It’s March in Boston and you’ve secured your Spring family photos for 2021. You’ve cleared your schedule and you have a plan for navigating a photoshoot after your kids’ bedtime. You’re done, right? Wrong. Now comes the daunting task of figuring out what exactly the whole family will wear!
Parents quake at the thought of coordinating outfits but I am here to help make the process as simple as possible.
Spending a lot of money on this year’s family outfits is not a necessity. Most people can pull from some of the basics in their wardrobe and supplement with some new pieces. My favorite stores to shop at have many affordable options that photograph really well, you just have to know what to look for! Here are my favorite spots to check:
Spring is the season of a lush green landscape. It’s the brightest and most saturated that our landscape in Boston gets! To let the backdrop shine and not overwhelm your images with color, go for muted tones. Pastels and neutrals complement Spring greens best. Some backdrops allow more leeway (the beach, the city) but if you’re in a forest or a field….think light!
Overalls and rompers are always a great choice for kids. They are classic, photograph well, and best of all, rarely have any wardrobe malfunctions. One piece outfits means less to coordinate and less to fidget with during your session! Win, win.
Does your family love pattern? Here’s how to incorporate pattern well:
If you have long hair, let it flow! Messy, flowing hair brings texture and movement to photographs. I absolutely ADORE wind in hair. But, if you are the kind of person who is bothered by blowing hair, secure it back with a pony or braid! With the active/relaxed style of my family sessions, constantly adjusting hair won’t be possible.
Dads often stress about what to wear but I am here to let you in on a little secret! Simple is best. Comfortable is best. If you’re not a button down guy, don’t wear one! My favorite outfits for dads consist of jeans or cords with a simple t-shirt in a neutral or jewel-tone. Bonus points if it’s a henley (button neck) shirt. Not a t-shirt guy? You can rock a button down with short or long-sleeves but make sure it’s something you’re comfortable moving around in and won’t worry about your kids’ feet dirtying it. I am going to ask you to run, throw your kid, put him/her on your shoulders, and sit on the ground!
Movement of fabric looks amazing on camera. Maxi style dresses, floaty blouses or tunics, a skirt and tank, and a wide leg romper all bring a flowing element. Find something that you feel comfortable and confident in and leave the rest to me!
Once you’ve got your main items, don’t forget the accessories! A wide brim hat, suspenders, watches, bracelets and necklaces…they all bring textural elements and elevate the look of an outfit.
Want direct links to things guaranteed to photograph well? Here are some of the ones I love:
Overalls from Zara (boys + girls options): here
Henley tees from Old Navy in either short or long sleeves: here
These Madewell blouses + tops: here
These Zara rompers for babies + toddlers: here
I love, love chatting about outfits! Please don’t feel like you’re bothering me with any outfit questions. Email me, text me, send me some pictures! I’d love to help you pull everything together.
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