This family rocked their session, not only did they all do so great, they also managed to pull of coordinating the whole lot of them. I love how they added the little pop of colour to the mix.
When I book family sessions 9 times out of ten I often get a email following about what to wear and honestly there is no simple answer.
But this session is a perfect example on how to do it right with extended families, and can easily be applied to small families as well.
I always try and tell my clients that it is important to keep a style that is true to them, it helps them be more comfortable and less awkward in photos because if they are not comfortable you will see in in the photos.
Another key point to remember is try to co-ordinate and try not to be two matchy matchy. Try to avoid a uniform look and to not have people in the same outfit. This helps break up the individuals and makes everyone stand out. Gone are the days of everyone in white shirts and denim jeans.
If you have someone who is difficult to dress start with them and pull everyones outfits from there.
Also pick a colour scheme or palate and try to incorporate 3-5 coordinating colours, patterns, or prints. This helps to avoid the matching factor and is more appeasing to the eyes. A contrasting colour is also a great idea to help break up the colour palate. It breaks up the colour scheme nicely.
A couple other small things to remember when dressing the whole family is there will be posing throughout you session and not all will be standing so white socks with dark shoes will shoe, not only a fashion faux paus but more a distraction to the picture. Also dress for the location. Try to match the type of style of clothing with location, or depending on the type of portrait a complete contrast.
Again these are just some tips and should only be taking into consideration but defiantly not “rules” and in the end just do you, because again that is who we are trying to capture:)