We all know that clothes can make or break the perfect family portrait. Here you'll find guidance on what best to wear for the portrait you're dreaming of...
Classic FAmily Portrait
We take casual pictures every day. They all begin to blend together. By dressing UP, you're telling your children that THIS portrait is special. And it will stand out from the rest.
Choosing Clothing and Color...
The best color pallets for our portraits are jewel tones/dark colors. These colors create a cohesive look that is timeless and will coordinate well with your home.
Portrait art created on our beautiful and timeless backgrounds allows for contrast with the warmth of your skin tones. This will draw all of the attention to your faces in your portrait.
For gentleman, we recommend a dark suit or tuxedo. A suit coat or jacket will complete your look. A white or coordinating dress shirt that looks great without a tie is recommended.
For the ladies, we recommend you choose a gown that is dark or jewel toned. Dresses with sleeves are significantly more flattering than sleeveless/strap/strapless dresses. This helps draw attention to your face vs arms etc.
For the children...
For the girls, A dark or jewel toned dress is also recommended, preferably in the same color palette as the rest of the family. For girls, sleeveless or short sleeved dresses work well.
For the boys, Dressing the boys similar to the men is the ideal choice. Jackets are highly recommended, however young boys may also wear a dress shirt with a vest in place of a jacket or suit coat.
Cultural clothing is wonderful, and clothing related to activities such as horseback riding, orchestra, or dance is welcome.
For a stunning formal portrait start with a blend of rich, understated colors. Add a little dark-on-dark pattern with accessories. Don’t be afraid to spice it up with a color splash, flattering necklines and jewelry. Darker tones work well to simplify the overall look.
Dark clothing tends to slenderize. Longer sleeves also slenderize and flatter.
Farmers tan? Unless you have perfectly tanned arms, please avoid strapless or sleeveless dresses/blouses.
Casual Family Portrait
A causal take on the classic portrait.
For families who really want their portrait to feel casual, but a little dressed up, we highly recommend blue-jeans and black / dark grey shirts/blouses/dresses - and black shoes. Your feet may be seen in the portrait.
The darker clothing draws the eye to your faces and connection, which is where we want it to be.
Outdoor Casual Family Portrait
Keeping with a color scheme helps create a portrait of unity.
Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas for family portraits that keep you all within a color scheme that best fits your family's personalities. We still recommend a darker shirts to draw attention to the eye, but we also want to invite you to be YOU and we're happy to work with color schemes and styles that really resonate with your family.