What Should I Wear For My Family Photoshoot?
Congratulations on booking your family photoshoot! You’ve researched & picked a photographer whose work you love and now you have to figure out what to wear! You want classic, timeless photos to grace the walls of your home, you want you and your children to look your best, but aren’t sure what will work on camera. My dos and don’ts below should help to narrow your choices down! Best of all, if you have chosen me as your photographer, I am happy to offer a complimentary wardrobe consultation, we can discuss your choices and make sure it is all going to work with the location you have chosen.
DO consider at your home decor. Do you like bright colours or prefer neutrals? If you plan to display your images in your home then consider what will best compliment your chosen colour scheme.
DO consider the location when planning your outfits – for example, everybody wearing white or light neutrals for a beach photoshoot looks beautiful but may look stark and out of place in the woods or rainforest. Rich, jewel tones can look beautiful against a background of greenery.
DON’T wear anything with large logos or patterns. These can really detract from the rest of the image & your photos will date easily. You want your photos to look timeless and classic.
DON’T wear anything too casual, you want to look comfortable, but also the best version of yourself.
DO use colour to bring out the best in your skin tone. Make sure you try on your outfit in front of the mirror in natural daylight and look for any colour reflections under your chin. Make sure what you have chosen doesn’t make you look washed out, or make your skin look sallow or ruddy.
DO leave the sunglasses, hats and caps at home – we want to see your faces in the photographs!
DON’T worry about everybody matching, as long as the outfits go together. Look for clothes that are in complimentary colours a similar colour palette.
DO the squint test! A good way to make sure your family’s outfits will work together in the photos is to lay them all on the bed, take a step back and squint your eyes. This should make it obvious if something doesn’t fit with the theme, or clashes.
DO have a dress rehearsal and all try your outfits on a few weeks out from your session. This way you don’t run the risk of something not fitting, not being as flattering as you remember, or needing a wash on the day.
DO bring a change of clothes for the kids, great in case of accidents, but if we have time we can shoot a second look to give your portraits more variety.
DON’T forget to accessorise – scarves, statement necklaces & other jewellery really take your outfit to the next level
DON’T forget to get your roots touched up if required, you want to look your best. If you are going to visit the salon, try to do so around two weeks out from your portrait session. This gives your new style time to settle, and you should look your best.
DO show your personalities! You want your images to reflect who you are as a family, so don’t be afraid to express yourselves through your clothes.
DON’t forget the lippy! Make-up wise, it is best to wear more than you would for everyday wear, as the camera will wash you out otherwise. Some extra Lipstick, mascara & blush can make an enormous difference to a portrait.
DON’T overdo the tan! If you usually get a spray tan, don’t overdo it as they generally look orange and muddy on camera. If you don’t usually get a spray tan then its probably best not to start now!
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