photoshootcasualfamilyIt’s the week before your scheduled session with your photographer and you haven’t a clue what you and your family are wearing. You are not alone. This happens to us all. The garments you choose will either positively or negatively impact the outcome of your photo shoot. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to ensure the former result.

While you may fall into the typical trap of shopping the day before, with proper planning, you’d be surprised what you have access to out of your own closet. Here are a few simple guidelines to consider.

Details are in the face, not the clothing.
Don’t get hung up on intricate detailing in your garments, such as smocking for little girls or ruffles and various textures for adults. In addition, avoid prints and patterns, as they can be distracting and, ultimately, take away from a unified, beautiful family portrait. The simpler, the better. After all, the photographs should showcase you, not your clothing. In fact, the image should be so engaging that you could take the clothes away and your eyes would not move from the focal point (which should be you and your family).

photocolorsColor is the key to flattery.
You may have partaken in the ‘white + khaki uniform’ in the past. However, it’s important to note that white is not the most flattering of colors. In fact, it can wash out your face completely. Color, on the other hand, brings lightness and brightness to your face. If you are uncomfortable selecting colors, go for universally flattering colors — teal and eggplant, among others. Here are a few suggested color palettes for every type of mood.

Be comfortable in your skin.
When you feel and look good, your confidence and happiness are transparent. More importantly, you can relax and have fun. There is nothing better than capturing the moment under these circumstances.

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