It’s now the season of Christmas card family portraits. And with that comes the added stress of, “What on Earth do we all wear?!”. For some of you, just the daily task of choosing an outfit that looks good on you, can be a challenge. So then when you’re in charge of coordinating outfits for your whole family for portraits that will then be sent out to all of your family and friend, well you may just be too overwhelming. I’d like to help easy some of that stress. Below are 3 family outfit groupings, and more will be posted over on the Facebook page in the next coming weeks.
First, let me introduce myself since I’m one of the hidden behind the scenes members of Twinkle Photo and Birds of a Feather. My name is Laura, and I’m the one who has been editing a majority of the photos since the spring (this fall I’ve been editing only the wedding photos), and I have the beginnings of a style blog and am in the process of starting a personal styling business. I guess I just like making things look good. 🙂 Editing and personal styling is like the icing on the cake. The cake’s good without it, but really, who wants cake without some icing.
Here are some tips to make your outfit planning less stressful this season.
- Forget the days of matchy-matchy. My personal “rule” is that if you wouldn’t all go out as a family in matching clothes on a regular basis, then you should dress like that for your photos. It looks forced and unnatural. Plus, you usually have that one child (or dad) who hates it and is then cranky for the session.
- Don’t stray too far from the clothes that you wear normally. The kids are happiest if they’re not wearing a new itchy sweater or too many layers.
- Colors are good. So are patterns. It creates depth and interest in the photos. When everyone’s wearing the same color (especially white), you all blend into each other and it’s hard to see where one person ends and another begins.
- Plan your color scheme based off of a patterned garment (even if that pattern is on a tie or scarf).
- It’s okay to mix patterns amongst family members, and even in one person’s outfit. To successfully mix patterns, choose patterns in the same color scheme (black & white is great for beginner pattern mixers). Choose one large print and one small print. Stripes and florals always go together. Animal prints (like leopard) can be considered a “neutral” especially when they’re on a shoe.
- It’s best to keep really bright primary colors (like red, yellow, and orange) to the lower half of the outfit, or in small amounts. When you wear a solid red, orange, or yellow top, that color is then reflected onto your face depending on the direction of the light, creating funny color highlights and shadows that are really hard to edit out.
- Have fun!
Now on to the visuals. If you click on the images they will take you to polyvore, where you’ll be able to see where all of the pieces in the outfits are from and how you can purchase them.
And here are some lovely past Twinkle families who chose wonderful outfits.
Hopefully these tips will help make outfit choosing for your portrait sessions a lot easier and less stressful, and possibly even more fun. Stay tuned to the Facebook page over the next few weeks to see more outfit suggestions to help make the most of your family session.