Monday, September 12, 2011

What to wear for your family pictures

People tend to FREAK out when they hear "Family pictures."  Don't worry, here are a few tips to work from!  

#1 It's not about "matchy-matchy"
Out are the days of wearing back and kaki, white and jeans, or matching polos. These days photography is taking on more of a candid, editorial style and you can get fun with your clothing! The goal is to have everyone complement each other, but not be too "matchy-matchy." Try to avoid big logos on t-shirts, but don't be afraid of colors or patterns. 

#2 Layer, Layer, Layer
Layers and texture look great in a photo. As with all design principals you apply when decorating your home, texture looks fabulous in photos! J Crew and Crew Cuts are great places to seek inspiration when deciding what to wear. By adding a blazer or fun scarf, not only does it make the picture look more complete, you can drop the layers toward the end of the shoot for a completely different look. The best news is layers are very in right now, so it won't be hard for you to achieve this look!

#3 Have a Wild Card
 picking a fun, crazy pattern like an animal print or a stand out cardigan. You can also have that "wildcard" wear the accent color as their main color. It mixes things up and can pull an entire look together.

#4 Bold is Beautiful

#6 If in Doubt, Ask Your Photographer
It's important to let your photographer be a part of the whole process with you. Let them get excited with you and help plan your vision. When they know what you are wearing and understand the feel you are going for (casual, fun, formal, etc.), it will make the picture come together beautifully. It's important to pick a photographer whose style you like. Each photographer has a different style. When you can match that that style with your own, you will love the outcome.

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