What to Wear
I personally think it’s nice when family members wear complimentary colors and each can bring their own style, rather than everyone in the same button-down and pants. A way to pick a color is to think about where this family portrait will hang in your home because you will want the colors to coordinate with that room. Neutrals with a pop of color is always nice. I would go with three colors, so for example a beige/cream/white and then your accent colors could be navy/pink, navy/yellow, blues/denims. You also want to take session location into consideration. If we are in summer months, you would want to avoid dressing everyone in heavy flannel. If it’s a warm day, go with light and airy attire (linen, khaki’s) and if a bit cooler maybe a chunky sweater or cardigan so there are layers to remove which can help change up the look. Just be sure there is a base color and you bring the accent colors to really pop and stand out. It can be helpful to start with one family members outfit and then build the others around that. Try laying all the clothing out together so you can see how they work with one another. You can always send me a photo of clothing ideas or any questions. I love to play stylist and when I see the outfits ahead of time it always makes me so much more excited because then I can really start to visualize the shoot.
Try to stay away from crazy patterns on multiple family members (example: avoid a a paisley print dress on mom and geometric patterns on child). That can be too busy and will take the eye away from the subjects in the photo. Some patterns and prints can work together and definitely don’t be afraid of them. They can work great in moderation. Try one statement piece (for instance, a colorful floral dress for mom) and one subtle pattern (maybe tiny polka dots for baby girl), and then keep the rest of the family more simple. Accessories are always fun – statement necklace, shoes, hats, scarves, and/or sweater. Try to stick with items of clothing that are not too trendy so your photographs always remain timeless. Add some visual interest to your images with unique fabrics. Some examples: lace, cable knits, chambray, tweed, herringbone, chambray, faux fur, or wool.
Always try outfits on ahead of time. You want to check your outfits from all possible angles in the mirror, not just the one you like best. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. to make sure you are able to move comfortably since some shots will be standing and sitting. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that we can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down). For men, tailoring is important and to have items ironed. Properly fitted clothing looks put-together and will show your shape.
Please don’t let this overwhelm you! Below are some family photos to help give color palette inspiration for your family session. You got this!
The best time for a maternity shoot is when you have a nice round belly and are feeling comfortable. Typically, that is around 28-34wks but each woman is different, so it all depends on how you are showing and feeling. Comfort is the number one key! This maternity session will be a reflection of your pregnancy and growing family so stick what is true to yourself. I would advise everyone to not be super matchy matchy (think everyone in jeans and white shirts) but rather complimentary to one another. You will want to keep location and season in mind so for expecting mama, I would stick with creams, whites, pinks, pale blue or any warm toned color. These colors are always seen as timeliness which makes it easy when displaying in your home and it avoids them ever being too trendy. Maxi dresses are always flattering, and you could choose a flowy one if you didn’t want something tight fitted. Anything that is going to accentuate the bump the better.