Every year since becoming engaged, we have made sure to schedule some family pictures to capture how far we’ve come in just a year. Since then we’ve expanded our family by just one tiny guy and, even more, it is even important for us to capture how much he grows and changes from year to year. With a snapshot of time captured, comes the challenge of full on wardrobe coordination without being too matchy-matchy. As I am preparing my family for a cohesive look for our family pictures, here’s a few tips and tricks on how I get that styled but not twinning look for a family of three. Plus, a couple of bonus tips on helping your photos turn as good as possible!
Pick a location – We’ve done the beach once and the mountains a few times, so I wanted a little bit of change and something a little more reflectant on our life in the desert. Taking all that into consideration, we’ve decided on Joshua Tree for the location of our family pictures this year.
Choose a color scheme – Because we were going to be outdoors in a desert-y area with a little less greenery, I chose to dress my family in earth tones. What I like to do is search for color palettes on Pinterest and build our outfits based on that. Though I didn’t use these ones specifically, I think the one in the top right corner has unlimited potential.
Finding wardrobe pieces that compliment each other – I will use the color palette I’m inspired by and find different pieces for everyone without dressing father and son in the same color and or style top and bottom and then mom in a similarly colored dress or something. Instead I will start with one person (usually mine, because honestly I care more about what I’m wearing than anyone else in the group!), build their outfit, and then create the next persons outfit (In this case, my hubby’s!) with a color from the color palette that the first outfit doesn’t include at all. For my hubby I will usually choose two or three complete outfits, within the color palette, and then let him pick what he likes best. After that, the last one (Hudson’s) is pretty easy to make. I will make sure they are all subtly tied together. In this case I’ve tried to create the child’s to be the standout outfit with lots of color, while mom and dad’s reflect mostly neutral tones that tie together nicely.
If you must be trendy, do it subtly – Because trends come and go, while the classics are always safe. Despite my desire to wear a bunch of layered necklaces or a choker, I will veer away from that simply because I don’t want to look back on these photos in twenty years and feel anything more than nostalgia if know what I’m saying. i.e. – big puffy sleeves, shoulder pads, matching track suits, etc. I will however, stay true to where I am in my life and love the way I’m dressed.
Make the investment – I whole-heartedly believe, that pictures are worth the investment. There’s honestly not much else I can add on to that statement. Whenever possible don’t let the cost deter you from getting something you’d be proud to hang up on the walls in your home. Someone with the talent to authentically capture the emotion and love your family shares is worth every penny. If you’re in the southern California area, I’d recommend Erica of Erica Schneider Photography without hesitation. She is a true talent and a joy to be around!
Give yourself plenty of time – We’ve learned this lesson the hard way. Especially when you’re traveling for pictures, make sure you overcompensate for get-ready time paired with driving time. If you feel like you’re rushing up until the moment you meet with your photographer this can cause a little added stress and maybe even show through in your photos. You want to look + feel your best and it is always more pleasant to get there with time to spare as opposed to showing up right on time or even a little late. Honestly, happy and relaxed faces could even trump perfectly planned outfits so this is my number one tip!
And there you have it, my top six tips and tricks for planning complimentary outfits that don’t appear embarrassingly matchy-matchy, while looking + feeling your best. How do you prepare your family for photos? If you have any tips I didn’t list here, definitely leave them in the comments below!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have the best Tuesday!