DANIKEN photography | What do I wear?!

What do I wear?!

January 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

One of the most asked questions I get is: "What do we wear?"  Almost every photoshoot the client wants to know what they should wear.  And I get it.  It really is one of the most stressful parts of preparing your family for the session.  You want everyone to look perfect. My best advise is this ---> start with the most difficult person to dress.  In my house, I start with my husband, then my son, and then my daughter. Lastly,  I figure out what I will wear.  I try not to make everyone match perfectly.  And by that I mean we don't wear the exact same thing.  Some people like that look, though.  It's not wrong, it's just not us.  So I start with my husband.  From there I pull colors and patterns from each item of clothing.  Nothing matches perfectly, but we all coordinate.  Here's an example to show you what I mean.

So, I started with my husband.  He has a simple maroon sweater with a grey button down collared shirt underneath.  Next, I moved on to my son.  I had him in a pattern flannel that pulled the maroon from my husband's shirt with some rusty orange and a small amount of blue running through.  Then, for my daughter, I put her in a more textured blue shirt (even though you can't see the texture in this photo) to pull the blue from her brother's shirt and a grey skirt to pull the grey from my husband's collared shirt.  And then I threw on a simple grey sweater.  I actually have on an orange cami, but you can't see it at this angle. 

Some things to keep in mind are you can easily do all neutral clothing, but add accessories to add color and texture.  You can add a scarf, necklace, belt, jewelry, props...so many possibilities! Also, keep in mind where you might display the photo/s.  That might help you decide on what to wear or what color scheme you want to bring into your photos.  I know it's easy to get carried away with trying to get the perfect outfits and coordinating perfectly with each other, but you want to keep in mind that you want everyone to be comfortable.  Trust me, if you're uncomfortable in the photos, it will show!  I had us all dressed up with a yellow and grey color scheme one year and my husband hated it.  He's a pale 6'3" man and I had him dress up in a bright yellow sweater.  He hated it, but he wore it anyway for me.  It showed in the pictures how much he hated it.  Guess what?  Those photos never ended up on our wall. And for the sake of respecting my husband and not embarrassing him, I'm not going to show those photos in this blog.  But trust me, you can still dress comfortable and get a great family photo to hang on your wall. 

If all else fails and you can't decide what to wear, have everyone wear a white t-shirt and go barefoot.  You can throw powder tempera paint at each other or put colored water in little squirt guns or super soakers...paint fight!  The photographer can take some amazing candids of you and your family having a blast together. (Make sure you get a before photo). My point is you want to have a fun experience with your family photos while making memories!



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