What to wear......
• 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.
• Choose muted tones that are subdued so your beautiful faces are what catches the viewer’s eye and not your clothes. Some bright colours like reds, oranges, and yellows can make the wearer look larger than in reality. 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!
• 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 without cringing at any crazy fashion choices you made on the day!
• Brush your teeth, comb your hair and clean your glasses. This sounds like basic hygiene class and almost goes without saying, but its worth mentioning!
• And the most important thing to wear - your smile. Happy faces = beautiful portraits.
And for a bit of inspiration, here are some previous family portrait sessions that have chosen their clothing well.....