Note: These sessions are only done outdoors in order to take advantage of natural light, unique backdrops, and large spaces to accommodate everyone in your family. I can provide recommendations for locations if needed. Please note an additional fee MAY apply for locations that require entry fees, and groups of 6 or more people.
What to Wear:
Match the style of your location: Be sure to keep your location in mind when you are picking out your outfits. If you are in an urban setting, you will want to make sure your clothes match your surroundings so you natural in the location instead of stick out like a sore thumb. if you are on a rustic farm, you may want to skip the heels and choose something more natural. Whatever your location may be, make sure the tones and style of your wardrobe will compliment and not clash with your surroundings. On the flip side, be sure that you aren’t choosing outfits that will make you blend into the background. You will want enough of a contrast so that you shine!
Avoid match-matchy: The days of everyone wears white on top and denim on the bottom are out. All white tops tend to wash people out and doesn't make for a flattering photograph. Having your outfits coordinate does not mean that everyone has to wear the exact same thing. having everyone in a different outfit that still coordinates allows individualism and makes for a more pleasing photograph.
Patterns are great, but not on every person: Patterns are a great way to coordinate outfits together because they typically contain a lot of colors that you can match the rest of your outfits too. however, patterns can be overwhelming and chaotic if you have multiple people wearing them. if you choose to use patterns, it is best to have one person wearing a pattern and the other family members in complimentary solids
Consider COLOR: Most people look their best in certain colors. Black tends to be a tough color for photographs. And again - you don't need to match. Pick a color tone (jewel tone) or pallette (pastels) - maybe even select 3-4 colors - and go from there. Think Coordinating, not matching. Incorporate colors and patterns that match well together. Dont be afraid of color! Choose a few neutral colors (as mentioned earlier), then add a few bright accents to your outfits. Accessories such as scarves, necklaces and clothing layers are great for this. Wear well fitted clothing. Not too tight, not too baggy. If you can't walk in those pants, don't wear them! No Logos or character clothes please. These look busy and not good in images. My Pinterest page has some great color ideas for family photos. Before you go out and buy anything - consider your favorite items you already own. You probably have everything you need.
Avoid neon colors: Even though pops of color are great, avoid anything that is neon. Neon colors can create color casts on your skin. this means that the bright neon color will reflect on your skin and turn it an unnatural color. For example, if you dress your little girl in a vibrant orange, your skin will start to look orange as the color bounces off of your skin.
Plan ahead: Give yourself more than enough time before your session to plan outfits. You don't want to be running around stressing about what to wear a couple days before your session. if you are going to be trying out new hairstyles or haircuts, it is best to do this a couple weeks before your session. Planning haircuts in advance is a great idea especially if someone gets a bad haircut. You will have time for corrections as well as time for the hair to grow in.
These are just a few tips to inspire you as you browse through your wardrobe before session day! Most importantly, make sure you choose outfits that you are comfortable in (especially outdoors when posing may require sitting on the ground). Dresses may make some poses a bit more difficult. Just something to keep in mind. Choose outfits that make you feel confident. Trust me, as a photographer it is always easier to photograph families who feel comfortable and confident in their outfits because those emotions reflect well in their final portraits.