Not too long ago I posted my thoughts on what clients should wear to engagement sessions. it was also a not so subtle post about my love/addiction to pinterest.com. It was a huge hit with clients, so I thought I would continue the series but this time focus on family clients! This is a huge common question. I totally get it, I have the same issue every year when I organize my own family photos.
The key to family wardrobe for photos is really coordination NOT matching. Just like I said in the last post if you show up in matching polos & pleated khakis my camera will magically stop working. No one wants super dated matchy-matchy family photos. Coordinating means picking a color palette that suits all of you and going with that. It can be as simple as black & white, or all jewel tones, or all primary colors. The options are endless! Just make sure you are not matching, and not outright clashing. I love color & patterns, I think layers are always great. I also love accessories & personality. If your 2 year old lives in his rain boots bring them! Does your 7 year old love her big chunky pink pearls or her rainbow tights, awesome! Kids should be comfortable and full of character, not stiff & formal in my opinion. If you do want something more formal we can make that work, but it will be extra hard to make jr smile if he has never been in a 3 piece suit before, so just weigh your options carefully.
Here is a fun & sweet family wardrobe idea:
You can see more ideas & inspiration on my “what to wear family” board on pinterest. I plan to keep adding & changing ideas with the seasons.
The options are endless, and can really be more about your setting. If we are doing something more downtown, it may lend it self to brighter colors. But if the setting is an open field, having more outdoorsy, or natural colors can really work.
Here are some great examples:
- The Price Family: bold prints & patterns to go with an urban & colorful setting.
- The Goodale Family: Brown, oranges & pinks for a fall setting.
- The Bouska family: Grey, Brown, and bright blue for pops of color on the trail.
- Daria, Dalles & Xander: Red, Blue, Black & White standard super hero colors.
A few other things to remember:
Did I mention they should be fun? A few things you should NOT do:
- dye your hair or get a drastic cut the night before (Moms, Dads or kids)
- try our new makeup you have never worn before
- wear 5 inch heals if you never, ever wear heels.
- forget to eat prior (the best images are always of happy, well rested kids with full tummies, trust me)
- Feed your kids tons of sugar if they are not used to it.
Things you should do prior:
- get a good night’s sleep the night prior (I know a tall order with little ones, but its so good for your skin!)
- bring items special your family or kids, that would be fun to include ( Like Malcom’s glasses, Scarlett’s car or Welly’s piano.)
- Find some fun winter hats, or colorful boots. Again bringing out kids personality is always so fun.
- choose a location that has special meaning to you guys as a family. Your favorite spot for a hike, or the local icecream shop. I am always up for creative ideas outside the box.
I hope that helps!
And of course, it has to be said. Now is the time to book your pre-holiday sessions! My October & November dates are starting to fill up, so lets get on the calender now! With plenty of time to shop for outfits too!