Talk to each other: DON’T match. But DO coordinate. Wearing clothes that are the same level of dressiness is really as matchy as it needs to be. You guys already look like a family. Don’t hamper each person’s individuality by forcing the matching. Let’s be honest: You guys always look awesome together, you don’t need special matching outfits for that.
Consider COLOR: Most people look their best in certain colors (mine are cream and white). Although I love hiding in black clothes as much as the next guy, it tends to be a tough color for photographs. And again – you don’t need to match. Pick a color tone (jewel tone) or pallette (pastels) – maybe even select 3-4 colors – and go from there. Pinterest has some great color ideas for family photos. Before you go out and buy anything – spend a bit of time with favorite items you already own. You probably have everything you need.
Flatter yourselves, Moms: Yes, Moms, I’m talking to you. You’re organizing, you’re planning, you’re making it happen, every day. YOU deserve to look amazing in these photos. Don’t forget about YOU. Play up your assets. If you have great legs, don’t hesitate to show them off a little. It’s OK to be a hot mama. If you have an area of insecurity, think about how you can minimize that with your outfit choice. Scarves /pashminas/jackets are awesome accessories that can totally help highlight the best version of you. If you have insecurities that you want to share with me – please do. BUT, you’re not allowed to do it during your session. Let’s get that out of the way beforehand, so it doesn’t bring us down on session day. 🙂
Bring the Fun, Dads: There is nothing more attractive than an amazing father/husband. I KNOW that your wife probably had to talk you into photos. And, I want you to know, I’m thrilled that you’re participating. And, if you’re at all affectionate with your loved ones, you’ve probably already melted my photographer heart. Today isn’t about smiling and posing, it’s about having a blast. And, I have yet to meet a dad who doesn’t know how to break a house rule or two in the name of family fun. At the risk of minimizing your outfit choice, Dads, the most important thing you can wear to picture day is a good attitude.
I can’t wait to hear from you!