This should not be a major point of stress, yet most ladies (including myself) want everyone to look just perfect for that big family portrait or holiday card.
Here are my top 5 suggestions:
1. Don’t dress everyone in the same color. It looks forced and unnatural; your teenager is never going to freely wear the same shirt as you! Use patterns sparingly for just one or two people. Don’t be afraid of color to enhance the visual appeal of your pictures and make them pop. Choose a color palette and coordinate without being “matchy.” Even just one color can tie a whole family together, allowing everyone the freedom to have other colors in their outfits. You want to look “together” but not like you tried too hard, so don’t.
2. Layering photographs nicely and provides quick changes for variety. Wear a cute jacket, collared shirt under a vest or sweater, leggings under a skirt, etc. Adding textures such as knit, leather, corduroy, or denim adds visual interest. Layers make it even easier to get in those coordinated colors in a subtle way.
3. Accessories are a great way to accent outfits and can even make cute impromptu props. Ties, suspenders, hats, sunglasses, fun jewelry…the options are endless. They also provide another layer for coordination and tying the look together. Think about your feet as well. Wear stylish shoes that are fun and that you won’t mind showing off.
4. Ask your photographer for suggestions and a wardrobe consultation. They want you to love your portraits and should be happy to give their best advice to help you.
5. BE YOU. Never wear something you are not comfortable in or would never normally wear! Show your personality and feel good. If you feel great, it will translate into your pictures. A true smile is the best thing you can wear!
Whatever you choose to wear, remember… the most important thing is not what you have on but who you have with you. Have fun and enjoy being surrounded by your loved ones!
Beth Storey-Wyble of The Queen B Photography is an award winning Houston photographer specializing in custom newborn and family portraits. For more information please visit www.thequeenbphotography.com.