What To Wear For Family Portraits.

Jan 14, 2021

What To Wear For Family Portraits

This question is one I get all the time. It’s the 2nd most important thing to consider for your Family Portrait session (the 1st is who’s gonna be in the picture).

When I chat with mom’s considering hiring me, this question gets answered after I ask a few questions. When she decides on where her portrait will be displayed, that gets the conversation going in the right direction. A formal dining room portrait looks and feels different from the one in the family room or in your child’s bedroom.

Are you going with a timeless look? Khakis and white shirts, jeans and black tops. Both look great, but do they speak to you about your family?
What about your favorite colors? Do you want this portrait to tell the story of your family? That’s when things get interesting!

I try to keep the colors on the same palate, which is to say coordinated. If everyone’s wearing similar colors and Grandma shows up for the session in a bright red outfit, it doesn’t really mesh and throws the feeling of the portrait off. There are better ways to showcase Grandma.

I like having a variety of images to show mom when she sees her portraits. I’ll always ask that everyone brings an extra sweater, scarf or jacket to quickly throw on for a slightly different look. These little differences make nice changes and offer variety.

About Stuart Hasson Studios

I want to scream this from the Mountain Tops: PORTRAITS ARE IMPORTANT!
As I get older, this feeling reveals itself so often.  We say it WAY too often; “I wish I had just one more, better, current, great (whatever) picture of my Dad, sister, best friend or child… and now I’ll never have it.”  It doesn’t have to be that heavy,  but the feeling is the same.  Portraits are Important.

This image reminds me of when I could jump off the porch and still walk 🙂
We were in Falmouth, ME with a client family creating wonderful images with my retired Hasselblad (film) camera.  I’m back there now (in my mind) and I can smell the warm sea breeze, hear the kids laughing and the parents putting up with my dumb jokes.  I was on top of the world.

This picture is about 30 years old but it brings me back every time I look at it.  THAT’s why I’m a photographer: To help people REMEMBER all of the good things in their Life!

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