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Portrait Planning Series Part 3 – Choosing Your Outfits

It can be tempting to wait until the last minute when planning the outfits for your portrait session but trust us, you will have a more successful shoot if you plan ahead (not to mention less stress).  Below we have listed a few tips to help ensure your family looks as great as this family does.

  1. Coordinate your outfits but don’t make them too matchy-matchy. We want everyone to look good together but we also want to see each person’s individuality.
  2. Choose clothing that suites your body type and fits you properly – fitted is always better than baggy.
  3. We always suggest that you tuck your shirts in, but if someone will be wearing a shirt un-tucked, make sure it is a fitted shirt and it isn’t too long (a few inches below their natural waist is best).
  4. On that note, don’t wear clothing that is too tight or too short and that the arms aren’t restrictive. You should be able to stand, sit, bend over and reach overheard without having to constantly readjust everything.
  5. Check that your buttons don’t gap at the chest or stomach.
  6. If you are wearing something sleeveless, make sure your bra strap is not showing. If you have to keep pushing it back in, it will definitely show in your photos (and no, we can’t just photoshop that out).
  7. Avoid wild patterns, large logos and anything with writing on it. These can be very distracting and they will really date your photos.
  8. If one person is wearing a subtle pattern or strips, make sure the other adults are in solids. Too many competing patterns or stripes can look chaotic.
  9. For families with children, parents should be the backdrop for their children – neutral clothing for mom and dad then something more colorful for the kids is ok. The smallest ones can in brighter colors or patterns so they stand out.
  10. Keep jewelry to a minimum. Wear the necessities like your wedding ring and accent jewelry but leave the extras at home (watches, multiple rings and necklaces). Bangles are ok if they are party of your outfit but make sure they won’t catch on your clothing.
  11. For babies and small children, bring a change of clothing.

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