Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colours in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.
Select one outfit for your family photos that has a lot of colours or a fun pattern. Choose that outfit first. This gives you plenty of colours to choose from to pick your coordinating colours.
Look for clothing collections
Look at shop displays, as they can often provide much needed inspiration for a family shoot.
Plan ahead for your family photo outfits
Once you book your session, start thinking about what to wear for family photos. If you wait until the day of or the day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.
Textures and layers are your best friend
I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs, I like to add textures like knitts or hats or tulle skirts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
By adding different textures through the material of your family outfits or your accessories, you are adding depth and interest to your photos.
If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. I remember an image of my husband, myself and baby daughter which was taken in front of a black backdrop. We didn’t realize the background colour and showed up wearing black shirts. Once we received the photos, we looked alike floating heads were holding a baby. Not exactly the aesthetic we were going for.
Dress and Choose colours for the season:
Autumn – Consider choosing outfits with warm earth tones.
Spring – Consider spring, muted tones of the season
Winter – it’s all about the layers and the texture.
Summer – for beach shorts think about outfits with cooler tones like blues & greens and even adding in pops of coral.