“What should we wear?”

One of the main questions I get in the lead up to a family session is “What should we wear?!” So I’ve decided to lay it all down for you. Here is what can make the difference between some amazing family photos and your future grandkids laughing at photos of you from back in the day.

These images below are proudly hung up at my Mum and Dads place. My sisters and I all had a photoshoot to mark the momentous occasion of us reaching the age of 10. Yes, that is me in a collar popping pose.

But looking past how fly 10 year old Sophie was, I’m pretty impressed with Mum’s choice of clothing. I mean, my beige cargo pants aren’t so on trend anymore, but they go well with the denim (and the pants aren’t fully visible in this photo. I won’t show you any of the full length photos.) But, for the most part, these images are pretty timeless. 

So that is the first thing to consider in trying to decide what to wear for family photos. I want you to keep in mind that we want these photos to date as little as possible. Things that date the easiest? Slogans, brands and busy ‘on trend’ patterns. Try and avoid these at all costs. Imagine having to look back on your family photos in 30 years and your brother is wearing a fully sick Mambo tee with a pooshooter on it. Don’t hurt your family like that. 

Now onto colour co-ordinating. As a general rule, neutrals are best. Working with white, cream, brown, black and grey are a good starting point. And for me, I like to include blue. Denim, navy and all shades of blue are neutrals in my book. 

These are some examples of a good classic blue and white. It doesn’t have to be boring - you can use all different tones of blue to mix it up. Navy, light blue, royal, denim all mixed in with a bit of white. 

My next example is starting with the base of blue and white with just a pop of colour. The pink splashes in Amahli’s dress and Ayla’s pink necklace and hair clip. Just a little bit of colour but still co-ordinating as well. 

This next example is more than just a small splash of colour. You can see these families are all wearing different tones of blue and white, and then theres one statement outfit. It is purely coincidence that these examples I found all used red/orange as that statement piece. 

This is another favourite combination of mine. All neutrals in my book - white, brown and blue. 

Now to go into colour a little bit more. We’re heading back to High school art class and learning the colour wheel. Anyone else find it interesting? Or just me?

Complimentary colours are colours that are opposite each other on the wheel eg; red and green. Here’s two examples where families have used the complimentary colours blue and orange (in different tones) and mixed it with a few neutrals as well. Don’t feel like everyone has to be wearing these colours. As you can see, Melissa is in a white top and jeans, and Armi is wearing a grey jumper. Neutrals can fill the gaps. 

Now onto analogous colours. These are two or three colours that sit next to each other on the wheel. You can see in the example this family has used pinks and purples and Sadie the little cutie is in a neutral white dress. 

Triadic colours are next and they are 3 colours that are equal in distance to each other on the wheel. I’m afraid I couldn’t find any of my families to use as examples of this, so I found a random girl on the internet to show you. If you’re brave enough to be that family to use as my example, please give me a call! 

So thats it! It doesn’t have to be intimidating or difficult. If you start by picking a few items out of yours and your families wardrobe and laying them down on the bed to see what works with each other. You can always add a bit of colour with your accessories to tie the outfits together. 

I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration and helped ease the panic of choosing your outfits!

Sophie x 

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