Choosing what to wear for your family portrait session can sometimes be a chore but it is extremely important because clothing, more than anything else, can make or break your photos.


Remember, these photographs will be an important part of your home for years to come. Choosing timeless, yet appropriate attire will go a long way toward ensuring a great outcome.


First and foremost, dress everyone consistently in similar, solid colors to keep the focus on the face. Avoid clothing with lines and patterns, as they can be overwhelming and add extra weight. Consistency is vital. Everyone should wear similar colors, either all dark, or all light.


You may also want to dress according to the season: light colors for the summer, dark colors for the winter, earth tones for the fall.


For a dreamy look, choose soft colors, such as pink, light blue, lavender or yellow. For a dramatic look, choose bold colors such as red, black, dark blue, purple or orange. Wearing minimal accessories is best, as too big or too many can detract from the photo.


For children, feel free to bring outfits that have a lot of creativity behind them. They can be fun, layered, sporty or textured (tutus and ruffles for girls look so cute!). Jeans, khakis, sweaters, skirts, dresses and a Sunday best dress code can work well. Avoid T-shirts with pictures or words on them, as they add too much distraction.


Don't forget the shoes and socks. Men should avoid wearing white socks with dress shoes. Make sure everyone's shoes are clean and presentable not raggedy or muddy. Barefoot photos can also be fun! For the women, boots, heels, sandals or dress shoes look great. Co-ordinating the color of everyone's shoes is also important.


Be comfortable and dress in clothes that flatter you. The more comfortable you are, the more it will come out in your images.


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