When it comes time for family portraits, you want to wear the right outfits that will be flattering and look good for years to come. To guide our clients, we provide picture templates with suggested outfits.
What's great about these templates are each one's palette shows complimentary colors and neutrals that are commonly found in personal wardrobes. The complementary colors are pre-selected to look great in your group portraits. This way, we don't have one family member in a color that potentially clashes with everyone else.
Also, think about your patterns, stripes and florals. When flipping through our templates for combinations of group outfits, you will see that they do not combine patterns, florals and stripes all in one grouping. Instead, they are selective. For example, one template suggests a floral dress for a little girl and a floral scarf for her mother. You could also have one child in a floral dress and another child in a striped top in complementary colors, with the rest of the family in coordinated solid colors.
The color combinations are tried and true. For instance: red, warm beige and gray for fall. Pink, coral and blue; or, green, pink, blue and black; or, coral, heather and blue jeans. These templates happen to use clothes commonly found at Old Navy, Gap and Piperlime, but you don't necessary need to run out to buy new wardrobes for the entire family. You probably have complementary clothing in your family's closets already and these templates provide a simple framework for pulling them together.
Another suggestion is to go with clothes that are simple classics, such as sleeveless dress, a boatneck shirt, khaki pants, sundresses and blue jeans. You may want to skip t-shirts with a lot of lettering (unless it is from your child's school or team) and any clothes that are particularly trendy in a given season. You may be old enough to remember the Dracula collars on shirts and blazers from the 1970s. Or, the bold and neon patterns of the 1980s. In more recent decades, fashion trends have eased into simple separates that are thankfully more coordinated and timeless.
By following these guidelines, your family portraits will be focused on the people's faces more than what they are wearing. The clothes are important, but should be viewed as part of the setting and not the main focus. Yes, we understand the value of adorable clothes. We also know that the child's expression is what we want to capture, not just the outfit. Coordinating your clothing is actually quite easy and we hope the templates make picking out clothes a fun process.
We also suggest more than one outfit collection. Your family could pose in formal clothes and then in casual clothes. In addition, you could wear something seasonal in some shots, such as Halloween costumes or Ugly Christmas sweaters.
Kat Mack Photography wants to ensure you get the most out of your family portraits session and will consult with you ahead of time on what to wear and where to pose.
Contact the studio at 832-692-2707 to learn more about how we prepare you for your family photography session.