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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. Another idea would be to choose a couple pops of color, but keep the rest neutral. (Photo examples at the end of this page.)

        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, pink and blue for another person, a pink lace dress for another, etc. See where I am going with this? The goal is to coordinate, but not match. Change up textures and prints.

        AVOID! Stay away from thin, close together stripes (it has an odd effect in photographs), small plaid prints (also looks weird in photos), large logos, cartoon characters, or words on your clothing, as it detracts from the main subject of the photo: you. Stay away from too many super dark colors, as it makes photos look dull (especially black, avoid black as a base color of an article of clothing). Also avoid neon colors, they make color casts onto skin and it’s not pretty.

        DO 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.

        CLIENT CLOSET! I have a client closet full of beautiful dresses, rompers, etc for clients to borrow during their session. Please check it out and let me know if you need additional sizing info or if you want to set up a time to try something on.

        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 a message, 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:

        If I don’t have something you’d like to borrow in my client closet, 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:

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

        Women:

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

        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 Dress + Muse and is available to borrow from my client closet.

         portland or family photographer

        Why it works:

        I love little boy rompers, and this kid really pulls it off! Mom is wearing a gorgeous backless maternity dress, and dad’s shirt has a subtle pattern for added interest. The romper and dress are a part of my client closet and available to borrow at your next session!

        family in their home in portland oregon playing

        Why it works:

        When you have a larger family, coordinating may get a little harder, but this works so perfectly! The two florals are different enough and the colors look amazing together. The older girl has a rust color that is found in both floral dresses so that really ties them in. The dad went with a blue chambray which has great texture (and the suspenders are a nice touch!), and the little boy has a cream colored shirt. I love that the boys are both in brown-ish pants but completely different shades. Everyone but dad was dressed with clothing from my client closet. The little girls are in Joyfolie dresses, which is my favorite online shop for little girls.

        maternity family photo session in portland oregon

        Why it works:

        The light pink floral maxi looks great with the little girl’s darker pink dress, and the mom’s off-white lace reclamation dress adds texture to the combo. I love these spring colors they chose, and florals go with lace so perfectly.

        mom and daughters in dresses in oregon

        Why it works:

        Sometimes using a few different patterns works, and this is one of those times. I’m obsessed with the mom’s dress, which she borrowed from my client closet. Everyone is in different colors, but those colors all look great together. The raspberry color is in the youngest’s dress and the mom’s dress, and the blue colors are also in the youngest’s dress, so it all ties together.

        family dancing together in portland

        Why it works:

        Because suspenders. Please put boys in suspenders whenever possible 😉 The color palette here is a mix of cool and warm colors, and it’s the perfect balance. They added some interest by putting the dad in a checkered shirt, and youngest in a subtle patterned shirt. And the boys have incredibly cute shoes! The mom’s dress was borrowed from my client closet, and it was purchased at Piper & Scoot, which is one of my favorite online boutiques.

        family photography in portland oregon

        Why it works:

        They went with all solid colors, rather than adding in any patterns, and it looks great. They used all colors that look amazing together. I love that there are at least 2 different shades of each color used: blue, brown, and raspberry/pink. Everyone looks good next to each family member. The dresses are both part of my client closet, as well as the younger boy’s shirt and pants (the one in the air). Also take notice of their amazing shoe choices!

        Portland family photographer

        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 Dress+Muse.

        Why it works:

        I love little boy rompers, and this kid really pulls it off! Mom is wearing a gorgeous backless maternity dress, and dad’s shirt has a subtle pattern for added interest. The romper and dress are a part of my client closet and available to borrow at your next session!

        Why it works:

        When you have a larger family, coordinating may get a little harder, but this works so perfectly! The two florals are different enough and the colors look amazing together. The older girl has a rust color that is found in both floral dresses so that really ties them in. The dad went with a blue chambray which has great texture (and the suspenders are a nice touch!), and the little boy has a cream colored shirt. I love that the boys are both in brown-ish pants but completely different shades. Everyone but dad was dressed with clothing from my client closet. The little girls are in Joyfolie dresses, which is my favorite online shop for little girls.

        Why it works:

        The light pink floral maxi looks great with the little girl’s darker pink dress, and the mom’s off-white lace reclamation dress adds texture to the combo. I love these spring colors they chose, and florals go with lace so perfectly.

        Why it works:

        Sometimes using a few different patterns works, and this is one of those times. I’m obsessed with the mom’s dress, which she borrowed from my client closet. Everyone is in different colors, but those colors all look great together. The raspberry color is in the youngest’s dress and the mom’s dress, and the blue colors are also in the youngest’s dress, so it all ties together.

        family photography in portland oregon

        Why it works:

        Because suspenders. Please put boys in suspenders whenever possible 😉 The color palette here is a mix of cool and warm colors, and it’s the perfect balance. They added some interest by putting the dad in a checkered shirt, and youngest in a subtle patterned shirt. And the boys have incredibly cute shoes! The mom’s dress was borrowed from my client closet, and it was purchased at Piper & Scoot, which is one of my favorite online boutiques.

        family photographer in Portland Oregon

        Why it works:

        They went with all solid colors, rather than adding in any patterns, and it looks great. They used all colors that look amazing together. I love that there are at least 2 different shades of each color used: blue, brown, and raspberry/pink. Everyone looks good next to each family member. The dresses are both part of my client closet, as well as the younger boy’s shirt and pants (the one in the air). Also take notice of their amazing shoe choices!

         

        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!