What Should I Wear?!
When booking family sessions or group sessions, the first hurdle is finding a time when everyone is available. The next thought is… “WHAT DO WE WEAR?”
My consistent question back to the group organizer is… “WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU?”
For some groups, letting individual personalities shine in clothing they wear every day is what matters. This is absolutely fine. For other groups, coordinating the perfect Pinterest-style photo is what matters. This is absolutely fine too. YOU BE YOU!
This list is for those families or groups who want to coordinate (rather, to come prepared in their best “Bib and Tucker”...I’m so proud I finally found a place to use this!):
TOP TEN TIPS FOR COORDINATING GROUP PHOTOS:
Pick one “style” for the group and have everyone commit to similar styles: dressy, business-casual, weekend-casual, sporty, etc.
You don’t have to match! Choose a color scheme. To make it easy, pick one or two dominant colors and one or two accessory colors. Accessories can be jewelry, shoes, belts, a subtle pattern or texture in your clothes, etc. Challenge individuals to work two or more of the group colors into their outfits (see #9).
Carefully plan (or avoid) strong graphics, patterns and logos amongst group members. Unless they are well-planned, these have the potential to be distracting in a group pose (see #10).
Chat about shoes and socks. Do you want to have a rule where everyone wears bare feet/ closed-toe shoes/ flip-flops/ dress-shoes/ runners/ etc.? Do the color of socks or shoes matter to you?
5. SLEEVE LENGTH/ PANT LENGTH
Chat about sleeve length and pant length. If you want things to be consistent, chat about this ahead of time.
If it matters to you, pick a color scheme and style that matches your home or office décor as this is likely where your prints will be displayed.
7. LOCATION, TIMING & SEASON FOR PHOTOS
Okay… this one isn’t so much about what you are wearing, but it is about the overall look of your images. Dress for the season and for the location your photo session. The time of day you schedule your photo session will impact the overall look of your photos. As your photographer, I would say that time of day is more important than the season you choose for photos.
8. MOOD OF PHOTOS
If you are drawn to images that seem light and airy, you need to wear “light and airy” colors. If you are drawn to images that are “dark and moody”, wear darker clothes.
9. COLOR GROUPS
When choosing your color scheme, consider complementary colors (think back to the color wheel in your art class or google “color wheel” to learn). Within your color scheme, have all group members wear similar shades/ tones or tints. (In simplicity, what this means is that the whole group would wear pastel tints or jewel tones or dark shades).
10. CREATIVE PEOPLE
If you are a lover of fashion and enjoy the task, introduce coordinating textures and patterns throughout the group (while staying within your chosen color groups/ shades/ tones and tints). Lay everything out together ahead of the photo shoot so you can see what things looks like together.
Take heart that it is also normal for family or group members to have differences in opinion. In honesty, group members being frustrated over what they have to wear to the photo session is fairly typical! Don’t stress if this is your situation. Give me a call and we can chat about some ideas.