1. What should we wear for our family photographs?
This is probably the question that I get asked the most – what to wear. My advice is always to wear whatever you would like to be wearing in your family photos – the ‘look’ that you want for your photos is entirely up to you. For example, some families may want to have a smart look for their photos, whereas others may want a more relaxed, casual look. These photos may be to mark a significant point in your family’s timeline where looking smart is important to you, or they may be photos that are to record natural family life as it happens, where being casual is the norm. As long as you are all on the same page about what style you are going for, so you are all at the same level of smartness or casualness, then anything is fine!
Within that, there are a few bits of advice that I would offer –
Think about how all of your clothing choices are going to look when put together. There’s no need to be ‘matching’ – for example, don’t think that you all have to wear blue jeans with white shirts. Different is good. But try to avoid wearing colours that are going to clash with each other. Wearing colours that subtly tone together can be nice to make your photographs more consistent.
Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. The most important thing for me is that you feel you can be happy, natural and relaxed in your photographs and enjoy the photoshoot session – the clothes we wear can have a huge impact on how we are feeling about ourselves, particularly when there is a camera involved. So wear that dress which makes you feel amazing! Wear those trousers you feel really comfy in. Wear that jumper or jacket that you felt was made for you! It will make a real difference to how you are in the pictures.
Bear in mind the environment that we are going to be shooting in. If we’re going for a walk on the beach or in the meadow, choose clothes and footwear that are going to be appropriate for this. Also consider whether it’s likely to be hot, cold etc. We can always have a change of look if you want to add/remove coats/jackets/jumpers etc once we’re there.
It’s a known fact that small children will mess up any nice clothing that they are wearing within about 2 minutes flat, so we will do our best to get lots of photos before that happens! But if they do get muddy knees, don’t worry about it, it’s all part of the family lifestyle and a lot of fun!