Tomorrow is October. Which means. It's that time of year. Fall for Photographers is what Tax Season is to accountants. This is crunch time. Our busiest time of year (come November if you know a Photographer hug them).
But for you that means one thing. It's time for the annual Family Portrait.
You walk to your closet, open the doors and realize. You have NO idea what to wear. What will your husband wear? What will the kids wear???? And frustration follows. I am here to help with a few simple tips to making sure you and your family look amazing for your portraits.
You scrolled and saw that photo and thought, "WHAT??? This woman is crazy!" But it's Friday, and I wanted to give you a laugh. (if you want to laugh even more and see much, much worse check out AkwardFamilyPhotos.com it will make your day. )
GONE are the days of every matching. No one does that anymore. No white shirts and jeans, or khakis. You can officially represent YOUR family. Your style. Even your individual styles. All you need is to follow FOUR SIMPLE STEPS.
1. Choose 3 to 5 colors that look good together.
Look at the color wheel or simply lay a few items out on your bed and choose your colors. Once you have done that, you simply make sure everyone is in some variation of those colors. (do consider your background with this. If your location is very green, probably don't include alot of green)
For example. the family I have been editing choose white, maroon, navy, black and brown. He's in plaid, she has a gorgeous kimono, baby in a solid. Done and done. And they look awesome.
Here are a few style combos I snagged from Pintrest. (*Yes, use Pintrest or Polyvore to help you. Even if you don't go shopping. They can give you a visual of what looks good. Warning: Both sites make hours of time disappear. You have been warned.)
2. Choose the outfit for the HARDEST to dress person first.
There's one in every family. The one who is hardest to dress. Maybe a child, maybe (like my family) the mom. Either way, choose for them and coordinate everyone else. It will save frustration and again, help keep the color palette.
Since, often I think mom feels she's the hardest. Here are a few looks for mom I snagged from Pintrest again.
3. You Can Mix Patterns, but DO NOT Match Them
Plaids with a flowered dress? Sure? Plaid with a different same size plaid? No.
If all the boys are in plaid variations of different sizes, etc.. it can work. BUT what often happens is the guys are in small plaid and it's too much. As long as you lay all the outfits together and it looks good, you are good to go. You can see as it's laid before you whether you have too much of a good thing.
4. Be comfortable.
No matter how cute the outfit. If your kids or hubby (or even yourself) are itchy, uncomfortable it will show in the photos. Family portraits flow easily when it's fun. Your laughing, comfortable, just enjoying each other and allowing the photographer to capture that. When someone is uncomfortable you will hear about it. Throughout the session and it takes away from the fun, loving atmosphere. Adding accessories, hats, scarves, etc.. can make an outfit pop without making it uncomfortable and always add interest to your portraits.
There you have it. Four simple steps to looking great for your family photos.
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