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10 More Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family Photo Outfits

10. Texture Is a Striking Feature.

By adding different textures through the material of your family outfits or your accessories you are adding depth and interest to your photos. Mix up the fabrics, such as shiny black pants mixed with a matte shirt or a black jean vest. All these different fabrics pick up independently in images and give some separation.

9. Don’t Be Afraid of Patterns.

Patterns can work great in moderation. Try one statement piece (for instance, a colorful floral dress for mom) and one subtle pattern (maybe polka dots for baby girl), and then keep the rest of the family more simple. Large prints and patterns work best. Do be aware of avoiding moire patterns.

Do not be scared to mix and match patterns! Especially if you have a larger family. Mixing and matching patterns can be so much fun. It might be intimidating at first, but just follow these tips and everything will flow together.

The trick is to coordinate a color or pattern with someone else.

8. Know Your Stripes.

Consider vertical lines to make one look slender and follow the curves of a body. Horizontal stripes can make a figure look wider when photographed.
Say No to Tiny Plaid, Small Stripes, and Complicated Patterns.

7. Avoid Oversized Clothing.

Oversized clothes may look cool in person but can distort your proportions far too much in photographs. You don’t want your clothing to be too baggy or too tight. Properly fitted clothing looks put together and will show your shape. For women, your upper half and lower half should be balanced: so for instance, blousy shirt + skinny pants, or tight shirt + flowing skirt.

6. Consider Your Environment.

If you’re outdoors, a sheer dress or skirt can flow beautifully in the air.
If you’re planning an outdoor session in November, consider what or if any coats, gloves, and hats will be worn.

If your location is an urban, downtown feel don’t show up looking like you’re ready for the beach. If you’re going to a lake or beachfront, consider the tones and textures of your family’s outfits. “Dress for the occasion.”

5. Clothing collections.

Many family stores typically have color coordinating collections. You can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. Consider Target’s cat & jack collection or even Old Navy.

Don’t be afraid to lay all the clothes on the floor of the store to see what they will look like together.

4. Choose the Color Palette and Coordinate.

Once you establish the first outfit, basing colors around it is the next step. Try not to be too jarring with different colors. Too much differentiation may make the family photos look disorganised. As a family, you want to be cohesive and look like you belong together!

It’s great to pick a handful of colors, which allows the members of the family to pick out what they like best too. This also gives you room to dress each member of the family in something that is most flattering for them. Generally, the best colors tend to be more muted actual colors (not black or white). Blues, greens, reds are all popular choices.

The most stress-free method is to pick outfits from the same brand and the corresponding collection within that brand. But this can be pricey, depending on the brand. Try to avoid clothing that has bold characters, text, or is too loud print wise as that can be distracting.

Need some color palette inspiration? Consider looking on Adobe Color.

2. Plan Ahead!

Once you book your session, start thinking about what to wear for your family photos right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.

Check your outfits from all possible angles in the mirror, not just the one you like best. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that they can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down).

1. The Best Family Photo Outfits Make You Feel Like a Million Dollars.

The best choice is for family photos is the clothing that they feel comfortable, confident, and remarkable in. Feeling good is the essential part.

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