What To Wear

I like to try and follow what I call the “Three Colors + POP”rule:

1. Pick three colors (one being a neutral) and put together outfits with those colors only. More than three colors can seem a bit busy. 

2. Add in an unexpected POP of color. Be aware that this POP will become a focal point in the picture, so I wouldn’t advise adding this color in an area that you don’t want others to look at too closely.

{I must make a disclaimer: RULES CAN BE BROKEN. I am preaching to myself here. However, I will say that these guidelines generally work well to produce a a cohesive, vibrant family portrait; a modern take on the whole “white shirts and blue jeans”, if you will.}
Other tips:

1. Think coordinating, not matching. Again, unless you want your family picture to look straight out of 1990, try to not match outfits exactly

2. Try and pick colors that complement the surrounding environment. Try not to pick colors that are going to clash with your location where your doing your session
If you want to take this one step further (if you plan on displaying this picture in your home), try and choose colors that will compliment your home decor. 

3. Use your brightest colors as accessories. You don’t want the brightest colors detracting from the most important part of the picture: the PEOPLE!

4. It is ok to mix solids and simple patterns. I know a lot of photographers might argue with me on this one, but I like to think that SIMPLE patterns add interest and texture to a picture. If you stick to a color scheme, everything just naturally blends together.

5. Its ok to throw in a few bright colors to really make your picture pop!
So, that’s it! Hopefully, the above tips will help you do a little advance planning for what to wear for family photo shoots to create a beautiful family portrait you can be proud of.