•  Choose muted tones that are subdued so your beautiful faces are what catches the viewer’s eye and not your clothes. If you typically like to wear dark colours, try and bring in a pop of colour with accessories. eg, scarf, necklace, cardigan, jacket etc.

•  Choose 1-3 colours for your whole group. These can be similar tones that go nicely together or within a particular colour palette. You don’t have to go all ‘matchy-matchy’ if that’s not your style but a bit of forward planning can go a long way.

•  Stay away from crazy, busy patterns. This is a time to leave those Hawaiian shirts at home sorry fellas! Also, clothing with thin stripes can often cause a psychedelic looking effect called moiré. Some clothing highlights this more than others, but if you have an alternative clothing choice without thin stripes, go with that.

•  Avoid any clothing with large graphics, prints or branding emblazoned on it as these can be quite distracting. Also, these prints often ‘date’ a photograph, as brands and labels come and go. You want to be able to look back on these photos in years to come and still feel they could have been taken just yesterday.

•  Make sure you've chosen something tidy, clean, and ironed (especially on the top). This might require a few days planning in advance to make sure you’ve had a chance to get some laundry sorted.

•  And the most important thing to wear - your smile. Happy faces = beautiful portraits.

• ALSO, not strictly clothing related, but if you have little ones involved, make sure to bring along plenty of snacks (and a drink) to keep the hunger pangs at bay and to keep them occupied when it’s not their time in the spotlight. Also, feel free to bring along a special soft toy in your handbag that we can bust out for some extra smiles if needbe!

For a bit of inspiration, here are some previous family sessions that have chosen their clothing well.....

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