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        But... what should we wear?

        Figuring out what to wear to your family photo shoot is not easy, and I know it can be stressful, so here are some tips from a local Portland family photographer (that's me!) for selecting the right outfits.

        First, you need to decide what kind of feel you are going for. If you are wanting light and airy, choose clothing that is neutral and light toned. Colors that would look great for this are cream, white, beige, gray, muted pinks, coral, rose, and light blues. If you are looking for a more dark and moody look, choose some moodier colors, but mix in some lighter colors with it to keep it from looking TOO dark. Stay away from too many super dark colors, as it makes photos look dull (especially black). Another idea would be to choose a couple pops of color, but keep the rest neutral.

        When you are deciding on your clothing, you want to coordinate, but not match. So I wouldn’t recommend just saying “We’re doing blue,” and then going out and getting tons of the same colored shirts for everyone. Get a textured shirt in light blue, a gray shirt for another, a floral dress with gray, cream and blue for another person, etc. See where I am going with this? The goal is to coordinate, but not match. Change up textures and prints. Stay away from thin, close together stripes (it has an odd effect in photographs), large logos, cartoon characters, or words on your clothing, as it detracts from the main subject of the photo: you. Also avoid neon colors, they make color casts onto skin and it’s not pretty.

        Choose well-fitting clothing and something that you feel confident in. Stick to a certain style for everyone. If one person is going to wear casual, beachy clothing, everyone needs to. I would suggest starting with mom’s clothing first, then build the kid’s outfits off of that, and then find something for dad that coordinates last.

        Don’t forget to coordinate shoes! This is usually the thing most people forget about, and it really makes a difference. Stay away from athletic shoes. Wear shoes that go with the style you are wearing.

        I know that was a lot of info to throw at you, but if you need ideas, please check out my Pinterest Board for inspiration (I pin things pretty often, so the most recent pins are most likely available to purchase if you want. I try to pin a variety of price ranges, too).

        Also, feel free to send me an e-mail, text, or Facebook message if you need help deciding. I love when clients send me wardrobe photos!

        Hair:

        Quick note on hair. Keep it loose and flowy, rather than tight and pulled back. I’d rather your child showed up in 2 day old braids than tight french braids. Messy hair is more inspiring and fun to photograph than perfect hair! But really, if it looks good in wavy curls, then do it because that’s going to photograph the best. And if it’s windy, it will look amazing!

        Where to shop:

        These are just suggestions, of course, but here is a list of some of my favorite clothing shops:

        Whole Family:

        http://www.target.com $-$$
        H&M – $$
        https://www.zara.com/us/ $$

        Babies & kids:

        https://www.babblebear.com/ $$
        https://www.patpat.com/ $-$$
        https://www.lennylemons.com/ $$-$$$
        https://brittandbo.com/ $-$$
        https://aliceandames.com/ – $$-$$$
        http://www.joyfolie.com – $$-$$$

        Women:

        http://www.Forever21.com $-$$
        https://www.hazelandolive.com/ $$-$$$
        https://www.lulus.com/ $$-$$$
        http://www.shoptealgarcia.com/ $$-$$$
        https://www.piperandscoot.com/ $$-$$$
        https://www.roolee.com/ $$-$$$
        http://www.joyfolie.com – $$-$$$

        Men and Women:

        http://us.asos.com/ – $$-$$$$

        Examples:

        Why it works:

        The colors here all go so well together! They chose only one pattern, and everyone else has solid colors but some have a little bit of texture. I love that two of the boys both have blue shirts but they are different shades.  The mom’s gorgeous wrap dress is from Shop + Teal Garcia.

         portland or family photographer

        Why it works:

        They started with the floral dress, then pulled colors from the print to use for the other family members. The pink dress has lace elements, for added texture, and the dad’s shirt is also a textured print. The daughter’s floral dress can be found here and the gray one is here. The mom’s maternity gown is on Amazon here.

        Portland family photographer

        Why it works:

        I’m a sucker for some pretty vintage dresses! These three work great together because they are all pastels in the same tone family and they are all from around the same era. If you need a fabulous source for vintage dresses, my friend sells them in her etsy shop @bumbleandboogs (which is where I got these dresses!)

        Portland family photographer

        Why it works:

        The little girl’s denim dress has a small flower print, plus some white lace detail on the front which sets it apart from the other denim. Everyone looks really casual but still classy, which is great for a comfy in-home session. This family knew that their headboard was a bold color so they stuck with muted colors for their wardrobe and it really works.

        Portland, Oregon lifestyle photographer

        Why it works:

        Because suspenders. Please put boys in suspenders whenever possible 😉 The color palette here is mostly gray, white, and blue, but they added some funky socks for the older boy which looks adorable. They added some interest by putting the older boy in a checkered shirt, and baby in a subtle patterned shirt. If I could change anything, it would be the mom’s black pants. I’m just not a fan of black clothing in photos because it dulls the image and it’s hard to see the detail.

