Style is so unique and particular to everyone that’s why planning multiple outfits for photos can be a daunting task! I promise it can be really fun just watching it all come together! With these few tips you should feel better about coordinating for your fall portrait session with me!
Always start out with what you have!
No need for a full on shopping spree for the whole family as I know that has its own obvious price tag. If you and your family are loving the excuse to fill out everyone’s wardrobe anyway have at it!
I suggest to start out planning outfits by choosing who is the most difficult to dress first. If you already have a favorite particular clothing item you want incorporate build upon that piece!
A question to ask yourself while planning outfits
Will you be displaying these images in your home year round or plan to display them seasonally? This should help you pinpoint your color palette a little further as you can focus on holiday colors and patterns or focus on a more neutral look.
Tips for coordinating wardrobe
I recommend choosing a few neutrals and adding 2-3 complimentary colors based on the season and go from there with pattern, texture and accessorizing!
Choosing a color palette for your family can create a look of togetherness without being too “matchy matchy.”
Example: Mom has a pretty dress with flowers, pull about 3 colors from that dress for all of the other members.
Neutral colors are classic and timeless, colors such as grey, tans, creams, tones of browns, subtle blues, muted greens and beiges photograph wonderfully. You may choose to add a pop of color or not!
Using different shades of the same color works wonderfully this will help members stand out from each other rather than all blending in. Add contrast between each member using light to medium & semi dark ranges of color.
I suggest avoiding wearing all black or white tops (black bottoms are okay) unless these colors are layered with other patterns or prints. These colors alone can wash you out or create a really dark area in your portraits.
Choose complimentary colors from the color wheel to fit your location, example a very grassy location I would suggest not wearing primarily green.
Go for fabrics that do not wrinkle easily. I enjoy showing movement in my images, flowy skirts and dresses make that more possible!
Try to choose at least one article of clothing that brings dimension such as a knit, ruffles, crochet, denim, cuffed sleeves, buttons, and vests. Layering is also a great way to add texture to an outfit. Avoid reflective material.
Patterns are wonderful but be sure to have only a few members wear a pattern to avoid clashing and an overly busy photo. Wearing and mixing patterns works best when you scale them such as one person wears a larger print, another wears a medium more subtle print and another wears a very tiny print. The focus should be on your joyful faces not busy clothing.
Add visual interest to your outfits by adding hats, bows, scarves, belts, and coordinating jewelry but be careful as too many accessories can be distracting. Remember nice shoes are essential to polishing off a nice portrait worthy outfit.
I suggest avoid wearing flip flops out of season and faded worn out footwear. Your feet will be photographed!
- Large busy prints/patterns/words
- Character tees
- Large logos and printed words
- Bright/Neon colors – certain colors may appear oversaturated with post processing and printing. These colors reflect on the face and create unflattering results.
- Multiple of the same pattern or exact color
Keep it comfy
If you are comfortable in what you are wearing you will be able to focus on interacting with your family instead of awkwardly adjusting clothing the entire session.
Need more outfit inspo?
I created a Pinterest board to refer to below.
Check out some ideas Here on PINTEREST
If you need any further assistance with finalizing wardrobe please reach out, I am hear to help!