What To Wear to Your Family Photo Session | New York Photographer

So you’ve booked a session and you’ve figured out how to keep your kids up after their bedtime.  Then a wave of panic washes over you because you have to figure out how to make your family look LITERALLY picture perfect. The dreaded wardrobe planning is real. It’s all consuming and just plan horrible. You can read about my experience here so you know that I feel you. I have devised a fool proof plan of my top five tips for you to get started.

 

 

TIP #1  CHOOSE A COLOR PALLET OF AT LEAST TWO TO THREE COLORS TO WORK AROUND

I would recommend choosing colors that you love and fit the season.  Light pastel colors are more typical of springtime.  Jewel toned rich colors are more commonly worn during the fall, and neutrals work for all year round.  I happen to LOVE color, so don’t take these suggestions as rules but more guides.  See below for some color combo suggestions (read it vertically)!

TIP #2 DRESS MOM FIRST

Once you have your color palette DRESS MOM (yourself)  FIRST. Find clothing that fits you well and you feel comfortable and beautiful in.  Dresses that are long and have movement photograph beautifully and create drama and movement.  I would recommend looking HERE or HERE for some great choices of great dresses, I have also had some good results right on AMAZON.   

 

 

 

TIP #3 DON’T BE AFRAID OF PATTERN (but make it small)

Adding layers and patterns are a great way to add visual interest.  If you’re going to add some patterned detail make it a delicate and relatively small one.  Large patterns tend to overwhelm the subject and take over/away from YOU, which again should be the star.  I would also use it as a focal point, using it on one or two of your family members and keeping solids for the rest.

 

TIP #4  MAKE SURE THAT THE CLOTHING GOES TOGETHER BUT DOESN’T MATCH

But what does that mean Chana? It really means that you should avoid making a ‘uniform’ for your family (think same color polo tops and khaki shorts).  By choosing a color palette and working around mom it will be easy to create a cohesive look without looking like you’re going to prep school together.

TIP #5 CONSULT WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

I am always happy to help with this.  Shoot me a text or an email and I will always send you lots of suggestions and help to get you in the right direction.  Did I also mention that I have started a small client closet just for moms? This will alleviate some stress and allow for moms to try on a few styles that might work for them for FREE.   I also have lots of places in different price ranges for kids/hubby to get you looking.  Some of my fav places for kids and babies are right in your local mall and relatively inexpensive.  Here are some of my favorites:

HandM

Zara,

Gap

Here are a bunch of links to amazing boutiques for clothing.  They are a little pricier but very well made and the pricing isn’t completely outrageous for a few beautiful pieces.  You can also feel great supporting small business!

Ele Story

Wild Wawa

The Simple Folk

 

 

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