Start With Color
The easiest place to start wardrobe planning is with your color palette. Think coordinated, not “matched”. Begin by choosing a mix of complimentary neutral colors, punctuated with pops of a brighter accent color on individual clothing items and accessories. Or go for a range of shades within your chosen palette individually for each member of your family. Your goal is to create a pulled together, coordinated look that’s natural without being overly “matchy” or “uniformed”.
Create Interest With Layers & Accessories
Using layers and accessories is a great way to add visual interest and create different “looks” for each family member during your session. Simply adding or removing items like sweaters, vests, or jackets can give you a quick “wardrobe change” between shots.
Carefully chosen accessories like scarves, statement jewelry, or a favorite hat are fun touches of personal style and personality, and they’re great techniques to make individual family members the “star” of a particular group of poses.
Timeless, Not Trendy
While the latest fashion trends can be great for your day- to-day look, taking a more classic approach to your wardrobe choices is always best for portraits. Choosing your timeless favorites — pieces that rarely go out of style — will ensure your family portraits don’t have a dated look next season.
Your Home Plays A Role
You should also consider where your portraits are going to be displayed in your home. For larger canvases or framed prints, perhaps intended as the focal point of a family room or dining room, consider your wall colors and the overall décor and style in those rooms as you plan your wardrobe choices.