—by Connie Clark
Clothing can be a very sensitive subject. While having everyone wear the same sweater, color, pattern, print, pajamas, outfit, prop, pets, etc. for family portraits can sound like a great idea (see TIP #3), often times it does not have the desired effect.
From our experience shooting families, here’s what looks good and what does not. These are just our suggestions and there are always exceptions…
TIP #1If you want to look FIRST-CLASS in your family portraits… We suggest solid colored “casual ” clothing in medium to darker tones (not black) to remain timeless.
TIP #2STRIPES or PATTERNS will add weight to your body in your portraits.Colors to avoid?
White — you’ll look pale.
Yellow — you’ll look like you are ill.
Red — you’ll look like you are sunburned.
Black — you’ll look like a floating head.
TIP #3As a general rule, it’s better to coordinate your family’s outfits instead of dressing them all alike (same color shirts, same sweaters, etc.).
TIP #4For tops… wear form fitting tops or you will look heavier. For the ladies, V-necks will make you look your best. Ladies… wear your make up as if you are going out for the evening. No lip gloss please. Keep jewelry to a bare minimum.
TIP #5For bottoms, we suggest jeans or khakis for pants. If you must wear a dress, be careful of it fitting loosely as that can add weight too. Under no circumstances should you wear shorts unless you are under the age of 7. If you wear shorts, and you hate the way you look after you see your photos, we cannot help you.
TIP #6The LESS skin that shows, the better off you are. Trust us!
TIP #7Men — please shave before the photo session. We cannot do anything about 5 o’clock shadow.
TIP #8Everyone be careful what you wear on your feet as it will show in the portraits. Don’t wear sandals, flip-flops or go barefoot unless you’re on the beach.
While the slideshow adds a bit of humor to illustrate our suggestions, we sincerely hope you won’t be offended, but instead thank us later! If you disagree with us… it’s okay. It's your choice. As long as you don’t say, “Andrew & Connie… I look terrible! ” — after you see your photos — then we are okay!
If you have any questions, please call Andrew at 479.601.6352 prior to your photo session, so there are no misunderstandings!
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