What to wear for family pictures can be a huge frustration! It’s Fall in Portland, the rain has started but we’ve got some golden light evenings left before winter sets in. This is family portrait season and with that comes the stress of figuring out what everyone will wear for that all important picture that will go up on your wall for the next year and be sent out on your holiday xmas cards.
This post has my top 3 tips for what NOT to do for dressing your family.
These are big ones people!
- This may seem obvious but don’t wear dirty clothes. Don’t wear clothes that are wrinkled, covered in pet hair or have big rips and tears. Try to avoid ripped off sleeves too for that matter. The camera sees all so please toss your shirts and dresses in the dryer to shake out the wrinkles if you are as opposed to ironing as I am!
- Do not wear logos or shirts with sayings on them. No giant beer logo shirts, no swear words or misspelled words that look like swear words. Not only do shirts with big logos and words look sloppy but it screams “I don’t want to be here for this” and sure maybe your nephew, cousin, uncle or husband doesn’t want to be there for pictures but you can surely explain to them how much it means to you that they wear a clean looking shirt right?
- Last but not least….under no circumstances should everyone wear the same color top. I mean it! Everyone wearing a black t-shirt and jeans? NO! Everyone wearing a white button down shirt? NO! Don’t do it! The 90’s are over people! Let’s not bring that back mmmkay? Not only is this look super outdated and cheesy but it just screams “We’re too lazy to figure out how to coordinate outfits!” You are paying good money to a professional photographer for these pictures so take the 20 minutes to figure out a game plan. You can do it, I believe in you!
Need help on how to coordinate outfits? I’ve got you! I created an inspiration guide for how to coordinate patterns, colors and fabrics for your entire family! Grab the guide by clicking the image below! If you’re still looking for a photographer for your family portraits I’ve got a few spots left at my Family Mini Sessions!