Figuring out what to wear can be extremely frustrating- I get it! Especially for families larger than three, shooting at multiple locations, and staying within budget.
So what're we suppose to do, Ryley? Well I am so glad that you asked! I don't expect all of my clients to be experts in fashion (although, many of you are!), so here's a little something to keep in mind when you're planning your next family photoshoot!
When it comes to a family lifestyle photoshoot, you want to strike a balance between being comfortable and looking nice. These photos are being taken in the comfort of your own home, at a park, or on the beach, so we also want to showcase your personalities!
For starters, choose clothes that are going to be comfortable- mama's this one's for you if you're fresh off the postpartum boat! It's important that you and your family feel comfortable during your session for several reasons: easy movements, will actually enjoy yourselves, and it's more natural. You wouldn't really be lounging around the house in your church clothes, would you? It's also important to keep in mind that even though I definitely want you to be comfortable, I still want you to look and feel nice!
Mama's, if this session is a newborn, please please please do not feel like you have to be wearing your best pair of jeans for this session. Even if they're what you would have worn around the house before your little one arrived, I am completely aware that putting pants on is a job itself. If you feel like rockin' a pair of leggings, that's completely fine and it's encouraged.
Once you've figured out how you're going to be dressed, or somewhat, you're going to want to coordinate colors- don't match. I am 100% against matching outfits. For me, personally, it looks cheesy. Other reasons that I'm not a fan of the matching outfits: we want to show off individual personalities and style, and we also know that you're a family- no reason to all look the same!
When it comes to choosing colors and patterns, keep in mind that less is often more. Patterns and logos can be too busy and can take away from the actual focus of the photos (your family!). Neon colors cast unwanted light on faces and necks, and they can also be more distracting than patterns and logos.
Also, don't forget about accessories and layers! This adds dimension and flare; remember how I mentioned to show off your personalities? This helps do that! I wouldn't over do it by adding 5 rings, 2 necklaces, and a belt, but definitely one of each can work. If it's wintertime, wear a thick cardigan. If it's summertime, there's nothing wrong with adding a cute waist belt to your dress!
If you can't or don't want to add layers to the kiddos, that's okay! Have them bring their favorite toy- check out that photo to the right. ;) These pictures are suppose to show the detail in your everyday life. I want to know that your son loves bringing his teddy bear everywhere with him, and I absolutely love that his teddy will be in a few images!
I love working with families because every single one is different. From the details you put into your wardrobe to the colors you chose your family to wear. Even if we have a session on a beach I've photographed before, I promise you that your photos will 100% be yours. My "posing flow" isn't really posing you and your family; it's more prompting you all how to get the most natural smiles and laughs for the best photographs.