One of the most important things to consider with family portraiture is the selection of outfit. Though still necessary for some purposes, but rarely these days when each member would want to wear a formal outfit for a family portrait.
The selection of coordinating or themed outfit is one of today’s popular family picture ideas. Wearing a color coordinated outfit is actually a great idea. But this should be planned carefully as it might make or break the beautiful result of the portrait.
Here are a few of some portrait outfit ideas to enhance your portrait:
Colors, when used appropriately, can give more life to your photos. Family portraits look better when clothing colors blend well, but it is vital not to overdo it. Make sure that colors do not distract from the people’s faces by coordinating everyone’s color from top to bottom. Choosing neutral light-colored clothing such as white, gray, khaki, brown and black usually provides a fresh, vivid look to photos that compliment well with a range of backgrounds.
Different styles of outfit
The style doesn’t have to be the same for everyone in the picture. The selection of the style should best reflect the individuality of each family member. Let everyone show his own style with a color or combination of color that blends well with the rest of the colors in the portrait.
Variation of shades
The selection of color for your outfit doesn’t have to be strictly limited to the same shade. The important thing is to focus on one base color and then have each member wear a variation shade of the chosen base color.
Choose a base tone for the tops then pick a variation shade for everyone. The style should not be the same, otherwise you’ll look like a team rather than a family with different individuality. Polos, jackets, button-ups, sweaters, cardigans, tees, crew necks, v-necks and tunics are some of the myriad of style options for the tops. Never use a bold color for one family member so as not to make other members part of the background.
Neutral tones are perfect for your bottoms. Pants, skirts and shorts in shades of dark denim, brown, khaki and black won’t distract from the faces of the subjects. Just make sure that no one wears something very different to avoid making it the focus in your portrait. If one or two members wear a denim pants, try to make a variation shade and style for the others, otherwise, what you’ll see in your portrait would be a sea of denim pants, instead of faces. This tends to happen especially if you’re a big family.