Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Family Picture Coordination

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a fabulous day!

Every Autumn my family takes family portraits and it's exciting and fun. You just bought new fall clothes that you're ready to showcase to the rest of the world, and then disaster strikes. You have to choose your outfits as a family. Who's with me? You want to wear your new navy blue sweater but your husband wants to wear a black leather jacket. Not a cute combo. It's important not to clash with the rest of your family in your portraits, that usually go on your Christmas cards or get framed and hung on your walls. It's distracting and isn't aesthetically pleasing. Lucky for you I'm here to give you a few tips on how to avoid the chaos of wardrobe assembly. 

Tip #1: Decide on a theme that fits your family's personality and won't be too distracting in photographs. For example, if you are going for more of an edgy theme, make sure you're not wearing graphic tees that take away from the person or family. Graphic tees tend to be distracting so stick to more solid colors, blacks, greys and whites go best with a grungy look. 

Tip #2: Stay away from crazy prints. I wore a plaid flannel but covered it with a blazer to it tone down, so the plaid was only an accent. Wide horizontal stripes make people appear larger than they really are, so it you are set on wearing stripes cinch the waist with a belt or stick to skinnier stripes.  

Tip #3: After you've picked the theme your family would like to go with, pick a color scheme. Blues, Browns, whites and greys are common colors for Autumn family portraits. This goes for props as well. DO NOT clash prop colors with your family's outfits.

I hope I've made it a bit easier coordinating outfits for your entire family. Remember to have fun. The best pictures come from natural, candid moments!

Thanks for reading! Shoot me a comment and tell me how your family pictures went this year!

XO Ella 

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