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What to wear on a family photoshoot

Updated: May 22, 2018

To get your ideal look for your family portraits, it’s really important to be happy with what you are wearing. You need to be comfortable in your clothes but also you need to be a little practical if we are outside too.

Many people prefer to opt for the simple, classic look which will keep the portrait looking timeless. If you can, it’s really worth putting some time into planning your outfits.

Colours and Patterns:

Choosing the right tones can really add to the image. This doesn’t mean that you all have to wear one block colour, but consider tones and shades.

This will really help with the overall look and feel of the portrait that you want to achieve.

Here are a few starter ideas:

Pinks, corals and purples.

Black and white.

Blues and whites.

Navy, whites and reds.

Blues, yellows, greys and whites.

Any bright colour can be worn with neutral shades of black, white and grey.

I can always help you plan your colour/tone scheme beforehand over the phone.

Don’t panic if this sounds like hard work - it just takes a little time working out what you have and what will work together. It is worth spending time on this.

A few simple rules though:

Do stay away from busy patterns and logos, as these can date quickly. Try to avoid skinny stripes (although thick stripes are usually fine).

For large groups, stick to between 1-3 colours that work well together, if possible. It will give the image more unity and will give it the “wow factor”.

If you’re conscious about your arms, choose tops with longer sleeves as they tend to be much more flattering.

Jewellery should be kept fairly simple, so as not to overpower the image, unless you’re the Queen, obviously! Also, choose a bra where the straps won’t show.

Finally, check for chipped nail polish too.

If the women in the photo are happy with their look, it makes for a good photo, believe me!

So here’s a message for all the ladies:

Spend a little extra time concentrating on YOU when you are getting ready. You won’t regret it, I promise!

If you want some inspiration on What to Wear for a family photoshoot, check out my favourite ideas and colour schemes on Pinterest:

I hope you found this useful. If you have any questions about what to wear for a photoshoot, please do get in touch.

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