Great Outfits for Family Pictures

Family pictureIt’s that time of year where you force everyone to sit together on a log and have your family portrait taken.  The stress of the event actually becomes easily overshadowed by the stress of what to have everyone where, though.  So how do you decide?  How do you put together the perfect family photo wardrobe?

The first thing to do is to consider your location.  You don’t want to be wearing clothes that are inappropriate for the location and/or season.  Consider these factors – is it appropriate to wear jeans here?  Is it necessary to dress more formally at this location?  Will it be outdoors?  If so, is it cold, warm, hot?

Next you’ll want to consider colors.  You can either have everyone in the same color top and bottoms or everyone in different colors that go together.  You can also mix in some patterns and prints to add an extra dimension.

Once you’ve got your colors picked out you need to start finding the clothes that coordinate. It is important in a good family portrait that everyone has a piece of their personality shining through their clothing.  Because of this you should not put everyone in the same shirt and or same pants like they’re at Camp Whatchamacallit.  Each person needs to have an outfit that they are comfortable in and of course it doesn’t hurt if they’ll wear it again, so that you can really get your monies worth.

Some families choose to put the girls in matching womens sweaters and the boys in matching ties.  Some families choose to do completely different items for each child.  The best way to really get an idea of what will work for your family is to just lay it all out.  If you’re finding items at different stores you can take pictures and then crop them all into a file together on the computer.  This way you can really get an idea of what everything will look like together.  You can proportion the pictures according to size to get an idea of whether or not a specific color or print is overwhelming in a particular size or not.

Searching the internet for family photos is also a great way to get an idea of what to outfit everyone it.  You can even look up your particular location to see if you can find any family photos.  Your Photographer might also have some great advice to share since he/she has probably had a few experiences with this topic already.

Don’t forget to think about shoes and accessories as well.  These really will make an impact on the overall results.  Sometimes it can be fun to put some of the family members in hats.  Sometimes you might put a chair in an orchard or have people holding balloons or a banner.

Remember while dressing everyone else that it is also appropriate to include diseased family members.  In many family photos a framed portrait of a diseases sibling or a particularly sentimental item of a beloved family member who has passed on might be included and will add extra meaning to these photos.

Get creative and have fun prepping for your family photo session.

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