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What To Wear: Family Spring Edition

4/06/18

It’s time for some inspiration for what to wear for spring family photos! With Spring, color pallets that are light and airy with a pop of color are so gorgeous! Blue is always a great color because it looks good on every skin tone and compliments many other colors.

The most common family question: what do we wear? Let’s make this seemly big task of arranging outfits, super easy and fun! One of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard is to start with one piece of clothing that will inspire the entire style. It could be your favorite dress or sweater, an outfit that you just feel great in! I always think about being stylish but still classic so that the photos wouldn’t date. Here’s a few of my tips for a family look that will feel like you for years to come.

TIP 1: WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES

If you or your kiddos aren’t comfortable it will show.  Don’t be afraid to be casual if that is your ideal. If you want a reason to dress it up a bit, go for it! Just make sure the clothes make you feel confidant and don’t highlight an insecurity.

TIP 2: USE PATTERN SPARINGLY

A pop of pattern here and there can be a great thing, especially soft patterns like small florals or plaid. However, there needs to be some solid outfits that help balance out the image! If everyone is wearing a pattern it’s very distracting and when you look at your images your eyes will be focusing on the mix of plaids, polkadots and florals.  In general I DO NOT recommend plain stripes with bold colors (a soft gray below could work) but in general it’s a bold pattern and doesn’t blend well. I also recommend steering away from cartoons or crazy characters on children’s clothing.

TIP 3: MUTED COLORS ARE IDEAL

Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals! Some pops of colors can be great, but a generally muted neutral pallet is best.  Blues, creams, browns, maroons, golds, sage greens… While that bright pink and neon orange may be the kids favorite shirt right now, I guarantee it will stand out and become the focal point of your portrait. Keep your individuality, but trade in those neons and fluorescents for a calmer version.

 

TIP 4: PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T COME “MATCHY, MATCHY!”

All white shirts with jeans, or all black shirts with khakis just do. not. work! You’re investing in photography and I want those images to be proudly displayed and feel like you! Unless your family always dresses exactly the same, don’t show up that way for photos. 🙂 You don’t have to be as coordinated as these examples, but they are good places to start.

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