What do I wear you say…

Coordinating your family for photographs can be one of those difficult things in life.  I know I dreaded it when my sister in law and I were trying to coordinate across the state what we were going to wear for my parents 40th wedding anniversary present.  Even though my mother took tons of photos of my brother and I, there aren’t a lot of family portraits after I got into high school and beyond.  So it was decided that for my parent’s 4oth anniversary that they would get family portraits for all of us that being my brother and his family, my parents and I.

How do you coordinate a group that large?  There are a lot of ways to do it.  Here are some:

  • Colors out of the same family.
  • Common factor.
  • Matching.
  • Coordinated looks.

You might be saying colors out of the same family what is that suppose to mean.  Well if I mean if one person has a primary color then everyone should be in a primary color.  If one person is in a more pastel group of colors then everyone should be.  You might think why would I want to do that when we all have different taste in clothes.  Well the reason for a family portrait is to have pictures of your family.  Your faces should be the stars of your photographs.  Your eye should go immediately to your faces.  Your clothes should not distract from the smiles on your faces. The following example is how the colors were of the same family which is NEON.

Now for a common factor if you are going to casual then everyone should be in casual clothes.  If you are going to be formal then everyone should be in formal attire.  And again this all goes back to your faces should be the stars, and not your clothing.

If you are going to be matching then you might as well match.  If several people have on white tops and khakis then everyone should be wearing it.

A coordinated look is where nothing matches, but the colors coordinate together.  The family doesn’t match, but the whole group blends together.  Personally for me I look for inspiration for this from commercials like Old Navy or The Gap.  Just stay with me…So if you watch one of their TV commercials and they have a family together.  Most of the time, these commercials have a coordinated group as the center of their ad.  Now I am not saying everyone in your family had to go down to The Gap and get your outfits for your next family portrait.  What I am saying is to get ideas from these commercials on how to coordinate your next family portrait.  These companies pay lot of money for their appeal to look coordinated why not benefit from it.  Here is an example of coordinated family look.

Now for comes the exceptions to the rule…..I have seen a large family in khakis and then each family had different color shirts.  Example would be a family with 4 kids, and those 4 kids each had a family of their own.  Everyone had a simpler bottom on like khakis or jeans.  Then the 4 kids’ families each had different color shirts let’s go with green, blue, black, red.  It had a unique effect of breaking up each of those 4 kids’ families.

Since we are in mid winter here is an example of coordinated look.