Family Portraits

What To Wear For Outdoor Family Portraits

by Stuart Hasson

There’s not much difference in my approach to this question. Outdoor Family Portraits deserve the same consideration. “Where’s the portrait going to be displayed?” is always my first question for mom.

Outdoor portrait clothes deserve a 2nd look, though. The vast majority of these portrait sessions are more casual than studio sessions or ones inside client homes.
Comfort and being ‘real’ are my default suggestions. Are you Khaki or Blue jeans kind of people? Flannel or solids? We chat about this before every session to make sure the final images represent who your family is. We all have character and I want to show that in your family portrait.

It’s never very complicated but it certainly needs to be discussed. It’s a bit awkward when there’s a mismatched clothing combo. When there’s coordination in the clothing, there’s a peacefulness to the finished image. They’re easier to look at and far less distracting.

The time of year also plays a part when deciding on what you’re going to wear. If you’re scheduling a winter session, you’ll be a bit more bundled up. However, this never seems to get in the way of creating a lovely portrait of your family. During your session, I’ll be focused on your family connection, how you interact with each other and your expressions. The clothing is always secondary.

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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