Monday, January 13, 2014

Tips for Outfitting Family Photos

I have a brother, half-sister, two step-sisters, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, two nieces, a nephew, two niece-dogs and a dog sister....so when this fall I got a wild hair to get everyone together to take family photos to surprise our parents with for Christmas, everyone thought I was crazy. Thankfully we enlisted the help of my friend Sara of Sara Jayne Photography {as always} to take the photos and get us organized. Coordinating a date and time was shockingly easy what was difficult was coordinating the outfits. 

We knew we were going to be outside in the fall and we knew we had 5 families to coordinate and look somehow put together which included three kids and a baby. I have always liked family photos that are coordinated but still allow everyone to show off their personal style and individuality so that's what we went with and it really turned out great. 

With Sara's help I have come up with some tips for coordinating your outfits for family photos:

Stay away from the classic "white top (or black, or red, or any color really) and jeans". In my humble opinion it's super overdone and outdated and I personally think it makes the family look like one big blob and makes for some pretty uninteresting photos. 

Create a color scheme. Picking 3 or 4 colors allows everyone to coordinate without matching and gives some options in terms of putting outfits together.

Be wary of patterns. If you are going to do patterns make sure they don't clash or make sure they compliment each other OR be sure there's enough patterns so not just ONE person sticks out.

Layer it up! Utilize your color scheme with layers, for example, put the boys in a collared shirt in one of the colors with a sweater over it in another one of the colors. 

Pay attention to shoes! Even if they only show in a few photos a pair of bright colored shoes that don't match can take away from the whole photo. 

Stage it! Lay all of your outfits out on the bed so you can see if anything really stands out or doesn't "go". Obviously, this isn't always possible with a large group of multiple families, but if each family does it you should all be set. 

And when in doubt:
*neutral solid colors
*avoid stripes or bold patterms
*no words
*long or 3/4 sleeves
*pops of color in accessories
*if you're concerned about slimming - go darker rather than lighter


For our photos, we decided on tan, red, black and denim. This allowed everyone lots of options - red sweater and jeans, black pants and tan top, or as Jason said "red leather pants and a black shirt" which thankfully no one showed up wearing. 


30 comments:

P!nky said...

What great pictures and I love the color scheme. Great tips too!

~Dawn~ said...

Such helpful tips!! I love the splash of color in Kenley's headband :)

Jess Beer said...

These turned out gorgeous! Love that you surprised your parents with them!

Ashley said...

Love this color scheme - what a great Christmas gift!!

Anonymous said...

It was the most unexpected gift of all time!! All of the kids together means so much to me and I love my pictures. What a good looking bunch. Thank you!
xo m

Kristen said...

Great pictures! Kenley is just the cutest! Thanks for the tips!

Ashley @ Words About Waverly said...

LOVE the pics, they came out just perfect!!! XX

wordsaboutwaverly.blogspot.com

Carolyn said...

These are SO CUTE!!!!!! :) And those are all awesome tips!

Ashley said...

Great color choices!!! The pics turned out awesome!!!

Heather Leigh @ Like a Morning cup of coffee said...

So so cute!! Thanks for the advice!! I really wanna get a family portrait done of our family in the near future. :)

Katie @ yellowmangolife.blogspot.com said...

You are too cute - love these pics and what a great surprise!

Kari said...

So beautiful! And I'm really glad Jason didn't end up in red leather pants! Although he is adorable, I don't think the parents would have appreciated that fashion statement! :)

Jasam Caldwell said...

These are some beautiful photos! Gotta use these tips one of these days!

Marianna Dunn said...

These pictures look so good! It helps when the people are so good looking too ;) Coming from a crazy big blended family too, these tips are very helpful!

The Bennetts said...

I tried to leave this comment yesterday but for some reason I couldn't :( Anyway, once again spot on with your posts! We gave my husband's parents a gift certificate for a family photo shoot that we're hoping to do this summer and I've already been thinking about outfits for 6 adults and 3 kids. I can guarantee I'll be referencing this post again!

ajs {of MN} said...

family photos, especially surprise gifts are always so great! love these photos.

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