        Portland family photographer

        Why it works:

        I absolutely love flower crowns! I have a small collection, so don’t hesitate to ask me to bring them for your shoot, or you can bring your own (like these girls did). My favorite etsy shop to get flower crowns is Simple Tree Boutique.

        These outfits work because they are all wearing adorable dresses that are fun to twirl in (twirling is my favorite!) and the colors compliment each other. I love that their shoes were well thought out and look adorable.

        Portland family photographer

        Why it works:

        These colors look so good together, and the flower crowns just tie it all together. The mom actually rented her daughter’s dress online, along with the flower crowns. I love the texture and the fluff on the girl’s dress and the mom looks amazing in her turquoise dress. Their hair is so pretty down and curly.

        For an In-Home Session:

        I started with the Little girl’s floral Dress and then pulled colors from there to dress everyone else. Mom’s sweater is textured to add some interest, and no one has the same color up top. Some of the outfits don’t show bottoms, but I figure that different shades of blue jeans would work well for mom and the older boy. Everything is pretty casual because they are just hanging out at home. Everyone can be in bare feet or socks.

          Portland family photographer

        For an Outdoor Family Session:

        I’ve been eyeing the mom’s dress for a while now, and I decided I wanted to build a family session outfit idea off of it. Her dress has blue and cream, so I used those colors for a lot of the other outfits, and then added in some brown and mustard because they look great with those colors. Adding lace is always great for adding some texture, as well as chambray shirts (what the dad is wearing). The baby boy romper is so dang cute, I love baby rompers! The little girl’s lace dress is here, older girl’s dress can be found here, and the boy’s shirt is here.

        Portland family photographer

         

        Don’t forget to send me an e-mail, text, or Facebook message if you have any questions!

        Examples:

        portland or family photographer

        Why it works:

        The colors here all go so well together! They chose only one pattern, and everyone else has solid colors but some have a little bit of texture. I love that two of the boys both have blue shirts but they are different shades.  The mom’s gorgeous wrap dress is from Shop + Teal Garcia.

         

        Why it works:

        They started with the floral dress, then pulled colors from the print to use for the other family members. The pink dress has lace elements, for added texture, and the dad’s shirt is also a textured print. The daughter’s floral dress can be found here and the gray one is here. The mom’s maternity gown is on Amazon here.

         

        Why it works:

        I’m a sucker for some pretty vintage dresses! These three work great together because they are all pastels in the same tone family and they are all from around the same era. If you need a fabulous source for vintage dresses, my friend sells them in her etsy shop @bumbleandboogs (which is where I got these dresses!)

         

        Portland, Oregon lifestyle photographer

        Why it works:

        The little girl’s denim dress has a small flower print, plus some white lace detail on the front which sets it apart from the other denim. Everyone looks really casual but still classy, which is great for a comfy in-home session. This family knew that their headboard was a bold color so they stuck with muted colors for their wardrobe and it really works.

         

        Why it works:

        Because suspenders. Please put boys in suspenders whenever possible 😉 The color palette here is mostly gray, white, and blue, but they added some funky socks for the older boy which looks adorable. They added some interest by putting the older boy in a checkered shirt, and baby in a subtle patterned shirt. If I could change anything, it would be the mom’s black pants. I’m just not a fan of black clothing in photos because it dulls the image and it’s hard to see the detail.

         

         

        Why it works:

        I absolutely love flower crowns! I have a small collection, so don’t hesitate to ask me to bring them for your shoot, or you can bring your own (like these girls did). My favorite etsy shop to get flower crowns is Simple Tree Boutique.

        These outfits work because they are all wearing adorable dresses that are fun to twirl in (twirling is my favorite!) and the colors compliment each other. I love that their shoes were well thought out and look adorable.

        Why it works:

        These colors look so good together, and the flower crowns just tie it all together. The mom actually rented her daughter’s dress online, along with the flower crowns. I love the texture and the fluff on the girl’s dress and the mom looks amazing in her turquoise dress. Their hair is so pretty down and curly.

         

        For an In-Home Session:

        I started with the Little girl’s floral Dress and then pulled colors from there to dress everyone else. Mom’s sweater is textured to add some interest, and no one has the same color up top. Some of the outfits don’t show bottoms, but I figure that different shades of blue jeans would work well for mom and the older boy. Everything is pretty casual because they are just hanging out at home. Everyone can be in bare feet or socks.

         

        For an Outdoor Family Session:

        I’ve been eyeing the mom’s dress for a while now, and I decided I wanted to build a family session outfit idea off of it. Her dress has blue and cream, so I used those colors for a lot of the other outfits, and then added in some brown and mustard because they look great with those colors. Adding lace is always great for adding some texture, as well as chambray shirts (what the dad is wearing). The baby boy romper is so dang cute, I love baby rompers! The little girl’s lace dress is here, older girl’s dress can be found here, and the boy’s shirt is here.

        Don’t forget to send me an e-mail, text, or Facebook message if you have any questions!