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Dress for Family Photoshoot | What to Wear and How to Prepare

By Ruchika Jain

Are you getting ready for a family photo shoot or considering booking one? The big question is: What should your family wear? It can feel overwhelming to choose the perfect outfits for everyone, but fear not! This comprehensive what to wear guide will give you a structured approach to confidently selecting the right clothing for your family portrait session

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Cracking the Code of the Perfect Family Outfit

To start off, let’s explore some general do’s and don’ts when it comes to selecting outfits for your family portrait session.

Choosing Colors that Shine Together

Choose colors that complement each other and create a cohesive look. Consider using a color palette as a guide.

Laying Out Your Clothes for Picture-Perfect Results

Arrange everyone’s outfits together on a flat surface to see how they work as a whole. You can even take a photo and seek validation or guidance if needed.

Accessorize with Elegance: Enhancing Your Outfits with Flair

Add interest to your outfits with accessories like scarves, jewelry, or layers. But remember to avoid sports watches and baseball caps.

Avoid Distracting Prints and Logos

The main goal of family portraits is to capture the essence of your family, so it’s best to avoid clothing with writing or prominent prints that can divert attention away from the subjects. Choose simpler designs and solid colors that allow the focus to remain on your family’s expressions and interactions.

Mindful Coordination of Patterns

If multiple family members choose to wear patterns, be cautious of conflicting patterns that can create visual chaos. Aim for coordination rather than exact matching. Select patterns with similar colors or themes to maintain visual harmony and create a cohesive look.

Planning Ahead for Wrinkle-Free Outfits:

To ensure your outfits are wrinkle-free and camera-ready, plan ahead and lay them out the night before your session. This allows you to identify any garments that may need ironing or attention.

Give Yourself Ample Time for Outfit Selection

Start thinking about what you want to wear approximately a week before the session. Begin with your own outfit choice and use it as a starting point for coordinating the rest of the family’s attire. This gives you sufficient time to gather any necessary clothing items and make adjustments if needed.

The Palette of Perfection: Mastering the Power of Colors

Choosing the right colors for your family portrait session can significantly impact the overall aesthetic.

Using a Color Palette to Guide Your Choices

To create a visually cohesive and pleasing family portrait, consider using a color palette as your guide. A color palette consists of a set of colors that work well together and reflect your family’s style and personality.

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By selecting colors from the same palette, you can create a harmonious and unified look in your portraits. Whether you prefer soft pastels, vibrant jewel tones, or earthy neutrals, a color palette will help you make intentional and thoughtful choices when it comes to clothing and accessories.

Contrast and Visual Interest: Playing with Cool and Warm Colors

One way to add visual interest and depth to your family portraits is by incorporating contrasting cool and warm colors. Cool colors, such as blues, greens, and purples, have a calming and soothing effect, while warm colors, such as reds, oranges, and yellows, evoke energy and vibrancy.

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By combining these contrasting colors strategically, you can create a dynamic and visually engaging composition. For example, you might dress some family members in cool-toned outfits while others wear warm-toned attire. This contrast will add depth and dimension to your portraits, making them visually captivating.

Style & Body Shape: Unveiling the Beauty Within

Taking into account the style and body shapes of each family member can enhance the overall look and ensure everyone feels their best. Here are some suggestions for different body type:

Men – Dressing to Impress with Confidence

When selecting outfits for men, it’s important to consider their body types to enhance their appearance in the portraits.

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Tips for Styling a Sleek Physique

If you have a lean and sleek physique and want to dress in a way that highlights your physique while maintaining a stylish look, consider the following tips:

  • Avoid thin shirts that fit like a second skin or overly loose clothing.
  • Opt for button-down shirts that fit well around the shoulders and fall a little looser from the top.
  • Choose straight-leg jeans or jeans with a classic or lighter wash.

Showcasing Muscular Builds with Style

If you have a muscular build and want to showcase your physique while maintaining a stylish appearance, here are some tips to consider:

  • Avoid Skinny or Slim-Fit Jeans and Pants:
  • opt for straight-cut styles that flatter a more muscular physique.
  • Ensure that the shoulders of your shirts and jackets fit well without being too tight or too loose
  • Opt for fabrics that provide some stretch and flexibility

More Love with More Stocky Build

If you have a more “stocky” build and tend to be softer and rounder, these tips will help you choose flattering outfits for your family portrait session:

  • Opt for Vertical Stripes to create a slimming effect.
  • Jackets or blazers with structured shoulders
  • Stiffer fabrics help create a cleaner line and a more polished appearance.
  • Consider Crew Neck Tees:

Ultimately, the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable and confident in what you wear. Embrace your unique features and choose outfits that reflect your personal style.

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Women – Unlocking the Beauty of Every Curve

Now, let’s discuss some recommendations for women’s body types to help them feel confident and beautiful in their family portraits.

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Hourglass: Celebrating Curves with Grace

If you have an hourglass figure and want to highlight your curves while maintaining an elegant and stylish look, here are some tips to consider:

  • Emphasize your curves by choosing fitted tops and dresses that cinch at the waist.
  • Consider A-line skirts or dresses that flatter your shape.
  • V-neck or sweetheart necklines can be particularly flattering for an hourglass figure.

Apple: Dressing to Emphasize Your Unique Shape

If you have an apple-shaped figure and want to dress in a way that highlights your best features and creates a flattering silhouette, consider the following tips:

  • Look for tops and dresses that create a more defined waistline.
  • Empire waist dresses or tops with ruching can be flattering options.
  • V-necklines help draw attention upward and elongate the torso.

Pear Perfection: Flattering Your Figure with Elegance:

If you have a pear-shaped figure and want to dress in a way that enhances your silhouette with elegance, here are some tips to consider:

  • Opt for A-line or fit-and-flare dresses that accentuate your smaller waist.
  • Balance your lower half with tops that add volume to the shoulders and draw attention upward
  • Avoid clingy fabrics or bottoms that highlight your hips.

Finally Unleashing Your Family’s Style Potential

By following these structured steps, you can approach the task of choosing outfits for your family portrait session with confidence. Coordinate colors, consider body types and styles, and avoid distracting elements to create visually appealing and timeless portraits.

Lay everyone’s clothes out on a flat surface, take a photo, swap pieces for a second look, and take another picture for comparison and decision-making. If you’re still uncertain about your outfit choices, feel free to send us a text with what you’ve selected so far. We can provide feedback and let you know if you’re on the right track.

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If you have any questions or need further assistance in preparing for your family photoshoot, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you create beautiful memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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