography that inspired this. I just recognize a cool and helpful idea when I see one, and I wanted to pass along my own thoughts and helpful hints. It really doesn’t have to be difficult or painful to coordinate the family’s wardrobe for a photo shoot. Just keep a few things in mind.
#1 – Keep the colors, patterns, and styles simple. In other words, think about how dated the portraits from your childhood now look. If you would like trendy portraits, hey, I’m all for that. But, if this portrait will be hanging on your wall as artwork for years to come, you might consider a classic approach to your clothing choices. Oh, and consider taking one or 2 shots barefoot, since shoes really date a photograph. Plus, it’s an unexpected touch that lends some authenticity and a casual feel to your photographs.
#2 – Words and Logos are generally not your friend! Logos and wording are distracting. Shirts will rarely be readable, depending on how you are posed, so sticking with solids is often your best bet. And while logos are not your friend, layers most definitely are! They add texture and dimension to your photograph, so incorporate a few touches such as ruffles, a belt, and beads. An added bonus is that removing a layer such as a sweater is an instant wardrobe change during your photo shoot.
#3 (see footnote*) – Don’t be twinkies. No, I’m not talking about the cream filled pastries that will survive a nuclear Armageddon. I’m talking about everyone dressing the same. You may think it’s cute, but trust me on this one, your kids don’t. And if they do, they are just too young to know any better. Ok, I’m ribbing you, but think about this. Would you want to go shopping with your mom and be caught carrying the same handbag and wearing the same Minolo Blahniks? Um, no. Right? Look, everyone in your family is an individual. It only makes sense for that to extend to their clothing.
A great way to create a family wardrobe for your shoot is to browse your favorite online stores, such as Old Navy. They make it so easy to coordinate your entire family. What are you waiting for? When you’re done, make sure to e-mail me to set up your appointment. I’m ready to book your family session. It’s time to start thinking about holiday photo greeting cards, too!
*This one is actually just my own personal preference, so please don’t be offended if your favorite family portrait shows you all sporting the same outfit. And rest assured that if you want to dress your family in white button downs and denim, I will still make sure you have gorgeous portraits.