What to Wear {A Simple Guide to Make Your Portrait Timeless} | Culver, IN Photographer

May 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

Are you planning to have your family's portrait taken soon? Excellent!!! Did you know there are some do and don't guidelines for what to wear? Here are a few tips to help create a timeless family portrait that you will treasure for years to come. I promise, this will help you to not have images like some of the ones seen on "Awkward Family Photos"!!! If you need help with planning your clothing for your session, I'm happy to help. Also, please feel free to bring a few different clothing options with you to your session and we can pick and choose what works the best! 

What to Wear for Your Family Portrait Session:

Tip #1: Discuss the family portrait together with the entire group. Your family portrait should convey a sense of your family's personality. Talk about possible color schemes, settings and poses. Feel free to discuss these with me too prior to your session. I want you to {LOVE} your images. 

Tip #2: Choose clothing that fits with the setting of the portrait. If you are having your portrait taken on the beach, summer clothing is appropriate. Make sure to dress for the weather. Layers are great, because then you have additional looks easily and they add depth to your images.

Tip #3: Coordinate colors. Everyone in the family portrait should wear colors that meld well together. Some families choose to match their colors exactly. While this is not necessary, you do need to ensure that all the clothing colors complement each other. 

Tip #4: Avoid different shades of the same color. If one person is wearing a bright red shirt, you don't want another person wearing a light red shirt. Reds are tough. It will just look like you attempted to match but didn't quite succeed. Remember to try and keep them in the same family of colors. 

Tip #5: Choose neutral or muted color tones. Bright colors tend to draw the eye away from the subjects. Black, white, off-white all look classic and are great bases to work with and add fun pops of color with accessories. 

Tip #6: Coordinate the style of clothing as well. Everyone should be dressed in a similar style, such as formal or casual. Don't be afraid to add in accessories, such as scarves, necklaces, fun ties, etc. to match your style. 

Tip #7: Wear solids. Avoid stripes, plaids, big logos and bold patterns (big flowery is a no-no), as they will draw attention away from the faces in the photo. You want the main focus to be on your family, not your clothes.

Tip #8: Pick clothing that fits nicely. It should be neither too tight nor too loose. The clothes should hang on the bodies well, without folding or creasing. Make sure clothes aren't too wrinkled. 

Tip #9: Consider clothing that covers the knees and elbows. These areas don't photograph as well as the rest of the body so it may be wise to choose clothing that covers them. 

Tip #10: Avoid trendy styles. Basic classics are better clothing choices for your portrait. Remember to have layers though if possible! Trends pass and you want your family portrait to be timeless. Jeans are classic and are great for for casual or dressy portraits and look great with simple colors and fun accents too! 

Becky Furry, owner of Always Happy Life Photography is based in Culver, Indiana and travels throughout the Midwest and East Coast for custom lifestyle portrait sessions. Becky is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and also is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She loves that Always Happy Life Photography incorporates her love of children & their families with her love of photography. She specializes in maternity, newborn, children, senior and family photography. Client portrait sessions are on location using natural light or in the Always Happy Life Photography studio which has a background of beautiful old barns, sprawling green fields and is close to Lake Maxinkuckee and the gorgeous Culver Academies


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