When you say “family photo” it’s impossible not to think cheesy pictures of families in matching jerseys. I recently came across a fantastic article by a photographer featuring some useful tips on how to style a modern family shoot – here’s my take-out plus a couple of my own handy hints:
- Don’t try to be matchy-matchy – rather make an effort to coordinate your outfits.
- Choose a palette that consists of 1 neutral colour and two other colours – this will be your main colours. For instance: beige (neutral), navy and peach, or white (neutral), olive green and sunshine yellow.
- The brightest colour in your palette should only feature as small pops – for instance shoes, necklace or scarf. Also make sure you don’t wear it in an area that you’re self-conscious about, because people’s eyes will naturally be drawn to the colour.
- Mix it up! Don’t put everyone in the same colour tops or bottoms – leave the colour scheme open to interpretation and make sure everyone’s outfits are different.
- Make sure that the colours you choose also work with and complement the backdrop of your photo – you don’t want to blend in and you also don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb.
- Don’t avoid patterns altogether – they add texture – but stick within the colour scheme and keep it subtle and simple.
- Adapted from http://www.meghanowensphotography.com/what-to-wear-for-family-photoshoots-the-three-colors-pop-rule/
- Image Credit: juangalafa.portfoliobox.io
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