What to wear for a family photo shoot in the summer?

How to choose clothes for a family summer photo shoot?

If you are reading this article, it means that you are planning a family summer photo session soon . How to dress for a photo shoot? How to choose clothes for photography for the whole family, so that the photos look harmonious? What colors should I wear? Is it worth it to look for the same clothes or for great family shots you can just stick to the same style and color scheme? What clothes should be excluded? You will learn about all this in this article.

So, for starters, let's figure out what family look is and is it needed? Family look - clothes in the same style for the whole family. This is not necessarily the same clothing, as many people think, it is a single style and color combination of things, which means that family look is required for family shots. Agree dad in a tracksuit, mom in an elegant dress, and a daughter in pajamas, while running on a sunflower field, will look strange.

Take the choice of clothing for shooting very seriously, it is worth starting to think through the images in advance, so that you have time to go shopping and buy the missing items and accessories.

Color scheme, how to choose?

Most likely your summer photo session is planned outdoors. It can be either a forest, or the shore of a reservoir, or a flowering field. Look what colors are combined with your place of shooting, for example, if the photo shoot takes place in the forest, then you should choose a color solution that matches the green color of the foliage. This does not mean that all family members should be dressed in the same color. Up to three colors will harmoniously look in the frame, not counting white, black and gray - stylists call them achromatic, so feel free to combine them with others. So, having chosen one main color, add accents and details of other colors to it, which will resonate with each other, and look harmoniously on the general plan. The easiest way is to take white or beige as the basis and choose a companion color for it, possibly a seasonally fashionable shade. Or you can push off from a certain pattern, for example, if your mom has a striped tunic, pick up clothes or accessories with stripes for other family members, combining it with plain clothes. Solid colors separate a person from the background of nature, a variety of colors, textures, colors. Do not choose too bright, colorful clothes, it will attract too much attention, Nevertheless, the focus should be primarily on you. For a change, you can add patterns to children's clothes, for example, pick up a floral dress for your daughter or a plaid shirt for your son.

Basic colors that you should pay attention to when choosing clothes for a summer photo shoot:

White, beige, ivory, gray, nude. Light delicate colors are usually self-sufficient and do not require additions.
Blue, blue and their shades from dusty blue to indigo. Blue is a very restrained color, it can be soft and clean, but, nevertheless, it is multifaceted and refreshes the simplest image, gives it a discreet, but attractive color highlight. Combining this rather finicky color is better with neutral shades: gray, white, nude or powdery.
Pink, muffled: dusty or pastel.
Yellow and its shades, and canary - in general, the trend of the summer of 2018. Canary perfectly combines with pink, white, green and ultraviolet.
Violet and its shades. By the way, Pantone experts called Ultraviolet the main color of the year. Saturated, cosmic purple, as if glowing from the inside - will definitely attract attention.

Details create the family image, which is why do not forget about accessories: jewelry, light scarves, hats - will finalize your image. “Layers” in clothes are a thrown jacket or cardigan, an open shirt, a vest. All these tricks make your image more interesting, more intense.

After composing the images, put things on the floor, add accessories, take a photo. Send the photo to the family photographer, maybe he will advise you to change something or, on the contrary, he will praise him for an excellent choice.

What style of clothing to choose for a family summer photo shoot in nature?

Choose natural fabrics: linen, cotton, silk, satin. Loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. The most popular looks: casual, here your favorite looks are suitable, which can be easily revived with professional makeup and styling. Also, the styles of rustic, marine, safari will look winning.

Choose for mom:

  • sundresses, tunics dresses from flowing fabric

  • denim shorts, skirts, jumpsuits

  • tops, t-shirts and shirts

  • flat sandals, moccasins, slip-ons

  • hats

Categorical no:

  • shoes with heels, elegant and cocktail dresses, sequins and rhinestones

For Dad:

  • jeans or linen trousers, Bermuda

  • shirts with rolled up sleeves, plain polo and t-shirts

  • sneakers, moccasins

Categorical no:

  • sneakers, T-shirts with sports logos

Girls:

  • sundresses, tunics dresses from flowing fabric

  • denim shorts, skirts, jumpsuits

  • tops, t-shirts and shirts

  • flat sandals, moccasins, slip-ons

Categorical no:

  • elegant dresses with ruffles, sequins and rhinestones

Boys:

  • jeans or linen trousers, Bermuda

  • shirts with rolled up sleeves, plain polo and t-shirts

  • sneakers, moccasins

Categorical no:

  • sandals, sneakers, T-shirts with sports logos

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