You’ve scheduled your family's fall portraits with your favorite Northern Virginia Family Photographer, Tamieka Smith, and now it’s time to determine what everyone will wear for your pictures. I totally understand this is hard work and there are a lot of things to consider when selecting the best outfits. However, this should be one of the most fun parts of scheduling your family’s pictures.
Do you remember the 90s, when everyone was matchy-matchy? Yes, those are the days of the past. Your family pictures are a great way to show off your individual personality and family’s unity. This blog post will highlight some tips on how to select your family’s clothing for this fall portraits.
Yes, we are going to let the 90s go by the way side and go with a color palette. Instead of matching…think coordination. When you think about a color palette you want to go with for your session, I recommend starting with a basic color palette and go from there. You can do this with a neutral base and a few pops of bright color or pick a color and have everyone dress in shades of that color. When selecting clothing, it’s usually easier to start with the Mom’s and/or daughter’s outfits – let’s own it ladies – we are usually the picky one! So, I recommend starting with the outfit for the girl and mom and then build a wardrobe around that style/color.
Pop of Color
Pops of color can be a fantastic and unique touch to your family photos. Many people ask, “what I do with my hands?” Consider using a handful of flowers, a basket filled with apples (or maybe pumpkins!), a favorite stuffed animal, or maybe even something meaningful like a quilt made by great grandma! Whatever you include in the photo should make sense in the overall scene. Accessories are a great way to incorporate color into the overall look of your family’s fall photo.
Selection of colors play a vital part in your portraits. Colors such as Yellow, Red, and Blue can sometime have a harsh impact on your overall image. Instead of the primary colors listed above consider these alternations; Mustard (Yellow); Maroon or Brick (Red); Navy or Royal (Blue).
If you’re having your family’s portraits in a lush green environment, you should avoid wear green; at least not a lot. Rather use it as an accent color. A great color to contrast the green is Mustard, Navy, Browns, and more.
Think outside of a sneaker. Your shoe choice plays a pivotal role in your overall outfit. Wearing the appropriate footwear can tie everything together and give you a complete feel of your session.
How will you display your images?
How will you use the images from your fall portrait session? Will it be for Christmas cards, a canvas or framed portrait for your living room. You’ll want to ensure you coordinate your outfits for the décor of your room. Also, you’ll want to select clothing that will be timeless.
With fall comes the unreliable weather…so flexibility is key. For us in Northern Virginia unreliable weather seem extremely true. Dressing appropriately for the schedule weather is great, but ensure to have a back up plan for your family’s session. If you or your child is sweating profusely because it’s a 80° sunny day and your child is dressed in a sweater; they won’t be happy and their unhappiness will be seen on their faces. So I highly recommend dressing in layers.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.