After booking a photo session the first question I ALWAYS get is “What should we wear?”. It’s a valid question. I know that when I sign my family up for our yearly family portraits the most stressful part is hands down picking the outfits.
Then I follow my own advice. Pick out two or three of your favourite outfits for each member of the family. You know the outfits I’m talking about. The ones that SCREAM your little boy’s name or your little girls favourite t-shirt that makes her daddy’s heart melt into a puddle of pony buying goo. Plus the jeans that make your butt look super hot! Once you have everyones outfits out pick which ones go together the best. NO! I don’t mean all white shirts and khaki pants but maybe stick with all bright colours or all earth tones. Clothes that go together but don’t match.
Another helpful pointer is to make sure the clothes actually fit and are lacking any significant stains! Sometimes as parents we overlook the fact that our kids have grown so quickly that their favourite dress is now a mini skirt and jeans are now capris! The last thing you want is to notice this right before you head out the door or even worse, in the images.
As far as pirate hats and tutus are concerned if that really is who your child is then bring it along! One day you might regret not having great pictures of Johnny wielding a sword and eye patch.
In the end the right thing is to JUST BE YOU! Don’t wear a dress unless that’s who YOU are! Don’t put your hubby in a tie unless that’s who HE is. If you stick to that than you can’t really screw it up!
BUT just incase you are still unsure here are some great examples of matching colours and styles together found from: http://www.clickitupanotch.com and http://inspiremebaby.com