So, you’ve decided it’s time to take that family photo you’ve been talking about for so long. You’ve scheduled an appointment with a photographer and your family has set aside time to participate. Now it’s time to start planning what you and your family will wear. Take a look at some of our suggestions on what to do and what to avoid doing when it comes to clothing choices for your family portrait:
Dress yourself first – If you’re the one who planned the whole family photo session, you should choose your outfit first. That is, choose something you look and feel good in, and have your family dress themselves accordingly.
Create a Color Scheme – Select a couple colors you like or that look good on you and create a color scheme based on your choices. The accent color, or the brightest, should not be overused.
Add some personality – You and your family should not all be wearing matching outfits. This idea is outdated and it looks more creepy than welcoming. As previously stated, whoever organized the photo session should dress himself or herself first. The rest of the family should then make their own outfit choices based on what you’ve chosen first to wear. All the outfits should complement each other, while allowing each family member’s unique personality to show. Wearing the same matching clothes takes away from this effect.
Location – It is important when considering the colors your family is going to wear to also consider where in the house the family photo will be prominently displayed. Typically, family portraits go somewhere in the living room, either hanging on a wall or on the mantel for everyone to see. It is good practice to coordinate the colors you and your family choose to wear with the color(s) of the room.
Accessorize – Accessories help complement outfits, just be sure that the colors of the accessories match with those of your clothes.
Layers: Fashion with a Function – Layers are both functional as well as fashionable; they keep you warm and also help you make clothing combinations that look great.
What you wear in the family portrait makes quite the impression on your house guests. You want people to easily recognize your beautiful family, and wearing color-coordinated outfits does the trick. Choose your outfit first, something from which everyone else can build their own outfits.
Family photo day is right around the corner . Are you and the rest of your family prepared? Have you picked your outfits? Is everyone excited, or do you get annoyed, unenthused groans? Will you have enough time before the session starts to get dolled up, so that the beauty and confidence you exude will reflect upon the rest of your family? There are many factors that go into taking the perfect family portrait. Here are just a few:
Full, Fat, & Happy – One of the most important things to remember is to make sure everyone, especially the kids, have been fed before you even leave the house. Nobody is comfortable on an empty stomach, and this will show through the strained, lethargic, and frankly lackadaisical poses and smiles on the faces of your otherwise beautiful family.
Outfit Choice is Key – A beautiful smile is not the only factor in your family’s outward appearance. Choosing the right outfits, ones that go well together, but which allow each member of your family’s personality to shine through, is of utmost importance. Everyone should look comfortable and, more importantly, attractive. Your outfits should not match, but the colors should go well together. This allows for both accessorizing and adding some personal flair, whatever that may be, so that the different styles of your family members come together to show that your family has some personality.
Make Dad the Mascot – Assuming yours is the stereotypical family, – a mother, a father, kids, and maybe even pets – then I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Mom did most of the work in organizing the family photo shoot. Now it’s your turn, Dad. Take the initiative. This is your time to shine. Fathers, try to make the photo session exciting for everyone involved. Be a little goofy and get everyone in a good mood. The honest smiles from laughter and fun will make for a better family portrait.
Make the Most of the Session – As previously mentioned, genuine smiles are a product of a good time. Make sure everyone is having fun and being themselves. Crack a joke, tell your husband you love him for all his valiant efforts, admire the beauty of your family. Doing these things and more will help the photographer snap some awesome pics from which to choose the perfect family photo.
Don’t say “Cheese!” – In the wise words of Krista Campbell, “Cheese is for crackers.” There is a noticeable difference between smiles that are forced and those which are genuine, and people will be able to tell the difference. Smiling faces caught in the moment make for a happier-looking family.
By following these tips and many others, your family photo shoot should go pretty smoothly, and you’ll get a great family photo with which everyone is happy and of which everyone is proud. This should be an exciting time for your family, and the photo(s) you select should reflect that excitement.
Fashion has always been something that has intrigued me, especially when it comes to portraits, and especially portraits that are fashion inspired. I often comb through Vanity Fair or Vogue publications for inspiration and unique portrait ideas. The photo below was created using a custom portrait background we painted here at our studio. I love the movement in the gown. This effect was created using special lighting and an industrial fan and is inspired by Annie Leibovitz and her Vanity Fair portraits. Tell us about what inspires you and together let’s create a beautiful portrait of you.
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Us too. Here at Louise Michaud Photographer we custom design some of our backgrounds for your portrait. I love having a unique background to offer my clients. It’s exciting to make something one of a kind that my clients can only get from me! I got my inspiration to paint this background from Annie Leibovitz’s legendary body of work. I am most inspired by her Vanity Fair style fashion shoots. You’ll be seeing some portraits using this Oliphant style canvas backdrop. It helps having a BFA in Visual Design!
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make a three generation Family Portrait … Lucky you!
Celebrate your relationships. I had the pleasure of taking this family portrait and photographing these special people…. And now they have a priceless gift for Mothers Day. I love seeing the resemblance in all of them. And to find out more about Ladies Day Out, Girls Day Out and photographing woman in a contemporary fashionable way call the Studio. We would love to hear your ideas and collaborate on making a special portrait for you. Bring your Sisters, Daughters, Moms and Grandmoms! Remember to book a night out afterwards, because you will look gorgeous.