What NOT to wear

The first two are courtesy of The last black and white picture makes me smile each time I see it. It ‘s the first family session taken by my dad, Robert, back in 1967. It’s the Stewart family from Weston, Idaho.

I promise we are much better now!

But you came here to find out how to look your BEST in your next family picture. Drumroll please….

1 – My favorite – plan the outfits around MOM. Let mom find her absolute favorite outfit that she just LOVES the way she looks in. Then plan the rest of the family around her. Because if mom doesn’t like how she looks in the picture it doesn’t matter how great the kids look:)

2 – Consider the environment you will be in. A mountain session will look better with earth tones. Standing in front of a white barn you will want more color in the outfits. Spring is great for pastels while winter is better for darker rich colors.

3 – If you are worried about appearing heavy in your pictures follow these tips: Wear darker clothing. Cover your arms to at least below the elbow. It’s better to have clothing a little tight than too loose. Loose clothing will add weight.

4 – Communicate with your photographer during the session. It won’t hurt my feelings if you say, “Chris, I just don’t feel comfortable sitting here.” We can regroup and find another spot easily. If you have a “best side” then by all means show it:)

5 – For any groups larger than 10 you should avoid busy patterns.

6 – It’s better to coordinate than to match. Remember the late 80’s when we all wore matching denim tops AND bottoms? Let’s never do that again 🙂 See the coupon below and how nice they look? They went with shades of blue, grey and white. Not matching, but very complimentary.

I hope this has helped give you a few ideas for your next family picture session.

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