3 Tips to Style Your Family Portraits

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.  I’m a  portrait photographer, and this is how I coach all my clients into looking amazingly put together and coordinated, without all wearing white shirts and khakis.  It’s easier than you think, I promise.

  1. I recommend shopping for your entire family in one store.  Stores like Target & Old Navy are perfect for this because they carry items for each department within the same color schemes each season. And usually they always have a sale or some sort of BOGO going on, which is great for your budget!
  2. This is the most important step – pick out a plaid (flannel) shirt. Plaid shirts are a ready made color palette.  I usually find one either in my husbands closet or in the store for him first.  You’ll use this shirt as a basis to start building the other outfits.  Once you’ve got a solid look going, you can ditch the plaid (or keep it) and replace it with something else if you’d like.
  3. Each outfit only needs to coordinate with one color in the plaid.  Feel free to mix it up with prints and solids and layers.  The color palette will keep everything pulled together.  By shopping in the same store, you’ll save yourself a lot of agony wondering “is that the right shade of green?” or “do these two really go together?”  When in doubt, just pair the item in question with the plaid shirt and ask yourself if they match.  If so, you’re good to go!

See?  That wasn’t so bad, was it?  So go out there and rock your family portraits this fall!


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