Gap, Old Navy and Piperlime have had a lot of good online deals lately and I have ordered too many things for my family. They are a good resource for casual clothes to use in a family photo session. This is just a sample of what your family could wear to give you an idea of what looks good together. It can be a challenge to find coordinating clothes for the whole family that blend well but aren’t too matchy-matchy. I love these neutrals with splashes of color. They photograph so well and right now would look so great with all the yellow leaves. If you are extremely challenged in the area of choosing clothes, enlist a friend to help you. You can also bring several outfits to your photo session and your photographer can help put things together for you. She will be your best guide especially in your setting with the lighting, etc. It is always best to bring more than you will need for your session so you have choices. Think of fun and colorful hats and scarves this time of year. This is the easiest way to change a look or add color to a child who doesn’t want to change clothes in the middle of their session playing. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family if they have things you can borrow as well.
For color schemes, I am always a fan of blues and browns. I also love oranges with different shades of brown. You can check back here to remember what I chose for my own family session (and I promise to eventually get the results of that online!). For natural settings without a lot of grass, I love the way red and especially a green apple color photograph. My advice is to dress up Mom the way she looks best and everyone else can coordinate around her!
Use your imagination and most importantly pick things that are well suited for your family. I couldn’t imagine my own family being photographed in anything but blue jeans! Use your photographer as a great resource and consult with her beforehand. I love to help my clients in this area and often suggest things that compliment our shooting location. Most importantly, don’t stress too much about it. With a good photographer, children look just as stunning and precious in jeans and a t-shirt!
And speaking of kids in t-shirts… Here is a shot from last weekend after we were finished with our session and nice clothes had been changed. Luke grabbed his next door neighbor for this shot. I did clean up the ink and some of the food on her face for impromptu picture (only because I thought Mom would like that). I love the missing teeth and can not imagine she would be any more precious even with her hair brushed! Thanks to her Mom & Dad for letting us borrow her for a few minutes.
Happy Hump Day!