• Jen Hagan

Family Portraits - What to wear!


I know, I know, family portraits can be stressful! Trying to manage schedules, little personalities and pray it doesn't rain! On top of that, what is everyone supposed to wear?? No worries! I've created this post to help you plan and hopefully alleviate some of the stress!

First things first. There are ways to ensure your outfits coordinate and compliment each other, without everyone "matching".

When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend picking softer, lighter tones and muted shades. While I love bold colors, they tend to be distracting on camera. The camera loves soft pinks and muted blues, mixed with light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. Soft solid colors fit beautifully into almost any environment.

It's usually best to avoid small busy patterns, like plaid and pinstripes, since it can be very busy and distract from the face. If you do decide on a pattern, I suggest large print, Large floral or bold stripes photograph best. If one person is in print, try pairing that with soft solid color outfits for the other members.

A good way to think about colors is to pick two colors that compliment each other, and then add one or two soft neutrals.

For the girls:

Dress it up!

Don't be afraid to say yes to the dress! Long, full-length flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Consider softer fabrics like chiffon or tulle which allow for beautiful movement in the images.

When considering the length of your dresses or skirts, it's also a good idea to factor in whether or not there will be little ones in your photos. If you have smaller children, I will likely have you sitting or crouching on the ground to interact up-close with them. Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses photograph beautifully, but if you have little ones in your photos, a floor-length dress or skirt or perhaps a cute midi-skirt will make moving around with your kids much easier, and look perfect on camera as well!

It's great to incorporate personality into each outfit as well! Bold accessories like headbands, flower crowns, chunky necklaces or bracelets really add an extra pop to your photos and show personality. In colder months when dresses aren't practical, long flowy cardigans can also add some movement.

For the guys:

Long fitted pants and closed toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. Fitted dress pants or fitted colored pants work best on camera. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong complement to most women’s outfits.

Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos. Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look. If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don't be afraid to get a little creative with layers!

Boys always look dapper with sophisticated accessories like bow ties, suspenders and vests!

No matter what you decide for your family's wardrobe, remember that these sessions are about capturing who you are and where you are in life. To remember this special time and embrace each other on this great journey of life. Don't stress, just remember to relax and have fun with your family!

xo

Jen