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What Should I Wear to My Family Photo Shoot?

“What should I wear to my family photo shoot?

This is a question I often get asked so I thought I would write a blog post offering some advice based on my own experience.

Everyone has their own style, and it is important that you wear something you are happy to wear. There’s nothing worse than uncomfy clothes, and children won’t hold back their feelings on being unhappy!

In my experience though, there are certain guides to bare in mind when selecting your family’s wardrobe for your shoot. So you can take these suggestions and put your own twist on it.

Colours that work well together

These can be neutrals i.e. whites, browns, greys or colours like blues, greens etc. A variation on different shades of colour works well with a mainly neutral base.

Cool colours like blue, grey and white work well together and warm colours like orange, brown and yellow work well together.

Another idea is parents in neutrals and the kids in colour!

It would be a mistake to all dress in the same colours (unless for a special occasion), it works much better if you select colours which are complimentary to each other.

In Autumn I often recommend mustard yellow, purples, reds and greens, as they make a pop against the autumn foliage. For summer shoots, muted, cool colours really work well together like blues, pinks, whites, peaches.

Keep patterns to a minimum

Loud patterns don’t tend to photograph well and too many clashing patterns together makes for a busy mess!

Checks, plaids and the odd subtle pattern is great with neutrals, and don’t forget that textures like cable cardigans add interest.

Solid colours always photograph better.

Leave the logos at home

You may be a big football fan or absolutely love Nike, but our tastes change with age and you may decide you prefer rugby or Ralph Lauren in the future and cringe at your old likes. Incorporating logos, although I agree this is personal to you, actually ages your photos and takes away the focus from yourselves.

Add accessories

Hats, scarves, teddies are all great accessories to enhance your photo shoot.They can help to pull the portrait together and add a personal touch.

Don’t forget about your footwear

Make sure all footwear is clean and polished if applicable. A portrait can be ruined by scruffy/muddy shoes.

Make up and hair

Light make up and natural hair works best. Keep to your usual style unless you are very confident that a new thing will work! Don’t forget to bring along a brush as kid’s hair normally needs brushing again if we are playing outside.

Be yourself

When all is said and done, it is YOUR family photo shoot, and it is important that you are COMFORTABLE. This is just a guide, so please feel free to ignore it and turn up in a bright green onesie if that is your normal dress and you are comfy.

I want you to be happy with your photos and be happy to get them out in 30 years time to show younger family members!

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