People often ask me what to wear for their sessions, so I thought I’d occasionally post a “What to Wear Wednesday” with clothing inspiration. This week is focused on what to wear for a family session.
What Looks Great:
- A color palette with different shades of two or three complimenting colors, paired with neutrals like khakis, jeans, a white skirt, etc.
- Clothing that fits well. Clothing that fits properly but isn’t too tight is much more flattering than loose, baggy clothing.
- Clothing that is comfortable. When you aren’t comfortable, it shows in the photo. Wear something you can move around in comfortably.
- Accessories — they can really add a lot of personality to the photo.
What Doesn’t Work:
- Large logos and characters are distracting. I want the emphasis of the photo to be on your faces, not your clothing!
- Dark green isn’t the best choice for outdoor portraits — instead of having the subjects stand out from the background, dark green blends in.
- I love patterns — in moderation. Loud, busy patterns on more than one person in the group is going to clash. One simple pattern that goes with the color scheme can work well, though.
I always recommend that families pick two colors that compliment each other nicely and find outfits that follow that color scheme. Clothing doesn’t have to be matching or identical — in fact, I think it looks more natural if the clothing doesn’t match perfectly.
Here is an example of outfits that would look great for a family session:
As you can see, none of the outfits match each other but each outfit coordinates with the other outfits.