I have gotten this question pretty much every time I book a shoot with a client, so in the spirit of family photoshoots, today I thought I'd go over a few basic tips to help for when you book your next family shoot.
1. Color Coordinate
Color is one of the most important elements in photography. When all of the colors work harmoniously, the photos have a tendency to glow and just come together.
The colors that I find work out best for Spring and Summer are,
- Pale pink
Great colors for Fall and Winter are,
- burnt orange
- navy blue
- hunter green.
I definitely can't wait to have fall photoshoots and see everyone's cute and cozy clothes.
Also, something to consider is the tones. The camera can tell the difference between navy blue and pale blue. A general rule is that deeper and darker tones work for fall and winter, while pale and soft colors work for Spring and Summer. The family above did a perfect job coordinating their clothes. The blues compliment the tans, and the greens compliment the grays, while the pink and red from Libby's dress give the photo the right amount of vibrance.
2. Coordinate, But Don't Match From Head To Toe
This is just plain cheesy (in my humble opinion). Did your parents ever make you take family photos with matching sweaters? Don't scar your kid either.
Unless you're intentionally making fun of the completely matching cliche, then have at it!
In all seriousness, when all members of the family are wearing matching clothes, it takes away each person's ability to express themselves, no matter how shy or outgoing they are. Maybe it's just because I have a general interest in fashion, but I love showing up to a shoot and seeing what everyone has picked to wear. Each person's outfit that they choose to wear says something about them, whether they realize it or not.
3. Stay Comfortable
When you are stuffed into an uncomfortable garment of clothing, it's going to affect your performance. You aren't going to want to be there, much less smile for a photo. Wear clothes that you are going to be comfortable in, so that you can be yourself.
I hope this has helped you out! If you are interested, I'm running a contest on my Facebook page for a free family session! The contest ends on September 3rd, and you can see more details and enter here.