Help, what do we wear?!
What looks good for what type of photoshoot?
People certainly differ, and some prefer to be comfortable in all situations above anything else. However, a professional photoshoot is an investment, and its results might hang on your walls to greet friends & family when they visit your home or be used for the imagery on your social media sites. Whatever you do with it, you will certainly be looking at it for years to come, so why not put effort into looking your best?! For any shoot with other family members, I would suggest beautiful coordinating outfits as described below. For extra effort for a family photoshoot, dad and the boys can get a neat haircut and matching pants. Mom and the girls can wear beautiful flowing dresses in harmonizing colours, and spend some quality time beforehand getting their hair done together! Professional makeup is not a must, but it certainly enhances any photo. In fact, I would suggest it as a definite to compliment any of the following types of photoshoots: couples- & engagement, maternity or creative portraits.
Choose coordinating colours, not matching
Knowing what colours to wear for a photoshoot can be tricky. Start off with colours that coordinate well. You can accomplish a cohesive look without everyone wearing the exact same outfit. By selecting a colour scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural rounded look. Pick two main colours and then add softer tones to accent and complete your colour scheme.
Limit distracting patterns and large logos
Articles of clothing with abstract patterns, strong prints or bright logos, will distract from the subject (you & your family), and overpower the photo. Avoid items that clash and stick to one pattern or textural element.
Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos
Accessories are great style pieces that add to your individual outfits and can even tie family members’ outfits together. For example, if Dad is wearing a dark brown coat then adding a dark brown hat to your daughter’s outfit will tie the pattern in for a more cohesive feel. Accessories will also give your photos variation. Think scarves, hats, gloves and belts.
Keep location in mind
An important factor to consider when trying to decide on outfits is the location of your photoshoot. Are you going to be on the beach where there are plenty of neutral tones, or in a park surrounded by bright foliage? Select a colour palette for your outfits that will complement the background and not compete with it. If you have specific outfits in mind but are not sure of a location that would work to complement your choices, let me know and I can make a suggestion. I have spent lots of time scouting many beautiful locations, so I will definitely be able to help!
Consider your home decor
You’ll want to consider your home decor style when picking your outfits for the photoshoot. Since a few of these photos will most likely be hanging on your walls, make sure that the clothing you select compliments the colour scheme of your home.
Plan your outfits in advance
The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be, especially if it's a family shoot with young children.
Lay each family member’s outfit together while planning
This way you’ll have a better idea about how the pieces will look next to each other. You will easily be able to see what works and what doesn’t. Plus, this way, you can make sure that you’re not missing any essential clothing items.
Select outfits that will make for a timeless portrait
Styles come and go but, photos are forever. If all else fails, go for the timeless, classic outfits!