Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What to Wear for Family Photos

With Christmas time quickly approaching, this is really the time that people start thinking about family photos for their Christmas cards. I know when I think about family photos, I immediately try to think about what type of outfits we will be wearing.

This can feel like a daunting task because although you want a cohesive look, too often it becomes so matchy-matchy. Although you can go with the "all the same color shirts/tops/dresses, etc" I think that has been way over done, and sometimes as a photographer it makes it difficult to do anything creative when everyone just blends together!
This was actually shot by my Dad 

Here's some tips on some great ways to keep your family photos cohesive, but not looking boring.

1. Pick a color "theme" and use with different patterns, textures, and fabrics. 

Want to use navy blue? A dark jean jacket over a different colored dress, navy blue plaid, and even a plain navy blue shirt. But when you mix these different types of the navy blue, it doesn't look like you all bought the same clothes and went so literal with the color theme.

2. Have pieces or parts of your outfit that are in the same color family, not the exact same color.

This is along the same lines as mixing different patterns or textures. You could really play with different colors within the same family and give interest to your photos. This would be especially useful in a larger family. For example, using green as your main color, you could use all different shades of green, mixing it throughout the different family members.

3. Have fun with your choices! 

Don't be afraid to get creative or use color in different ways that you normally would.  Use color in accessories, not just clothing. Get out of your comfort zone!

4. Using complementary colors instead of sticking with all the same color. 

You can always use neutrals to complement any color you would like to use, but it's never a bad idea to also branch out and use complementary colors! If you look at a color wheel, any colors that are directly across from each other on the wheel are considered complementary.

5. When in doubt, ask your photographer.

If you have a skilled photographer, they should be more than willing to answer some of your outfit questions. Send pictures or run your idea past them and see what they think. They can give you some great input and let you know if you will be able to get good black and white photos from the colors/outfits you have picked.

What are some of your favorite tips for family photos?

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I just posted on my #H54F that I'm planning on doing one along thsee lines.lol. I can't tell you how many times I've seen comments on FB from people asking what they should wear for family pics, and we just had some snapped by a friend who's a photographer. Great pic!