While there are really no hard and fast rules about what you should wear for your portrait sessions, here are a few suggestions that might make choosing your outfits a little easier.  

 

The first things you are going to want to decide is if the portraits are going to go on the walls in a particular room in your home.  For example, if you have a lovely maroon sofa and you plan on hanging a canvas of your family portrait above that sofa, you might want to avoid wearing orange.

 

Once you have made that decision you can follow these steps to help make the process a little easier:

 

Choose A Color Scheme

Pick a color scheme that you can build your families outfits around.  I would suggest three colors (yellow, teal and navy).

 

Avoid Being “Matchy”

While there is a lot to be said for the same style in family pictures, sometimes when everyone is wearing the same color it is hard to tell where one person begins and the other person ends. 

 

Lay Your Clothes Out

Try laying the outfits that you have chosen out on a bed or on the floor and see how they look together.  Try the combinations of outfits next to each other since I will have members of the family posed in different groups.

 

Avoid Logos or Character Clothing

 

Some Problem Clothing Choices

Finally, while I think really light colors are lovely sometimes white and neon colors create a cast on the skin, especially in the sun.  If you really would like to wear anything that you have questions about, get in touch with me and lets talk about.