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"I have no idea what we should wear."
First, let me say, this was going to be a "What to Wear Wednesday" post, but apparently the allergies are rough right now and I got vertigo yesterday. Taking my entire day with it. Ugh. But, it's a new day, feeling better and ready to make today amazing!
So, a common question all photographers get is, "what should we wear?". I've done posts in the past on this. We should all know by now, that under no circumstances SHOULD YOU MATCH YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY (ok, unless its matching pajamas). No white shirts with jeans, or black shirts with khakis.
Just. Say No.
We are now in the age where as long as the items look good next to each other on the bed, you are good to go! Coordinate, not match is the name of the game.
I was at Target on Tuesday looking for some stuff for myself and came across entire racks of AMAZINGNESS for family portraits. Well, for moms, but I saw adorable clothes for the kiddos as well (and let's face it, dad is the easiest to dress) They have a brand called, Knox Rose. The tops and dresses. Jackets, all of it screamed out to be photographed. I even snapped a few with my phone that I loved.
1. Layers, accessories, etc.. add interest. Use it!
Jackets, vests, hats, scarves, all these things are super fall and awesome. Coordinate it into your outfit and add interest to your images! But don't lose your style just to add in an accessory.
2. DO NOT choose small plaid or striped prints.
These patterns look cute on, do not photograph well. They get all wonky in camera so avoid to make sure your images look their best. Even these two shirts on the Target website you can tell, mess with the camera.
3. Keep to what is comfortable.
I know it's Fall. We want Winter, we want a chill in the air. Only problem? We live in Florida, so unless the weather report says it's a cold front, don't force your family to wear sweaters and extra layers. If they are hot and miserable, it will be harder to bring out their personalities, laughter and love. You can add a touch of fall and still be comfortable. :-)
Now, onto a couple ideas for the whole family. I kept mom's outfit the same and the toddler girl, then broke them into two different styles.
First, if your family is a little more casual. Preteen boy really doesn't want a button down, or your toddler boy wants comfort, here is one set of looks. Again, you notice layers, comfort, and coordination without matching everyone. The denim vest, and dad's layering of shirts adds extra interest and style. Lots of blue, but you could switch it up some for more army green, or even pink to play off little sister's dress.
The second set is more dressy. Sleeves can be rolled up if its warmer out. Jackets and such can be easily added if it's a bit chilly. (Denim, Army green, Khaki and brown are good jackets to have around to easily add on and still coordinate.) Make it your own!
For more ideas, be sure to follow my Pintrest Family Portrait Board. I pin outfits ideas on their often to keep it easy. :-) Keep scrolling for some fabulous from the past to help you out as well!
**Oh, and next Thursday I have even better Family Portrait Tips for mom. An easy makeup tutorial, by the amazing Valerie of ValValBeauty on Instagram. We will be live so be sure to check it out!
Melody is a wife, mother of 2 girls, lover of God, family, connection and love. A series case of Wanderlust and a bit of a foodie, Melody seeks to capture the truest image of each family, each milestone, each moment that her clients can cherish.