Does the idea of having your family pictures taken strike fear in your heart; wondering if the kids will be on their best behavior? Stress; because nobody has anything great to wear? Just plain and simple freaking out?
Well here a few tips on styling your family's photo shoot and hopefully relieve some your stress. The kids behavior I can't help you with. I have my own to deal with. Sorry.
Be creative, interesting and detailed.
Gone are the days of being matchy-matchy; the goal is to have everyone compliment each other. Family photos will have a lot more depth and interest when you add texture and layers.
With a family of six there is more thought process involved as you obviously have more people to dress. I wanted to give this family a style and "feel" to their photos that truly reflects who they are.
I started by going through the family's closets and choosing a complimentary color theme and then adding pattern and neutrals. Pay attention to the small details; notice the polka dots and stripes throughout the picture. This creates a uniform look and is pleasing to the eye. Depth is created in this photo by adding lots of texture and layers.
Pick rich, bright colors to add fun to your photos and color to your complexion.
I chose four different colors for interest and only one pattern for a pop.
Have one person be the "stand-out" in your photos. Picking a pattern such as a stripe, animal print or polka dot will help you create this look.
This family is mostly in neutrals and muted colors and the "stand-out" is created by adding a bold stripe to one individual. Small patterns in a few strategic places help create balance and interest.
Styled by client. Photo by A. Kline Photography
Another example of using one person as the "stand-out" in your photo's. This was created by doing a stripe and bold color combination while keeping everyone else in complimentary colors and tones.
You could also have your "stand-out" person wear a solid, bright color while everyone else wears a pattern. It's a fun way to mix things up and pull your look together.
Remember, it's about having fun and making it you!