I know, I know... it's a struggle to find the perfect outfit(s) for a photo shoot. We feel ya!
You want to look clean-cut, but not be stiff.
You want to be stylish, but still be yourself.
You want to wear a little bit more makeup than normal, but not resemble a porcelain doll.
So how do you find a happy medium?
I'm here to help! Before I begin, I do want to say that these are my personal opinions as a photographer, and not Holy writ. If you still want your family to wear matching outfits when you're done reading this, then by all means, wear matching outfits.
I've seen so many family portraits of families on the beach wearing the white shirts and the khakis.
A classic, and so many families have done it.
But why do that when contrasting colors can be coordinated? Do something like the photo below! Their clothes along with their beautiful faces just make the picture pop.
I know I said this is not Biblically accurate but you can quote this as Scripture.
If you're doing an engagement shoot, do not wear the exact same color.
Now you might be thinking, "How do I coordinate colors?"
You have a very useful tools at your disposal. Myself and Pinterest.
Here are some guidelines.
Mix Light and Dark Contrasts.
Mix Patterns & Solids
Mix Brights & Neutrals
I recently did a shoot with the Rader family and Colleen did this beautifully
Picking the Right Colors
Use your instincts to tell you what colors look good together. If you need a starting point, I found this on Pinterest.
Dress Up Together
Don't get all weird on me, but what I mean is you should all be on the same wave length and communicate. If you're wearing a dress and heels, then your husband shouldn't be in jeans and a T-shirt. Vice-versa, although if your husband is wearing heels I think you have a bigger problems then trying to figure out what to wear to a photo shoot.
This is especially important for seniors! Bring an array of clothing suitable for different occasions. Show them to your photographer (me). I will be able to tell what will coordinate well with lighting, background, and the mood of each individual setting.
When choosing your outfits, ask your photographer if you're unsure of something. Send them a picture. You're not bugging them; they love to be involved!
Wear your smile.
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