With school getting back into swing and fall colors taking over the landscape here in Colorado, family photography season is coming back around, and we couldn’t be more excited. We love having the opportunity to capture you and your family as they are right now, and give you lasting memories with the portraits we take. As can be expected, we often get a lot of questions about family photos, and specifically what to wear to your family photo session. We thought it would be helpful to round up a few tried and true tips, as well as a couple bonus tips to help you make the most of your session and get the images you truly want and can cherish in the years to come.
Coordinate, Not Match
It’s tempting to match, but we’ve found that what works best and looks more classic, is to coordinate outfits rather than match them exactly. Try shopping collections in a store for your kids (they often have coordinating colors and patterns that make decisions easier) or set a color palette for everyone to stay within. This not only helps keep the photos dynamic, but it also allows your family members’ individual personalities to shine through without making the photos look disjointed thanks to disparate outfits. Though it may be clear in your daily lives that you are a family unit, having a similar thread to tie your outfits together translates that unity to the finished product, too. Plus, having a coordinated color palette keeps the focus on your family’s beautiful faces!
Understand the Background
We will work with you to find a background that fits with your outfits, but if you have a specific background in mind, outdoor or indoor, keep this at the forefront of your mind when you’re choosing outfits. Backgrounds with texture help add dimension to the photo, but too much can get busy and become distracting from the main attraction – your beautiful family!
Have Fun with Props
This may sound corny, but first you need to rethink how you define props. They can be as simple as a nice couch to sit on, or even a tree to lean against. A prop, really, is anything that you and your family may interact within the course of a photo session. We don’t recommend going photobooth with mustaches on sticks or anything for your family session, but having a couple of things that your whole family can interact with that are meaningful to everyone in the photo can add a level of personalization that makes the photos uniquely yours, which is what we are all about here at Monty Nuss.
Shake out the tension, make each other laugh, and don’t worry so much about the camera. We know that’s easier said than done, but it will serve you well if you can get a little more comfortable in front of the camera. Focus on each other, we’ll worry about the posing and we’ll tell you when we need you to smile. We love capturing your family’s true personality and those candid moments alongside the posed shots you want. Taking the time to enjoy being together during the photo session can make all the difference in the world. We do our best to make sure your session is fun and effortless for everyone, and to make sure your environment feels comfortable, like hanging out with an old friend for a little while. This applies to your outfits, too. You want to look nice, but you still want to be comfortable. If you’re not, we can usually see it on your faces!
Really, it’s up to you and what feels best to wear for your family, but these recommendations should help you understand a little more about what works well and what doesn’t from a photographer’s perspective. If you’re still feeling a little lost, we’re happy to help offer suggestions when you book your family portrait session with us!