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What to wear for summer family portraits

Posted By Jessi Weithman On May 27, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Photo Tips | 9 Comments

So you’ve booked a summer family portrait session! You are excited and cannot wait for the day, until the panic of what to wear sets in. You want your family to look their best. Here are some quick tips to get you started on preparing for your summer portraits:

Color is fun! Pinks, reds, blues, purples, yellows and oranges pop out against the lush green of summer. Many photographers will let you work in a change of clothes, and I say take advantage of this offer. Let the kids dress themselves for one outfit… kids have an eye for unexpected color combinations that pop in images. Then compromise with an outfit that you love for the second outfit. Think complementary colors when dressing siblings and family members and not matchy-matchy. When completely stumped on how to start, I always say pick out an outfit that you love for your youngest and then build off the colors in that outfit for everyone else.

Drop the socks and bulky shoes!  Summer is a time for bare feet! Kiddos love let the air hit their toes, but I’m talking about the entire family. Dig out the nail polish add a splash of color to your own toes too! If you insist on shoes, sandals are the way to go. No socks! Did you hear me? No socks!

Forget the sunglasses and avoid nesting them on top of your head. Yes, sunglasses are cool but so are those beautiful eyes that are hiding behind the glasses. Eyes show expression, so let the expression shine! You’ll be glad you did.

And finally, I encourage families to bring along favorite things. Does your daughter have a favorite doll? Bring her along! Does your son adore dinosaurs? Let a few figurines tag along. Do you love reading books as a family… toss a favorite book or two into the bag that day. You get the idea. These favorite things define you, and portrait day is all about capturing your family as your family!


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