1- coordinate pop’s of color. Establish a base color, like grey, and then accent with 1 or 2 splashes of color, like yellow or turquoise. Not everyone needs to wear the accent color. For example, the Dad and son might just be wearing grey and black while the girls in the family bring in the color splashes in their outfits.
2-layer your clothing. During the summer months this may be difficult in the heat of Texas but doing it in the other seasons brings more visual appeal and interest to your photo’s. Start with a plain shirt then add a sweater or jacket. For a guy, wear a long sleeve shirt under a button up with the sleeves rolled up.
3-combine colors and patterns. Another way to gain more visual appeal is to throw in some patterns that coordinate with your color splashes. For example, a cool plaid shirt on a guy or a pattern t-shirt under a jacket or sweater for a girl.
4-bring your own personality in with accessories…hat’s, leg warmers (for little girls), scarves, necklaces, etc. Adding these trinkets helps to bring in your own family style and personality.
5- wear something that is flattering on you. I know this may sound like a “given” but I’m surprised to hear a lot of Mom’s who come to their family photo shoot and complain about how they “hate” their arms but yet are wearing a short cropped sleeve that draws attention their arms! So if you are self-conscious about your arms, wear a long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve or if you aren’t a fan of your tush, wear a long jacket. The fact is, if you feel comfortable, you will look comfortable in the photo’s.
Here’s are a cute cooler weather shot:
1-match! Gone are the days of everyone wearing khaki pants and a white shirt. ugh. It’s boring, it’s not flattering and it’s so 90’s.
2-have everyone wear one exact color. Especially RED. (again, it’s a little too 90’s)
3-have the boys wear a stuffy suit and tie and the girls wear fluffy frilly uncomfortable dresses. If the person is uncomfortable, it will show up in the photo. Also, if everyone is looking formal with their clothing, the pictures won’t come across as natural.
4-wear shirts with logo’s or distracting pictures on them. (i.e. shirts that say “GAP”, “OLD NAVY”, has a comic book character, or a popular kids character) This is just distracting in a photo. It also takes away from that “timeless” look.
5-wear sneakers! ugh. When a family neglects their choice of shoes, it throws the whole picture off.
Have fun with just a couple photos of the shoot. Here is an example: