I truly believe that photographs should capture the essence of you and your family’s personality at the very least. I want to help you and your family receive authentic, timeless, and classic wall art and family heirlooms and styling is one way we can work together to achieve that!

I’ve listed 8 great styling tips to get great family photos in the “What to Wear: Family Style Guide“ below:

1. Coordination is key. Coordination and not matching is key. I know, I know. You haven’t had professional family portraits taken in over a decade (or maybe you have). Either way, matching is out and coordinating is in! You no longer have to dress your children in identical outfits or colors and hang that cheesy family portrait in your living room.

2. Choose a color palette. So if we’re coordinating, where do we start? I recommend you choose a color palette. Colors in your home are great places to start, though I’m not certain I’d recommend Pepto Bismol Pink (LOL). Fluorescent colors such as whites, tend to color cast and can sometimes reflect rather harshly. I recommend incorporating one of the primary colors like: yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal) and two secondary colors into your palette. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to begin, reach out to your photographer for assistance.

3. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Sounds like a no-brainer right? Right. But we sometimes make the mistake in dressing ourselves or our children in uncomfortable clothes for certain events. Just think about that beautiful evening or wedding gown you wore to your Prom or wedding. Dressing members of your family in shorts during winter or a sweater in the heat of the summer isn’t ideal. It is our goal to help you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If you are upset or uncomfortable during your session, it will show in your photographs.

4. Start with the female. Often times, the woman of the family will already have her outfit selected. In some circumstances, it may be easier to begin with her wardrobe, and build other members of the family’s outfits around hers.

5. Think solid or plaid colored shirts, but you can get funky if you’re family’s into that too. Clothing with graphics or fairly large logos can take away from the person in the photo. For this reason, I recommend wearing solid or plaid colored shirts.

6. Remember the location. If your session location is in a grassy area or field, I recommend wearing the color green sparingly. Wearing green as a primary color when you’re surrounded by a field of grass, is one way to for you to blend in like camouflage (which is the exact opposite of what we want you to do)! We want you and your family to be the center of attention in your photographs. However, if you’re truly set on wearing the color green, it does make a great accent color.

7. Layers, layers, layers…layers everywhere! I feel like I’m singing the intro to a popular 2000s tune or something. Seriously though, layers add texture and dimension. They’re a great way to help give your photographs that extra oomph!  If you’re not able to add layers, I recommend clothing with texture such as: buttons, ruffles, embroider, flannel, or items with ‘grit’ per se.

8. Accessorize!Accessories can make all the difference in your photographs, especially if you’re feeling like your wardrobe is a bit too bland or basic. If that’s the look you’re going for have at it. Most of the time that’s the look I’m going for. However, if you’re wanting to add a little something different from your normal look, consider accessorizing. Necklaces, boots, bracelets, tights, and scarves oh my! I recommend wearing at least one accessory for females, they can really add interest and spark to your photos. If you’re unsure as to which ones you should, bring them all!

BONUS: The most important tip of them all is to have fun! Need more assistance? Contact us to take the first step in the Melo and Me Photography Experience.