One of the most frequently asked questions from our clients is what to wear on the day of their photo session. There are lots of things family members could wear for a family portrait shoot, but for the portrait to turn out well, it’s important that the family wardrobe is carefully planned. I’ve put together this guide based on my own experience with what looks great on camera.
When choosing clothing for your family portrait, I suggest that every family member wear the same tone, not necessarily the same color. Please, be wary of stripes, busy patterns, plaid, words and logos on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family. I like to keep the focus on the subjects. Simple clothing choices, such as loose fitting solid colors, are best for creating timeless family portraits.
Jeans, khakis, overalls, sun dresses; are classics for children and photograph very well. I especially recommend boys in jeans and plain tees, and girls in simple sun dresses; weather permitting of course. Please dress in the color white as little as possible, for this color often reflects light strongly. If needed, please bring a few outfits and I would be happy to help you make the final decision on what would best suit the look and feel you are trying to achieve.
Hats and accessories such as scarves and funky belts can be very effective. If children are being photographed together, choose clothes that are similar in style to give a more coordinated look. I love bare feet, and kids love it too. If you prefer shoes please make sure that they are in good shape.
If you want a trendier look for your child, then that changes things a bit. I love the timeless looks in the clothing previously mentioned, but also enjoy sessions with a trendier feel to it. I still caution against bold logos and the color white.