What do I wear during my family photoshoot??
I get asked this question alot - in fact its the most frequently asked question I get. I find this a really difficult question to answer as everyone has their own personal style and version of what looks good on them. In the simplest terms, wear what you feel comfortable in and what you'll be happy looking at on your walls for the next 20 or so years! Something that's not going to look dated in the years to come. My general advice is keep it simple and stick to something that reflects your personality and style.
Here are some suggested do's and don't of what to wear during a photoshoot
- Try to avoid large, bold prints or patterns or anything with a large logo on it.
- Avoid outfits that show either tan lines or bra lines - this is especially important for breast feeding mums with large, obvious bra straps on their feeding bras
- don't match - everyone wearing jeans and white t-shirts went out with the 90's!
- Don't all wear one base colour. For example dressed everyone in white doesn't show any of your personality or add visual interest to an image
- Do not wear ANYTHING with thin pin stripes. It creates a photographic artifact called 'moire' and it is horrible and very difficult to edit - google it - it looks like when you take a photo of your TV and you can see thin, swirly lines!
- Wear something flattering to your body shape - if you're self conscious about a part of your body (and trust me - everyone is!) wear something flattering that covers the bits you're often trying your best to hide. Most portrait photographers have posing tips and tricks they can give you during a sessions. I will help you with these during the session to have you looking your best in your photographs - some poses might feel weird and unnatural but are ultimately going to make you look your best in your photos
- Use a base colour or colour scheme and add pops of colour. For example your could use white/cream/grey as a base colour and add splashed of colour such as blue or green for some of your family members. Try dressing the boys in family in neutral and have the girls wear some colour in their outfits
- Add some visual appeal with some patterns that co-ordinate with your colour choice
- Bring some of your own personality or your kids personality to the shoot. Bring hats, beads, necklaces, scarves etc to your session. Anything that brings in your families style and personality
The key is to co-ordinate your outfits, not match them!
I have been brave and shared a photo of my own little family one week after the birth of my last baby (that's me on the right with Johnny, my mum holding baby Oscar, John and his dad). I had plenty of bits I was trying to hide! You will notice that our base colour is cream/tan/beige/white and we have added shades of blue in our jeans and blue patterns in the shirts.
(photo courtesy of the fabulous Clare Metcalf of Melbourne)