The goal of a good photography portrait is to direct the viewer’s eye to the subject’s face. All other elements should be secondary. Not sure what to wear during your family portrait session? It’s a lot to consider—after all, these portraits will hang on the walls of your home for a long time, and it might even be passed down through generations. Here are a few tips to help you and your family look your best!
Clothing can easily date your portrait. For that reason, simple clothing with a timeless cut and style works best. Long-sleeves are a good call for most portraits, taking attention away from the arms and keeping it on the faces and expressions. Jeans can be timeless and casual. Darker clothing recedes in the image and can appear slimming.
Color & Style
Instead of looking for top-to-bottom looks for everyone in your family, decide on a color scheme that works for all. Different hues of the same color family or complementary colors work great together. Ideally, keep your clothing selection within the same style (dressy, casual, sporty, etc.). For a soft, timeless look, choose neutral colors in classic styles. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors with bold accents to complement each other (but not matchy-matchy). Bold patterns and bright colors can detract from a portrait, but if it’s your style, you may want to consider pairing bold patterns with solids.