So you’ve booked your My Family Photo shoot and have it circled in your calendar, but then you have a feeling of dread... what do you wear to a photo shoot? It can feel overwhelming trying to decide which outfit will look best in a photo that will take pride of place in your home.
This is a question that we get asked a lot, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you and your family feel and look your best in front of the camera.
Should we go super smart or super casual?
The answer is, smart-casual! Although it’s not a great idea to rock up in a tracksuit or your gym wear, you don’t need to splash out on expensive suits or evening dresses either. A family photo shoot is all about having photographs that reflect you as a family: your style and personalities. These photos will be looked at for years to come, and you want to look at them and see your true self, rather than a dolled up or uncomfortable version.
Comfortable is the key word here! If you don’t enjoy wearing strappy tops, don’t wear a strappy top. Even if you think it’s a trendy outfit, wearing something that you’re not used to will just make you feel at unease in front of the camera.
Our photo sessions are full of natural, laid-back shots, so clothes that allow you to sit on the ground with your kids are best. Be wary of dresses that may ride up when sitting, or floaty fabrics that may take off with the wind! Choose an outfit that you feel relaxed in, and it’s hard to go wrong.
What about matching outfits?
Generally speaking, the rule of thumb would be ‘don’t match, go together’. If you love the coordinated look, there are plenty of ways to achieve this without looking like a pop band.
For example, if you would like everyone to be wearing blue, you can create complimenting outfits by using different items of clothing; Dad can wear a shirt, Mum in a blouse, the kids in a dress or shorts.
An assortment of fabrics can work really well too. Photographers love the texture of denim in a photo, whether it’s a pair of jeans or a jacket. Plus you can introduce another neutral colour such as white or grey to help balance out the overall colour scheme.
What colours are best to wear?
Colour is so important in a photograph, so choosing the right one can feel like a minefield. Photographers would agree that neutral, calming colours such as pale blues, white, grey or pastels work really well, especially if you would like to co-ordinate your family look. Although bright colours and neon is best avoided, it's not to say that you can't inject a pop of colour to make your photos come to life.
You can use colour to highlight features, such as a green top to compliment green eyes, or having a pink hairband to match a pink dress. Colour is something to have fun with and definitely not something to shy away from. Something to bear in mind before you go to grab that red top would be how would the outfit colour scheme work with the room colour scheme where you are planning on displaying the photos.
What if the kids want to dress up?
There’s just something about superhero outfits that makes kids want to wear them EVERYWHERE. Although they are fun, allowing your kids to wear a full on spiderman costume and mask to a photo shoot probably isn’t the best way to use your time with a professional photographer. Photographers want to be able to capture your child in all their beauty, by getting close up shots of their face and eyes.
It’s great for kids to bring along a prop, such as a tiara or their favourite toy, as this will help capture their personality on camera, but it’s always recommended that you have some natural shots too. My Family Photo have monthly themes where props are provided, such as princes&princesses, back to school and Christmas card sessions.
Make sure the laundry has been done! It may seem like an obvious one, but the photographer will love you if you turn up in clean, crease-free clothing
Remember to back-up items of clothing for kids who are a magnet for dirt and mess.
Have fun! This is your chance to have some beautiful, professional portraits taken of your family that you can treasure for years to come.