A question frequently asked by my engagement and family portrait clients is “What should we wear?” This is a tough one because I just never know what is in someone else’s closet, what they’ll feel most comfortable in, and what reflects their true style. So I tell them to avoid matching (you know – all family members in white polos and khaki pants – not my favorite look) and aim for a coordinating pallet. Find a family of colors that works for everyone and then choose variations within that pallet to mix it up visually. For instance, if you like browns, khakis, creams and blues, make sure that the family members in your session don’t just wear solid colors. Have several people mix in some plaids, ruffles, denim and a simple floral. A vary the shades of each color as well. Bring in texture by choosing a cable knit cardigan, a tank top with small ruffles on the neckline or a nubby sweater. It all adds to the visual interest of the photos and helps to avoid the family blending in to the background.
Below I have posted a few samples I found. And remember, you can always bring a few extra articles of clothing and change during the session if you want to mix it up.
All these melon colors will pop against a background of greens or sand.
I particularly like this group because it illustrates how by incorporating texture and pattern you can make an otherwise dull color pallette interesting.
I love the combinations of greens, browns, khakis, denim and grays. I can imagine a little turquoise in there too 🙂