This is the most asked question at my client consultations. And this is literally my favorite part of planning my own family's outfits! I love being able to design color schemes and outfits that coordinate with my location and time of year, But typically, this is the most daunting task for my clients. They don't all share my intense love of planning outfits. So I designed a guide to help you! You can get your download by clicking here!
One of the best ways to start planning is by chatting with your photographer. But if you'd like to skip this step and try it on your own, pick one person to wear a print and coordinate off that outfit. Typically I choose one of my daughters to wear a print. Then, I look for solid color shirts, sweaters, and accessories to pull the colors out of the printed outfit. This fall, I designed a session for my parents and my girls using burgundy, teal, tan, and cream. I love these colors separately and together, they coordinate well. They also will display nicely in my home. This is another big key I tell all my clients. Choose a color scheme that is classic. You'll want to enjoy these portraits for years and years. Choose a color palette that is classic and timeless.
Here are a few color palettes that are beautiful and classic.
I also try to coordinate my outfits with what I know my husband will like too. While I have used pinks and mint in sessions with him I try to put him in colors I know he will wear again and feel comfortable in.
Next up, accessories! These are also great little accents to include with your session. For my family, I will add a scarf, even a thin, lightweight one will add texture and balance. Necklaces, bracelets, belts, shoes, knee-high socks, bows, and vests all are great ideas. I will usually mix up the colors in our accessories with the colors of my palette. These all add something of interest to your portraits.
Finally, nothing will crash your vibe faster than perfectly coordinated outfits, everyone looks amazing, and then someone is wearing lime green tennis shoes with their khakis and polos. Shoes, shoes, shoes, people! Be very aware of how your shoes look for your location and your outfits. And pay attention to the bottoms of your shoes as well. Sitting poses can often expose the bottoms of your shoes and if they're brightly colored, your eye will draw right to them.
I am so excited to see you all out for your portrait sessions! Please let me know if you used any of these tips and how they helped you!
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