Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.
Look at your home decor
Do you like bright bold colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.
Say no to characters and logos
Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt or bright neon shoes, but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts and logos can be pretty distracting.
Textures are your friend
I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
Avoid all white or all black clothing
If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost. Color! Color! Color!
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of, or the day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned. Make sure all outfits are pressed, tag-less and lint free!!
Finally…don’t stress yourself out! This should be a fun and relaxing experience. I always suggest making a day out of it! Get the kids excited in the morning, get pampered by getting hair and makeup done, and when the session it over, take the family to dinner to celebrate! Family portraits should be a family tradition and something the kids will always love and remember.