September 13, 2013

5 Tips for What to Wear for Family Pictures- Fashion Contributor

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Hey Sugar Bee readers! I'm Kilee from ONE little MOMMA back with more Fall fashion advice. Last month we talked about making your own cargo vest and today I just may inspire you to wear it. There is no better reason to pick up a few fun and stylish Fall wardrobe items than preparing for family photos and today I'll hopefully help you start.

With the upcoming season there are a lot of things to look forward to- trips to the pumpkin patch, apple cider, cozy sweaters and cooler weather. Fall also often means its time for family photos and most people don't look forward to those. Choosing what to wear it just one of the stressers that families, especially the mommas, get to deal with. I'd like to offer five tips to help you choose your family's outfits and hopefully make photo sessions a little easier.

1. Start with picking a color scheme.
There are limitless color schemes out there for family photos, but choose one that feels like you and incorporates colors that you already own. It is okay to go buy some new things for family photos, but makes sure you don't have to buy EVERYTHING new. Stick to one or two main colors complimented by a neutral. Or go all neutral. These are our family photos from last year and I purposefully chose a neutral color scheme that focused more on texture and patterns, than a specific color.


2. Vary with the tops.
I like to start by choosing what tops everyone will wear. Usually that is where there is the most variety to pick from. Depending on the size of your family, try to include at least patterned shirt (like plaid or polka dots) and at least one solid top. If you can vary between a basic tee, a button up and a sweater then do it. As long as you stick to the color scheme, varying the tops will add the most interest to the photos. For example give one child layers with a cardigan and a tee and stick another in a button up and a bow tie. As you can see below my layered vest balances my brother's plaid top while adding diversity to the photo.


3. Vary the Bottoms.
Next up are the bottoms. Decide how casual or dressy you want your photos to be and then choose accordingly. Stay within your color scheme and then mix it up a little. Because our scheme was neutral we did two members in denim, one in black pants and another in khaki. You can also do light and dark denim, a skirt and a dress, tall boots and short boots... you get the idea. The only thing to be wary of is brightly printed skirts or pants. If the bottoms are where the action in happening, then go back and tone down the tops.


4. Consider Mom and Dad’s outfits together.
The next two tips have the same concept, but you really want to make sure to do both steps! Because you will likely have a photo of just you and your hubby (or wife) on your own, be sure your outfits go well together. Do they coordinate enough to stand alone? Are you both in plain tees or should you throw on a vest or a cardigan to mix it up? Do your pants match perfectly or should you add tall boots or a skirt to change up the bottoms?


5. Consider the siblings outfits together.
The same thing applies to the siblings. You will likely want a photo of just the kids so how do their outfits work together? For my boys last year I decided to put them both in the same Target button up so that they coordinated- but then had them wear the shirts differently. Easton wore a button up sweater over his with khakis. Kesler wore his with tie and jeans. Neither was more dressy than the other and they weren't matchy-matchy.


You really want to think about the family's clothing as one BIG outfit. Like when you dress yourself, you want an outfit to be balanced and coordinate, but not be all the same or monochromatic or plain. So vary the styles, prints, and textures while sticking with a purposeful color scheme and you will be on your way to some great family style!


About Author:

Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

2 Fabulous Comments:

Great post! I am just starting out as a photographer, would you mind if I shared this on my facebook page?!

Thanks for checking - - feel free to share the link - thanks!

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