- Category: Rain in Style
- Published: Sunday, October 29, 2017
- Written by Lorraine Serbinski
'Tis the season...the leaves are changing, the pumpkins are being picked and carved, there is a crispness in the air...and that my friends, probably means you are getting family photos done. I know this because, not only am I a style blogger, but I am also a family photographer here in Fredericksburg (find me on Facebook- Lorraine Serbinski Photography, or on my webpage, here ). I thought that I would take a moment to talk about what to wear for your family photo sessions. I recently took my own family photos, and the struggle with what everyone should wear is real!! In fact, I have to bribe my son to wear actual pants and not those athletic running style pants... and shoes...that's a whole THING. A shirt with BUTTONS?!? The terror!!!!!!!
Anyway, so as both a photographer and a mom, I get that coordinating everyone for your photos can be a task. So, I will give you a few suggestions that hopefully will make it a little easier, but the bribing...that's all you. This year, for my family photos (yes I took them myself) I wanted to wear a tutu skirt...and that is a statement piece, so I had to work everyone else's outfits around my tutu. I chose white, because I knew that the couch I would use was red, and the color scheme I wanted was white, teal, red with grey thrown in as a neutral. You can find this tutu skirt in every color imaginable, on Amazon, here.
So that brings me to my suggestions:
- Start with a color scheme in mind- You can search pinterest or google and find a lot of interesting color combinations. Everyone in the photo should be wearing the colors in your chosen scheme. They don't all have to wear every color at once. Use neutral colors too to create balance and rest, and by "rest" I mean neutrals give your eye a rest from a lot of color.
- Choose a statement piece or a pattern- be careful with patterns. Stay away from loud patterns, and use it sparingly, for example, don't put everyone in plaid, one person in plaid and the others in cooridinating solid colors. Whoever is wearing the pattern, will stand out. However, I broke that "rule" in the photo above...LOL. My son is in plaid and I have a polka dot cardigan. It works though because both are understated.
- If in doubt, layer- Layers add interest to an outfit. With my family photos, I probably should have put my husband in a jacket, that way he would have had an extra layer.
- Think about your entire outfit- From head to toe, everything matters. So, don't wear holey socks, or beat up shoes.
- Accesorize- yes yes yes. Accessories are a great way to put personality into your photos. They are also a great way to bring in different textures. Scarves, jewelry...etc
- Ask your photographer- I know a few photographers that have strong feelings about certain colors, or clothing styles, so ask thier opinion. However, always always be true to your likes and what you love to wear. We are here to help, but if you don't love what you are in, the pictures will reflect that.
- Lay it out- I find it easiest to lay everything out on the floor, so you can see all outfits together. I am a visual person, so it helps me see how it will all come together and if I need to change anything.
And, my most important suggestion...get your family photos done every year. I am still amazed at how fast both my family and my clients' families change and grow. Here is one of my family photos from last year. Color scheme for this one was neutral colors. And oh my how we have changed! Looking back at this now, I should have had blue earrings instead of the neutral colored ones. It would have helped to draw the blue across.
This one is from maybe two years ago (maybe three)... and it brings back so many memories! Don't let their happy faces fool you, they were NOT HAPPY. My kids have something called "photographers kid syndrome". It's a terrible thing that affects their capability to listen to direction as soon as their mom picks up the camera. It's this strange affliction that turns them into little demanding divas who act like wild hyenas.
Regardless, I hope you all are getting your photos done, or maybe you are ahead of the game and already did. Either way, go on and get them done. Capture the moments, all of them, because pretty soon they won't want to sit this close to each other, or bribing them to do it will involve something bigger than Smarties. But most importantly, let it be FUN. Let them do thier goofy shots, the goofy poses... you'll get the images you want faster.
Stay tuned next week when I talk about how to style over the knee boots, another fall favorite.